We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Josh James
Feb
23
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Josh James

  • Farr's School of Dancing

These are FRESH acts and running their best comedy sets of either 5 or 10 minute sets. This show is the good stuff, not the work-in-progress to be witnessed at our other open mic nights.

Our headliners are more in the professional universe and will close the night with a 20 minute set.

Some walk-in spots, available to those of experience and ability, kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. Yet always funny.

MC Alex Martini will run the show.

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spot

  • Sean Sellers


5-spots

  • Mo Saffaf
  • Gerry Carroll
  • Howard Cohen
  • Vivienne Kay
  • Lucy Garcia
  • Dylan Dodds
  • Jack Wheeler


Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm, finishes as close to 1015pm as we can manage.

"Musical Comedy" Workshop with Kate Lucas
Feb
26
12:00 pm12:00

"Musical Comedy" Workshop with Kate Lucas

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Award winning musical comedian Kate Lucas is known for her razor sharp and deliciously dark songs. She combines catchy melodies with original lyrics to showcase her playfully bitter musings on life. Audiences have come to expect examples of what not to say and how not to behave from this gloriously talented young comic.

‘A true musical genius’ | Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

In 2014 she took home the title for the prestigious Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year and her performances since have been met with huge critical acclaim.

The cost for this day is £75 and includes a pub meal and drink.
Students will be guaranteed stage time with the We Are Funny Project so that lessons can be applied.

Naturally singers, and a whole range of instruments, are welcomed, the principles taught are universal.

The Workshop will feature:

 

  • - A look through examples of musical comedy and varying styles 
  • - Improvisation games to get students thinking on their feet
  • - Group tasks examining the relationship between style and tone
  • - Feedback on the group tasks
  • - A look at some of the different approaches to song-writing
  • - A final task which can be done in small groups, or individually, will be to write your own song (This can be completely original or if you would prefer can be changing the words to an existing song) and present it to the group.
  • - Exercises designed to warm up voices and get everyone loosened up
  • - Feedback on each song.
We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Mark Silcox
Feb
27
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Mark Silcox

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open mike comedy for New Material and New Acts, and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a Pro comedian performing a longer set (occasionally a semi-pro). 

Some walk-in spots, available to those of all experience and ability, are always kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

The show is a blend of more seasoned 10 minute spots and a smorgasbord of acts doing 5 minute sets.

MC Alex Martini will run the show

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spots

  • Freddie B


5-Spots

  • Lee Ashby
  • Emily McQuade
  • Patrick Spicer
  • Kelvin Green
  • Wayne Lawrence
  • Gary Brandt
  • Matthew Hutchinson
"Character Comedy" Workshop with Howard Smith AKA Keith Platt
Mar
4
Mar 5

"Character Comedy" Workshop with Howard Smith AKA Keith Platt

  • Farr's School of Dancing

In this one day session you will learn the basic skills of how to make people laugh as someone else, or, stand up dressed up.

On November 30th We Are Funny Dalston will stage a special "Character Comedy" themed night and students will be invited to perform at that show, or the next one planned for early in New Year.

Either way, students will get priority booking for a 5 spot at an open mic night soon after so that they can apply some of what they have learned.

The price is £65 for the day Workshop and includes pub meal and a drink, pint or glass of wine.

This day is designed to help and direct existing character acts that might need some development and polish, alongside those looking to try it for the very first time.

You will learn how to:

· Create a character

· Develop material

· Remain in character

· Perform live

The class is taught by stand up comedian, podcaster and heavy metal singer Howard Smith. He brings a wealth of comedy and entertainment experience with him having performed stand up for 16 years and as character Keith Platt – Professional Yorkshireman for 9 of those years.

Howard/Keith have toured all over the UK from some of the toughest pubs to cultured comedy clubs and finding a particularly warm welcome at festivals, Download, Brighton’s Best Of Fringe, Bloodstock, Beautiful Days and Farm Fest.

Howard has also written for and appeared in various BBC Radio & TV productions.

http://keithplatt.co.uk/

Comments from previous students FYI

Mary Taylor I got loads from this day.Not only did we get tons of great advice & info on how to create & develop our characters but also for our stand up,writing & performing.Covered so much.Thanks Alfie,Howard & everyone plus workshop was alot of fun cracking up all day.

Paul Warricker This course provided good honest advice from someone undeniably experienced and thus qualified to do so. Time well spent.

Andy Stedman Really enjoyed the day, Howard was a great person to have run it and I learnt a lot. Cheers guys!

