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The ABCs of Comedy : An Introduction to Stand-up Comedy Course - Creative Culture South West

Course Tutor - CHRIS BROOKS

Wednesdays, 19.30 - 21.30 from Wednesday 9th October to Wednesday 27th November.

At the BARNFIELD THEATRE, Barnfield Road, Exeter, EX1 1SN

Course Fee - £160

 

This 8 part comedy course will guide you through your first steps in the stand-up comedy world and help you  to develop and blend together the unique material, style and persona needed to produce a short and tight set of stand-up comedy. Over the eight sessions you will explore a range of essential comedic performance skills and techniques and build confidence and self-awareness within the performance space.

All those who complete the workshop will be invited to take part in Creative Culture South West's open mic comedy evening, Stand Up & Shout.

 

THE WISDOM OF FAIRYTALES

Although few of us have regular cause to kiss a frog, fend off a ravenous wolf or rescue our offspring from the ovens of cannibalistic witches, life can often seem frustrating, difficult and laden with dangers. This course is designed to journey through a landscape shaped by fairy tales and folk lore whilst exploring how the timeless wisdom of these stories can enhance the art of being, living and flourishing in the modern world. 

Themes explored through the many messages and motifs contained within fairy tales include handling change and transitions, connecting with the magical, family dynamics and conquering fears.

Chris Brooks is a storyteller, poet and comedic performer who has a passion for both the oral and literary fairy tale traditions. He has devised this course with the intention of sharing his love of these timeless narratives in ways which are still relevant and useful.

NEW COURSE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

 

EXPLORING THE TAO TE CHING

It should be no mystery as to why the Tao Te Ching, authored by the enigmatic Lao Tzu in the 6th century BC, has stood the test of time. It is uniquely timeless. And as we reap the consequences of our self-imposed separation from nature and struggle with unprecedented rates of change and transition, its wisdom as a text seems more relevant than ever. The Tao Te Ching offers a possible means of personally transcending the shared delusions and follies of these times whilst helping us to live in tune with ourselves, each other and the planet in ways that can contribute to a more wholesome future.

NEW COURSE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON. 

 

8 Part Stand-up Comedy Course

The course will help to develop and blend together the unique material, style and persona of each participant as they produce a short and tight set of stand-up comedy.

The eight sessions will explore a range of essential comedic performance skills and techniques and build confidence and self-awareness within the performance space.

 

Session One - Finding the funny-bone. This introductory session examines the comic potential that lurks within each and every one of us as the rudiments of comic performing are explored.

Session Two - Developing person (1). An examination of who we take onto the stage as performers of comedy? Is it ourselves? A version of ourselves? A subversion of ourselves? This session explores techniques for finding and developing a workable comic persona. 

 

Session Three - Creating gags and laughter lines. This session explores the art of creating, crafting and performing jokes and will demonstrate that we all able to devise very funny gags. 

 

Session Four - Working the room. This session explores, stage-etiquette, techniques for facilitating positive audience interactions and how to deal with unsolicited and even hostile audience participation. 

 

Session Five - Developing persona (2). The focus of this session is to further develop the emerging personas generated through the previous sessions.

Session Six - Authenticity. This session examines the relationship between performer and the truth and how performance is enhanced by keeping it authentic even when spinning falsehoods. 

 

Session Seven - Crafting material. The ongoing fine-tuning of material and delivery are explored in this session with an emphasis on how the tiniest of tweaks, the shortest of pauses or the substitution of one small word for another can make or break a routine.

 

Session Eight - Putting it all together. The final session is spent performing and reviewing the sets evolved during the course so that they are ready to be delivered to a live audience..

8 Part Spoken Word Course 

The course facilitates the development of spoken word artists and poets within performance settings. It explores a variety of performance styles and examines a range of skills and techniques to ensure that performers connect, engage and entertain.

Although each session has its own theme, the evolving of sets, personas and performance styles will be ongoing throughout the course.

Session One – From page to stage, the rudiments. This session examines how writing for performance differs from writing for the page. Some basic techniques for making what we have to say assessable, understandable and entertaining for live audiences are explored.

Session Two – Creative sparks and influences. The focus of this session is to explore those inspirational moments in which ideas and concepts for new pieces of spoken word performance are conceived and built upon.

Session Three – Performance styles. A variety of performance styles are examined and played with enabling participants to gauge what works for them.

Session Four – Developing a persona. An examination of who we take onto the stage as spoken word performers? Is it ourselves? A version of ourselves? A subversion of ourselves? This session explores techniques for finding and developing a workable performance persona.

Session Five – Connecting with the audience. Breaking through the fourth wall and audience interaction are explored as a means of creating performances that are authentic and in the moment.

Session Six – The set as a journey. The importance of set structure is worked on with emphasis on narrative journeys and the varying of mood and tempo within the set.

Session Seven – Stage techniques and etiquette. An exploration of how to work and feel comfortable within the performance space.

Session Eight – Pulling it all together. The final session is spent performing and reviewing the sets evolved during the course so that they are ready to be delivered to a live audience.

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