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COMEDY COURSES & WORKshops

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This session will be a unique opportunity to Spend time with Comedian Dane Baptiste and See what techniques he uses to translate his initial raw thoughts to award winning comedy gold. Keen Students will get the chance to get invaluable feedback on their comedy routines and a Q&A session.  - New date coming soon

Two courses start Thursday 2nd May or Sunday 5th May 2024

Over six weeks, the course will guide you through the process of becoming a stand-up comedian, from writing your first piece of material to your debut performance. Sessions are run by professionals from the comedy circuit. The course culminates with a Showcase, in which you perform a comedy routine to a warm and friendly audience. Next courses start Thursday 2nd May, Sunday 5th May 2024

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Over six weeks, the course will guide you through the process of becoming a stand-up comedian, from writing your first piece of material to your debut performance. Sessions are run by professionals from the comedy circuit. The course culminates with a Showcase, in which you perform a comedy routine to a warm and friendly audience. Saturdays 6th April to 11th May 2024

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The basics of impersonation and mimicry. Looking at how we can work towards a good vocal and physical impersonation using vocal characteristics, physical signatures and personality to help access the voice/character. New date coming soon

with Luke Sorba - The best one day introduction to comedy improvisation available - for beginners as well as old hands who wish to brush up on their existing skills. Sunday 24th March 2024

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with Richard Knight (B.Ed.) This workshop sets out to teach the fundamental basics of illusionary mime principles - Sunday 24th March 2024

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with Mick Barnfather (Complicité & École Philippe Gaulier). This workshop will look at what it is that makes us laugh and how we can be funny - Sunday 28th April 2024

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with Tim Eagle. Introducing the basic devices at work in physical comedy by exploring some of the classic gags and routines through a variety of fun exercises and scratch performances. The course is designed for people with little or no experience of performing physical comedy - Sunday 9th June 2024

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A pilot course and NHS study for individuals who have previously experienced mental health difficulties. Started in January 2023

Part of our Wellbeing Project which uses group work to foster key skills of problem solving, developing team-working skills and building confidence. These sessions will encourage you to challenge your own perceived limitations by stepping outside your comfort zones within a safe and respectful environment.

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with Keith Palmer MBE - Director of the Comedy School. A fun, one-day event aimed at corporate individuals, teams and orgnisations, exploring how to become a more powerful and authentic communicator using comedy techniques - New dates coming soon

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Makes an ideal Christmas gift. In this half-day workshop, learn the elementary skills required to start being witty and develop the beginnings of a Stand-Up routine. More dates coming in January 2024

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with Luke Sorba - The best one day introduction to comedy improvisation available - for beginners as well as old hands who wish to brush up on their existing skills. New dates coming soon

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with Luke Sorba. A self-contained impro class of equal use to Short Form and Long Form enthusiasts. More Dates Coming Soon

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The basics of impersonation and mimicry. Looking at how we can work towards a good vocal and physical impersonation using vocal characteristics, physical signatures and personality to help access the voice/character. More Dates Coming Soon.

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This practical and innovative course is a great opportunity for those with a passion for comedy acting and performance to enhance their skills and put them into practice. Funny Theatre is designed to offer a challenge for both new and experienced performers and actors under the tutelage of experienced professionals. You can attend either term or both.

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with Sarah Hughes. This workshop is an entertaining exploration of comedy acting for theatre in its various forms by using lots of comedy scenes from modern plays. The workshop is open to all, and it will be a mixed group, but is best suited to those who already have some experience of performing on stage, whether professionally, as an amateur, or at school or college.

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with Rob Grant, co-creator of the smash hit science fiction comedy Red Dwarf. The densely-packed intense 2 day masterclass includes: How to develop your ideas  Plot and story structure  Creating and servicing characters  Selling your idea  And the keys to the mint: Comedy Techniques. There will be a practical session on Day 2, writing topical material for a sketch show which will be performed by professional comedians and recorded in front of a live audience

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with Dr Paulette Randall MBE. We will talk about different styles of comedy performing, discuss auditioning for comedy shows and how best to develop confidence in your comedy style and maximise your chances in auditions. Course members will also have the opportunity to work on a variety of filmed comedy scenes in the group which we will put on tape and then watch back.

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with John McDermott. The course is aimed at anyone over the age of 16, irrespective of academic background, with an interest in developing a knowledge of how Shakespeare's comedies might work in performance. Through a variety of practical activities particpants will:  Develop awareness of structures, energy, imagery and sound  Develop understanding of verse forms used in the play  Develop awareness of the importance of sub-text (meaning or meanings that lie behind a line of dialogue)  Apply skills in performance - small group performances of scenes from the play will be worked on.

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with Rudi Lickwood, one of the first black comedians on BBC The Stand Up Show. He specialises in Corporate Hospitality and Events, Sporting Functions, Product Launches, Award Ceremonies, Charity Fundraisers ensuring that every event is both a memorable experience and a success. . The Course is about learning the skills of a Compère/MC/Host - and understanding the critical ROLE of a Compère/MC/Host. More Info

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Discover your potential and experiment with a variety of performing art and adventure skills - Presented by The Comedy School & The Pirate Castle

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