Kelvin Green Wasn't sure if I character comedy was my thing, then thought mm, I'm unfunny at stand up, why not a character act? But no, Howard led a genuinely informative, funny day. Learnt loads from him and would say, don't let your own prejudices about character comedy get in the way of this, excellent and packed day. Thanks, Alfie and Howard and fellow students. Now where 's those damn bells and hump. X

Brian Cowles Just done this course and I would recommend it to anyone who is into or thinking of starting to do Character comedy. Howard was a great instructor and the day was really fun as well. 

Howell James Highly recommended. Howard ('Keith') is a very experienced comedian who performs and MCs in and out of character. He was a great teacher on the day ready to share what he has learned on the pro circuit. This was an excellent learning experience not just for those wishing to develop a character but also
for acts who want to get focused advice and tips from a top class circuit comedian.

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough
Mar
5
1:30 pm13:30

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough

  • Farr's School of Dancing

We are extremely fortunate to have Rob Hitchmough teaching a monthly Impro class with We Are Funny Project. We'll be playing improvised games, and upping the comedy skills of all the students. Laughs are guaranteed on this most fun Workshop.

Rob even has his picture framed and on the stairwell at The Comedy Store alongside other greats of comedy! 

The cost for the session is £20

We will look at techniques in, ‘raising the stakes’ and, creating comedy characters. One particularly useful skill we will develop is how to make others appear funny.

By the end of the workshop students will have laid to rest any fear they have of impro’, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of establishing a scene, making it interesting and finding an ending. 

“Rob has been a regular tutor of stand up and improvisation at The Actors Centre for over ten years. He is a valuable and popular tutor, respected by members, other tutors and the staff at The Actors Centre.”�Michael John (Head of Programming at The Actor’s Centre, London.)

Sound Performance, Recording and Techniques for Podcasting Workshop with Robin Green
Mar
11
10:00 am10:00

Sound Performance, Recording and Techniques for Podcasting Workshop with Robin Green

  • Idea Store Whitechapel

Our new Workshop ventures into new territory, with a top rate and experienced teacher, Robin Green, and has an initial focus on those who wish to produce a podcast (likely a funny one).

Workshop Topics include: 

  • The recording environment and how to make best of it
  • Avoiding common sound problems (some will surprise you)
  • Jargon busting and explanation
  • Overview of essential and ideal equipment (we are mindful that many productions will be made on a budget)
  • Choosing an editing / recording system to best suit you
  • Monitoring sound (by ear and with meters)
  • Discussion of different microphones, best placement and techniques (a selection will be available on the day to try)
  • Commonly used production tools (covering process and principles)

The limited number of "Early Bird" tickets cost for the day is £120 and available until 2pm Friday September 30th at which time the price will increase to £150.

Lessons learned in this Workshop focus on general principles of sound production and be relevant to users of most recording or editing systems, they will go far beyond one specific purpose, the principles taught can be applied to microphone technique, recording sketches, live performances, interviews and more…..the focus being on spoken word format, (be it for live applications, podcast or video production). 

Radio producers, journalists, short film makers, documentary makers would all benefit from the skills and knowledge shared. Nonetheless, we assume making a pro sounding podcast will, for most students, be the main interest in the first instance.

Know this, your content can be first rate but if it sounds awful then you will lose your audience. That’s a simple reality.

As an added extra after the main class has ended, students will be invited to join us for drinks in a nearby pub where additional questions may be asked in a more relaxed setting. Former BBC journalist, Alfie Noakes, will be present to offer advice on booking interviews and applying good interview techniques, should this be your interest.

The day covers much technical territory yet is delivered by a seasoned industry pro who will present matters in lay terms.

A major objective of the workshop is to to ensure that you can employ understandable and useable principles and processes to your audio projects. 

Previous experience in sound recording is not a requirement at all, this Workshop is here to help you to hit the ground running and open the world of sound recording for you. With this said, those with some experience will benefit from learning on a more advanced level.

Demonstrations will be part of the day and will make use of Avid’s hugely successful “Protools” sound editing software, however any principles taught will be universal and can be replicated on many other software systems. (On application we can suggest several freeware and more professional systems to try out if you are interested in downloading one before the workshop).

In the period following the Workshop you will be given opportunity to contact the trainer and ask specific follow up questions, so if something new pops up and you need some help, then it is available.

Although not a requirement, please feel free to bring your own equipment along on the day to try out any processes for yourself. If so, please ensure that you are reasonably familiar with the basic operations of your software / hardware beforehand as we will not be able to provide system specific I.T support.

Please bring a pair of headphones with a ¼” (larger size) jack.

 
Comedy Sketch Writing with Will Franken
Mar
19
12:00 pm12:00

Comedy Sketch Writing with Will Franken

  • Farr's School of Dancing

The price includes pub meal and a drink.

