Finding the Funny
Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself with a smile.” J.B. Priestley
Are you an actor with a yearning to crack comedic performance?
As a director do you sometimes struggle to bring out the humour of scripts?
Do you want to spend a week exploring the art of inciting laughter and happiness?
Then get your laughing chops around this course…
This practical and physical course will explore all elements of comedy from the most traditional to the contemporary. Suitable for performers, directors and anyone who is interested in the world of humour. Expect a full-on approach with plenty of opportunity to explore, discover and enjoy on your feet!
During the week you will:
- Discover the discipline and joy in playing comedy
- Understand how to build an ensemble
- Develop the ability to work with an audience
- Delve into Complicite ways of working (if you don’t know what this is – you will by the end of the week!)
- Explore a range of comic genre’s through history from Commedia dell’Arte through Restoration and Wilde to modern day farce
- Have a laughter filled week finding the funny in words, physicality and performance inspired by both script and devising
This course is great for actors who enjoy physical, text and devising approaches to theatre – it will be very practical so you’ll need a good level of energy throughout!
Tutor – Splendid Theatre Company
What the students say
“Completely different to the other courses I have done at summer school but equally challenging, inspiring and useful. So much food for thought and ideas and things to put into practice.”
Tutor: Kerry Frampton
Kerry Frampton is Artistic Director of Splendid Productions.
Kerry trained at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds. She set up Splendid Productions in 2003, and it has since become one of the leading providers of drama-based education programmes and schooltouring theatre companies in the UK.
For Splendid she has directed, adapted and regularly performed in our annual creative adaptations of classic texts since 2004, including Macbeth, The Odyssey, Woyzeck, Antigone, The Trial, Dr Faustus, The Good Woman of Szechuan and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.
The company has performed in schools and colleges in the UK, Europe and Asia, and has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the National Theatre’s ‘Watch This Space’ Festival, and at numerous theatres including Pleasance London and The Lowry in Salford.
Kerry is the company’s senior workshop practitioner and has over fifteen years’ experience of devising and delivering high-quality, practical, theory-based drama workshops. Always in high demand at home, Kerry has also delivered workshops in Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur.
In addition to her work with Splendid Productions she has worked as an actor, director, workshop facilitator, writer, movement director and musician.