In London’s (Off) West End 2019: The Hoopla UK and Ireland Improv Festival (Preview)
LONDON – The Hoopla UK and Ireland Improv Festival comes to London Bridge this April, celebrating togetherness in the last weekend of the month with 18 of the best improv groups from across the UK and Ireland with acts flying in from Dublin, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leicester, Birmingham and more.
Hoopla Impro was founded with the idea of bringing people together through improv and creating a warm, fun and friendly environment where people can come together and be themselves. Organised by the company behind the UK’S first improv theatre, Hoopla, the company has fast grown from weekly workshops above a pub in Balham to become the UK’s biggest improv school, running multiple courses every night of the week in venues across Central London as well as regularly running corporate workshops to clients including Google, Facebook, and Accenture.
With the festival, Hoopla’s favourite companies are coming together; inspired by spontaneity and collaboration, look out for hits such as Dreamweaver Quartet, who turn dreams into a reality within an improvised musical dreamscape, The Actor’s Nightmare, which sees the original improvisers from Whose Line Is It Anyway and Comedy Store Players join forces with a new generation to improvise an entire play with amazing characters and relationships. In addition, the festival aims to promote diversity in improv and comedy, and welcome the UK’s first ethnically diverse improvisational theatre company in JumProv join the Festival.
Says festival director Steve Roe: “The UK and Ireland improv scene is something to be proud of, and something Hoopla is proud to be part of. Hoopla was founded on the idea of bringing people together through improv, and so we wanted to celebrate this by bringing together lots of great groups from across the UK and Ireland and hopefully expose them to the bigger audience they deserve. We wanted to send a clear message to our improv friends, during this time of political uncertainty, that London is the welcoming place it always was, and that people from all backgrounds can still come together and make amazing things from nothing.”
The Hoopla UK and Ireland Improv Festival 2019 plays from 26th to 27th April 2019 at the Hoopla Improv Theatre, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS. For more information and tickets, visit their website here