“Will Franken is a master of delusion, an id unchained” – Robin Williams

“Sharp-clawed satire on culture and liberal piety. . .the darkness of Franken's imagination is like Chris Morris; this is 'Blue Jam' with a wilder look in its eyes.” – The Guardian

The day is part spoken class with Q&A, plus practical exercises and personal reviews of your material. The class will be its' own audience and in my experience a number of new friendships are born and a whole lot of laughs are had on our Workshops.

Where to find the ideas and how to mine them for laughs and performance options are the key questions addressed.

Sketch comedy. Its’ purpose is threefold:

1) to entertain,
2) to provide an alternative to the tedious regularity of stand-up, and
3) to infuse the noble art of theatre back into comedic performance, where, these days, it is sorely needed. And cult comedic sensation Will Franken is one of its staunchest advocates and purveyors.

Many amateur variety shows or even Oxbridge revues might benefit from a writing and performance workshop drilling down on questions such as how to determine whether a piece is more fitted to a monologue or dialogue, which themes are too saccharine and predictable, how to develop and consistently maintain characters, and when to exit a sketch before it lapses into tedium – or, equally important, how to finish one without bludgeoning the audience with a trite and clumsy punchline?

Early bird price of £55 available until 6pm Monday March 13th and then the price increases to £75

"Radio Comedy" Workshop with Adam Bromley
Mar
26
10:00 am10:00

"Radio Comedy" Workshop with Adam Bromley

  • We Are Funny Project

Our tutor, Adam Bromley, has worked in radio comedy on and off for 14 years and has won 2 Sony Awards for Comedy for "Think the Unthinkable" and "The Now Show" for BBC R4.

Adam has had 13 original series commissions for network radio, produced and executive produced shows for R4, 4Xtra, R2, 5 Live, BBC London and BBC Local radio.

The cost for the day is £100 including post-event production and delivery of a short recorded comedy "bit", sketch or scene.

Outline of the day:

- Overview of radio comedy genres
- Monologue fundamentals
- Morning break
- Sitcom fundamentals
- Sketch fundamentals
- Writing exercise
- Radio performance tips
- Recording the writing exercise
- Guidance on pitching/approaching venues such as the BBC

Microphones will be in place for recording your freshly written shirt "bits" at the end of the workshop. We shall send the recording to you, mixed and finalised, a few days after the Workshop.

Adams' experience ranges from sitcom, stand up, sketch show, topical news, panel shows, quizzes and live comedy. He has pretty much done the lot - audience, non-audience, Edinburgh one-offs, secret recordings etc.

Talent that Adam has been lucky enough to work with includes Punt and Dennis, Jon Holmes, Clive Anderson, Robert Bathurst, Sharon Horgan, Jimmy Carr, Jenny Eclair, Marcus Brigstocke, Caroline Quentin, Paul Whitehouse, Olivia Colman, John Oliver, Sally Hawkins, Rob Webb and David Mitchell to name but a few.

Places for this Workshop are strictly limited.

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough
Apr
2
1:30 pm13:30

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough

  • Farr's chool of Dancing

We are extremely fortunate to have Rob Hitchmough teaching a monthly Impro class with We Are Funny Project. We'll be playing improvised games, and upping the comedy skills of all the students. Laughs are guaranteed on this most fun Workshop.

Rob even has his picture framed and on the stairwell at The Comedy Store alongside other greats of comedy! 

The cost for the session is £20
Email Alfie@wearefunnyproject.com for further info

We will look at techniques in, ‘raising the stakes’ and, creating comedy characters. One particularly useful skill we will develop is how to make others appear funny.

By the end of the workshop students will have laid to rest any fear they have of impro’, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of establishing a scene, making it interesting and finding an ending. 

“Rob has been a regular tutor of stand up and improvisation at The Actors Centre for over ten years. He is a valuable and popular tutor, respected by members, other tutors and the staff at The Actors Centre.”�Michael John (Head of Programming at The Actor’s Centre, London.)

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough
May
7
1:30 pm13:30

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough

  • Farr's School of Dancing

We are extremely fortunate to have Rob Hitchmough teaching a monthly Impro class with We Are Funny Project. We'll be playing improvised games, and upping the comedy skills of all the students. Laughs are guaranteed on this most fun Workshop.

Rob even has his picture framed and on the stairwell at The Comedy Store alongside other greats of comedy! 

The cost for the session is £20
Email Alfie@wearefunnyproject.com for further info

We will look at techniques in, ‘raising the stakes’ and, creating comedy characters. One particularly useful skill we will develop is how to make others appear funny.

