Comedy |
18th May 2018

Ever fancied having a go at stand-up comedy?

ATTITUDE: Wanna Make Something Of it? The Secret of Stand-up Comedy by Tony Allen is 4 x 2 hour sessions over Friday and Saturday, plus a showcase gig on Sunday.

The workshop is a crash course for would-be Stand-Up comedians and aims to equip participants with enough technique, understanding and self-confidence to devise and perform an original 3-5 minute act to a live audience.

It is also appropriate for those working in other performance disciplines wishing to re-think their on-stage persona and presentational skills. As a consequence the guest tutors reflect this diversity and regularly include singer-songwriters, performance poets as well as stand-ups and MC.

Tony himself is something of a comedy legend, instrumental in the early days of London’s Comedy Store which launched the careers of some of the UK’s most recognisable alternative comedians such as Alexi Sayle, Ben Elton and Rik Mayall.

The workshop includes a variety of methods from improvised ranting to creative writing. Much of it involves identifying, honing and heightening versions of everyday speech and behaviour. It will not all apply and does not have to be learned and should be approached as if trying on every garment and accessory in the shop. Participants are encouraged to use the opportunity to make mistakes. There will be notes available on the essentials.

The central theme of the workshop is ATTITUDE. Participants are given continual feedback encouraging them to recognise and explore idiosyncratic quirks of their own personality, as well as playing to their more obvious strengths which will direct them towards developing a unique ATTITUDE that is essentially of themselves.

The workshop content is structured to cater for the needs of a wide ability range and participants invariably include professional performers working alongside absolute beginners and the inevitable thrill seekers.

Numerous comedians have attended Tony’s workshops and gone on to successful careers as comedians including Jeff Innocent.

Participants are encouraged to arrive half an hour early and use the time to socialise and warm up. They should have a small notebook and pen and be dressed to mess about.

Interested in attending the comedy workshop? Why not take a look at the ‘homework‘, and be top of the class!


18th May 2018

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