By the end of the workshop students will have laid to rest any fear they have of impro’, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of establishing a scene, making it interesting and finding an ending. 

“Rob has been a regular tutor of stand up and improvisation at The Actors Centre for over ten years. He is a valuable and popular tutor, respected by members, other tutors and the staff at The Actors Centre.”�Michael John (Head of Programming at The Actor’s Centre, London.)


We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Nico Yearwood
Feb
20
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Nico Yearwood

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open mike comedy for New Material and New Acts, and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a Pro comedian performing a longer set (occasionally a semi-pro). 

Some walk-in spots, available to those of all experience and ability, are always kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

The show is a blend of more seasoned 10 minute spots and a smorgasbord of acts doing 5 minute sets.

MC Alex Martini will run the show

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spots

  • Valerio Sara


5-Spots

  • Josh Massen
  • Caryn Cobersy
  • Giuseppe Gibilaro
  • Victoria Howden
  • Philip Alexander
  • Nick Everitt
  • Tom Griffin
Maximising Your Stand Up Workshop with Stephen Grant
Feb
19
11:45 am11:45

Maximising Your Stand Up Workshop with Stephen Grant

  • Farr's School of Dancing

This is quite simply a master-class. Stephen Grant is a comic genius, twice winner of MC of the Year and regular MC at The Comedy Store New Years’ Eve show, arguably the biggest club gig in Europe.

This Workshop is designed for acts at all levels, however, anyone with less than 200 gigs will surely benefit the most. This is the best advice, with direct feedback, from one of the greats of British comedy. 

The £75 price is for a newly reduced class size and includes pub meal and a drink, pint or a glass of wine. 

The focus is on taking a bit and focusing in on it, breaking it down, building it back up to funnier and what some key processes are. It'll take an OK idea and make it good, and likely a good idea would be propelled to great material.

Stephen will present a lecture on the theories and processes at the beginning of the day and then after a break each act will get up and do 2- 3 minutes fr immediate feedback. The rest of the class will be the audience, and as much is learned from the comments for fellow students as in the personalised review. There are a lot of laughs throughout the day.

I am utterly convinced that this Workshop will save new acts from so many errors and dead-ends in their earlier days, and it’s a great way to get to know other fresh(ish) faces on the scene.

We believe it is important that you can apply what you learn at the Workshop, so each student will be offered some stage time at our gigs in the period following the Workshop.

 
We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Kate Lucas
Feb
16
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Kate Lucas

  • Farr's School of Dancing

These are FRESH acts and running their best comedy sets of either 5 or 10 minute sets. This show is the good stuff, not the work-in-progress to be witnessed at our other open mic nights.

Our headliners are more in the professional universe and will close the night with a 20 minute set.

Some walk-in spots, available to those of experience and ability, kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. Yet always funny.

MC Alex Martini will run the show.

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spot
Chris Markiewicz

5-spots
Chris Cooke
Matt Folley
Alison McFarlane
Mel Byron
Elisa Elschner
William Rowland
Rich Browne
Freddie B

Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm, finishes as close to 1015pm as we can manage.

We Are Funny Swapsies with Headliner TBA
Feb
15
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Swapsies with Headliner TBA

  • Farr's School of Dancing

The We Are Funny Project are bringing fresh and unique comedy formats for stand ups and laughter loving audiences.....

Eight acts will be chosen. They will be paired off. They will be bizarrely mis-matched. They get to write 5 minutes of material for their partner who HAS to perform it, no matter WHAT!

All original material, pushing the limits......

Acts TBA

Opening 10: TBA

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Eleanor Conway
Feb
13
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Eleanor Conway

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open mike comedy for New Material and New Acts, and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a Pro comedian performing a longer set (occasionally a semi-pro). 

Some walk-in spots, available to those of all experience and ability, are always kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

The show is a blend of more seasoned 10 minute spots and a smorgasbord of acts doing 5 minute sets.

MC Alex Martini will run the show

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spots

  • Pauline Eyre


5-Spots

  • Jack Wheeler
  • Mike Trueman
  • Georgia Thorp
  • Guy Woodhouse
  • Kelvin Green
  • Usman Khan
  • Gary Brandt
NLP and Body Language for Comedians Workshop
Feb
12
12:00 pm12:00

NLP and Body Language for Comedians Workshop

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Our teacher David has been a Master Trainer of NLP since 1996. He has been a public speaker for over 25 years. Whilst he realised he was a great trainer and speaker he had to admit to himself that he was far from entertaining. To resolve this he used NLP modeling techniques to extract the delivery skills of his favourite comedians. David Spikey, Peter Kay, Jack Dee and Stuart Francis to name but a few.

What is NLP?
https://selfhelpfix.com/nlp.php

Jimmy Carr is well known as an NLP enthusiast and is a trained NLP Practitioner.

Pub meal and drink are included in the price of £120 "Early Bird" or £150 "late booker".

This a broad and dense topic, this is a focused and detailed introduction to the art and skills and how to apply for comedy effect.

List of matters that would be covered, and skills provided to address or enhance the performance of a comedian:

1. Develop rapport with the crowd with non-verbal communication skills
2. Establish memory and creative techniques for mastering (new) material
3. Banish unpleasant pre-gig nerves
4. Slip into “the zone” or a “flow state” for optimum performance, at will
5. “Read the room” and therefore know which audience members to go to and whom to leave alone.
6. How to “win over” a room by identifying and managing “rapport leaders”
7. Greater control over own performance and audience
8. Learn to be comfortable with silences
9. Avoid being knocked off track by preparing for occasional, yet predictable, events
10. Benefit from lessons learned by modelling skills of established professionals
11. Maintain your state and status throughout a performance
12. Master “Satir Categories”.
- Leveller (Hush!)
- Placator (Yes Man)
- Computer (Robotic)
- Blamer (Your Fault)
- Distractor (Asymmetry)

We will show you how to add dynamics and energy to your performance, however, these skills can help with a great range of life matters.

Comments from previous students:

Chris Cooke
· December 9, 2016
I took the NLP Course for Comedians. It was very interesting and informative. I certainly hope to be able to put what we were shown into practice. I found the body language lessons were the most valuable aspect of the course. The approach to focusing and relaxation was not entirely new to me, but David introduced new aspects to it.

Kelvin Green Like most people, not sure if NLP is for me, but Dave Shepherd is such an authority on his subject, you cannot glean that type of info from books or googling; a very intense workshop that I would reccomend to anyone, comedian or whatever. Dave, a very approachable practitioner, gave us a lot of great insights into crowds, and the dynamics of crowds, something you don't really spend too much time on, and also the physiology of communication. My favourite aspect was getting into 'State', which sounds mysterious, but is something anyone will recognize a s being essential for performance. Now, must deploy my new tools. These workshops, short, good value and informative, are great tasters to which you can further your knowledge, without committing any long/time consuming course. Saves a lot of hit or miss on quality, the ground work is done, just provide the motivation. Thanks again Alfie, Alex and dave; and fellow students.
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Darron Hargreaves Yeah. I'd echo that Kelvin. Really enjoyable and fascinating session. 
Definitely felt I took something positive away from spending time with this knowledgeable guy. 
I've used NLP before, but not directly in this context, so I look forward to trying some of it on stage.

We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Eshaan Akbar
Feb
9
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Eshaan Akbar

  • Farr's School of Dancing

These are FRESH acts and running their best comedy sets of either 5 or 10 minute sets. This show is the good stuff, not the work-in-progress to be witnessed at our other open mic nights.

Our headliners are more in the professional universe and will close the night with a 20 minute set.

Some walk-in spots, available to those of experience and ability, kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. Yet always funny.

MC Alex Martini will run the show.

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spot

  • Adam Bromley
  • Steve Lee


5-spots

  • Dan Clay
  • Akin Omobitan
  • Harun Musho'd
  • Shep Michaels
  • Freddie B
  • David Blakemore
  • Davina Bentley
  • Aniruddh Ojha


Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm, finishes as close to 1015pm as we can manage.

We Are Funny Wisdom Returns Headliner TBA
Feb
8
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Wisdom Returns Headliner TBA

  • Farr's School of Dancing

The We Are Funny Project are gathering a tip-top cast of seasoned and new comedians who will impart their truth, their very own Wisdom....

...for in this show each act will address an invisible 10 year old version of themselves and offer them honest, true and comedic life advice.

If we only knew then what we know now.....

Acts TBA

Opening 10: TBA

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Philip Simon
Feb
6
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Philip Simon

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open mike comedy for New Material and New Acts, and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a Pro comedian performing a longer set (occasionally a semi-pro). 

Some walk-in spots, available to those of all experience and ability, are always kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

The show is a blend of more seasoned 10 minute spots and a smorgasbord of acts doing 5 minute sets.

MC Alex Martini will run the show

Pre-booked acts:

5-Spots

  • Jo Fletcher Cross
  • Emily McQuade
  • Adam Shimali
  • John Leaman
  • William Rowland
  • Peter Flanagan
  • Tom Mathew
  • Sean Sellers
  • Josh James
  • Freddie B
We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner David Mills
Feb
2
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner David Mills

  • Farr's School of Dancing

These are FRESH acts and running their best comedy sets of either 5 or 10 minute sets. This show is the good stuff, not the work-in-progress to be witnessed at our other open mic nights.

Our headliners are more in the professional universe and will close the night with a 20 minute set.

Some walk-in spots, available to those of experience and ability, kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. Yet always funny.

MC Alex Martini will run the show.

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spot

  • Stephen DiPlacito


5-spots

  • Valerio Sara
  • Livs Hunter
  • Nail Braeman
  • Kevin O'Connell
  • Howard Cohen
  • Dean Threadgold
  • Stylophobia
  • Matthew Hutchinson


Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm, finishes as close to 1015pm as we can manage.

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner President Obonjo
Jan
30
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner President Obonjo

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open mike comedy for New Material and New Acts, and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a Pro comedian performing a longer set (occasionally a semi-pro). 

Some walk-in spots, available to those of all experience and ability, are always kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

The show is a blend of more seasoned 10 minute spots and a smorgasbord of acts doing 5 minute sets.

Alex Martini will MC the show

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spots

  • Rev Pie Crust


5-Spots

  • Michael McHardy
  • Muyiwa Adigun
  • David Blakemore
  • Ruth Wright
  • Bennet Bonci
  • Gary Brandt
  • Nishant Raj
  • Jenan Younis
Welcome to Stand Up Workshop with Dave Thompson
Jan
29
12:00 pm12:00

Welcome to Stand Up Workshop with Dave Thompson

  • Farr's School of Dancing

This Workshop is designed for beginners, who want to try stand up, but aren’t sure how to start. It can also be helpful for those who want to improve their public speaking skills. People who want to do the course as a fun way of improving their English are welcome.

The £65 price for the day includes pub meal and a drink, soft or hard. Students will also be assured 2 open mic spots with We Are Funny Project so that what has been learned can be applied. Click the button to book your place or scroll down to learn more:

 

This workshop covers:

Getting On Stage

  • Ways to relax and be confident in front of a crowd
  • How to engage your audience
  • Using your voice to make your performance pleasant to hear
  • Mic and mic stand technique
  • Finding the light, and owning the stage
  • Being your own manager, to create and exploit opportunity

How to find your stand-up persona 

According to the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, the persona is “a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual". Whatever material one performs, the persona is the lens through which the audience sees it. A persona that works well on stage can make poor material seem hilarious, but a persona that doesn’t work, can make brilliant material unfunny. All of the stand-up personae are explained, so you can explore which persona suits you.

Material

The workshop aims to help you develop your ability to create comedy material. To this end, you learn about different types of joke.

Not Just Thinking – But Doing

The workshop is practical. During the second half you are asked to produce a minute of material and perform it to the group. You are then given immediate and personal feedback.

Stand-Up comedy is one of the few professions where you don’t need qualifications. You’re not required to wear a uniform, or dress to meet someone’s approval. Nobody decides whether or not you can have facial hair, tattoos, piercings, or pink hair. No government department dictates that you meet their professional standards. You can say what you want, how you want, without assessing health and safety. You don’t have to provide energy ratings, lists of ingredients, or DBS checks. If you’re funny enough, you can pretty much live outside the system that so many people dream of escaping.

People have made their living by making strangers laugh since Biblical times. Microphones came along a hundred and fifty years ago, but the fundamentals of comedy are much as they were at the time of the Pharaohs. Come and discover the ancient secrets!

Testimonials for Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson’s comedy course kick started my career. I don’t think I would be doing comedy today if I had not attended that course.
— Mike Gunn
Dave Thompson is a fantastic teacher. He has a true comedy mind and I can only imagine in the time since I did his course, he will have got better and better.
— Susan Murray
Dave is someone who truly cares about his students and will give them the best opportunities he can to help them go as far in their career as possible. I have benefitted immensely from attending his lessons.
— Samee Raz
In Dave Thompson’s course I got trained in the nuts and bolts of structuring a 10-minute spot, I learned about — get this! — comic THEORY (ha!) and I discovered my own particular comic strengths. Dave left me with tools that I am now working with. In addition, he is just a helluva person. Take the class!
— Terianne Falcone
Dave Thompson using twenty years of experience as a pro comedian. Taught us like a judo comedian black belt. We learnt that, to make them laugh- you have to catch people on their back foot, take them by surprise- and it works.
— Jo Wonder
In his comedy classes, Dave has an eye for individual strengths and potential, which I reckon comes from his great understanding of comedy, and his respect for how diverse it can be. A good balance practical feedback and a bit of theory and structure, Dave helped me figure out what plain ‘works’. Personally, I still don’t think I look like Rolf Harris, but I wouldn’t have gotten up for my first gig without his encouragement.
— Luke Stickels
Having already performed Stand Up for a while I wanted the confidence to move out of my comfort zone and try new types of comedy, in particular character based. Dave’s course gave me the confidence to push my boundaries and the detailed constructive feedback has opened the door for me to loads of new comedy opportunities. Whether an absolute novice or a seasoned professional, anyone who enjoys making people laugh will benefit from the course - I cant recommend it highly enough!
— Mark Wilson
Dave Thompson is the man to go to learn and help you on your comedy career. His course, with great constructive feedback and unwavering encouragement, gave me the self belief that I can do this - and I will, so watch this space!
— Pete Woolly

About Dave Thompson

Dave is best known as the person inside the Tinky Winky costume in Teletubbies, which is still shown all over the world. He’s appeared in four of Harry Hill’s live tours, including Sausage Time, the DVD of which was released in 2014. Dave’s novel The Sex Life of a Comedian is available on amazon.

Dave has performed stand-up comedy in thirty-three countries outside the UK, and acted in four comedy feature films. He’s written for Harry Hill, Omid Djalili, Phil Nichol, Tony Law, Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth, Jim Tavare, Ben Elton, John Moloney, and Stewart Lee. He was a commissioned writer on Harry Hill’s TV Burp and The Sketch Show which starred Lee Mack and Tim Vine. He’s appeared in most series of Harry Hill’s TV Burp in human or costume roles. He was in eight episodes of Al Murray’s sitcom Time Gentlemen Please

Dave’s worked as a visiting lecturer on the comedy degree course at Solent University, and at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. He has taught comedy courses in London, Cardiff, Brighton, Atlantic College (Wales), Budapest, Nässjö and Örebro in Sweden.

 
We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Daphna Baram
Jan
26
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Daphna Baram

  • Farr's School of Dancing

These are FRESH acts and running their best comedy sets of either 5 or 10 minute sets. This show is the good stuff, not the work-in-progress to be witnessed at our other open mic nights.

Our headliners are more in the professional universe and will close the night with a 20 minute set.

Some walk-in spots, available to those of experience and ability, kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. Yet always funny.

MC Alex Martini will run the show.

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spot

  • Darran Griffiths
  • Gerry Carroll


5-spots

  • Darius Tabatabai
  • Akin Omobitan
  • Chris Nelson
  • Danny Holt
  • Indian Joe
  • Tommy Taylor
  • Slak Sanchez
  • Ben Woodward
  • Frank Born


Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm, finishes as close to 1015pm as we can manage.

We Are Funny Challenge Returns! with Headliner TBA
Jan
25
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Challenge Returns! with Headliner TBA

  • Farr's School of Dancing

The We Are Funny Project continues our series of rotating, varied, formatted, funny games.....

The Challenge sees 8 acts being comedically, erm, challenged.

14 days before the show the comedians are informed of the theme and have to create 5 new minutes of material on that topic. This show has the theme of "TBA".

TBA will headline the show

Opening 10: TBA


These are always hilarious shows.

Previous topics have included:

* Best Day Ever
* If I Were President
* Virginity
* Bad Boss
*Favourite World Cup and more......

The acts come together to perform their take for the first time ever. The results are always high end comedy and produce tons of laughs.

The opening act and the Pro headliner won't be challenged with our theme, but will bring lots of laughs all the same.

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Simon Caine
Jan
23
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Simon Caine

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open mike comedy for New Material and New Acts, and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a Pro comedian performing a longer set (occasionally a semi-pro). 

Some walk-in spots, available to those of all experience and ability, are always kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

The show is a blend of more seasoned 10 minute spots and a smorgasbord of acts doing 5 minute sets.

MC Alex Martini will run the show

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spots

  • Harun Musho'd
  • Shep Michaels


5-Spots

  • Simone Belshaw
  • Darren Hanley
  • Adam Bromley
  • Steve Lee
  • Kevin O'Connell
We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Tom Little
Jan
19
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Tom Little

  • Farr's School of Dancing

This is the NEW Thursday show and it's not New Material nor New Acts.

These are FRESH acts and running their best comedy sets of either 5 or 10 minute sets. This show is the good stuff, not the work-in-progress to be witnessed at our other open mic nights.

Our headliners are more in the professional universe and will close the night with a 20 minute set.

Some walk-in spots, available to those of experience and ability, kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. Yet always funny.

MC Alex Martini will run the show.

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spots

  • Tom Mayhew


5-spots

  • Dylan Dodds
  • Lucy Garcia
  • Patrick Spicer
  • Victoria Howden
  • James Hodson
  • Wayne Lawrence
  • Jaycee LaBouche
  • Harry Wright


Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm, finishes as close to 1015pm as we can manage.

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Gary Tro
Jan
16
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Gary Tro

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open mike comedy for New Material and New Acts, and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a Pro comedian performing a longer set (occasionally a semi-pro). 

Some walk-in spots, available to those of all experience and ability, are always kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

The show is a blend of more seasoned 10 minute spots and a smorgasbord of acts doing 5 minute sets.

MC Alex Martini will run the show

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spots

  • Robert Oldham


5-Spots

  • Janet Bettesworth
  • Jack Wheeler
  • Matt Folley
  • Mark Row
  • Dean Threadgold
  • Ben Cohen
  • Mel Byron
  • Robert Copland
Comedy MC Masterclass with Stephen Grant
Jan
15
11:45 am11:45

Comedy MC Masterclass with Stephen Grant

  • Farr's School of Dancing

MCing is the logical next step for gigging comedians - are you ready? During this packed afternoon workshop, two-time MC of the Year award winner, Stephen Grant, will help you develop all the key MC skills, including house-keeping, working the crowd, tackling hecklers, introducing acts and, last, but not least, working in your material and entertaining the audience.

Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price
Jan
14
12:00 pm12:00

Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price

  • Farr's School of Dancing

In recent years storytelling comedy has become a separate sub genre at the Edinburgh Festival and increasingly comedians are describing themselves as storytellers. Traditionally that was code for either “not funny”, or “not having any jokes.” Now a storytelling style is very popular with audiences at comedy clubs and comedy festivals all over the world.

This course is for comedians who want to develop their storytelling skills. 

The aim is to help you get a better a understanding of the mechanics of telling a funny story. By the end of it, you will have a broad insight in how to develop and structure a story from the initial idea to a honed piece of comedy.

The course will include practical tips on how to :

  • use silences to great affect
  • seamlessly set up and use callbacks
  • weaving in and out of banter
  • distraction
  • telling two stories at once
  • finding a story that suits your persona
  • tying everything up at the end
  • narrative arc for an hour long show or longer story
  • tone and stage craft
  • things that can go wrong that can be used to your advantage

The cost for the day is £65, including a pub lunch and drink, pint or glass of wine.

For any enquiries please email info@wearefunnyproject.com

In addition to running this Workshop, we shall be running a Storytelling night on October 26th. Details TBA. A couple of students from this Workshop will have the opportunity to perform at that show, alongside a bill of seasoned tip-top acts.

There is a knack to telling a good story. A way of cutting out unnecessary set ups, deciding what the story is about and what it's really about. Most importantly, there is a way of making a story engaging and funny. That is the overall aim of this course.

Participants will need to prepare in advance, either an outline of a story or a story that is 3 minutes in length. They need to be able to explain why it's funny. They will perform their story and get feedback in the afternoon. They will leave with a better understanding of how to tell their story in a club set or show.

Matt has performed in over 30 countries, received an award nomination for a solo show in Australia, performed 5 solo shows in Edinburgh and have received many 4 and 5 stars reviews (for narrative solo shows). Matt has also received a few bad reviews over the years too, which makes him even more qualified to present a workshop of this nature. He works for most UK comedy promoters and have a reputation as being an interactive, joke based storyteller.

 
We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Henry Ginsberg
Jan
12
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Henry Ginsberg

  • Farr's School of Dancing

This is the NEW Thursday show and it's not New Material nor New Acts.

These are FRESH acts and running their best comedy sets of either 5 or 10 minute sets. This show is the good stuff, not the work-in-progress to be witnessed at our other open mic nights.

Our headliners are more in the professional universe and will close the night with a 20 minute set.

Some walk-in spots, available to those of experience and ability, kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. Yet always funny.

MC Alex Martini will run the show.

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spot

  • Sonia Aste
  • James Harris
  • Mo Omar


5-spots

  • Sean Sellers
  • Les Connelly
  • Jack Topher
  • Ben Bridgeman
  • Lucy Garcia
  • Mary Taylor
  • Ali Woods


Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm, finishes as close to 1015pm as we can manage.

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Fern Brady
Jan
11
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Fern Brady

  • Farr's School of Dancing

This is the NEW show and it's not New Material nor New Acts.

These are FRESH acts and running their best comedy sets of either 5 or 10 minute sets. This show is the good stuff, not the work-in-progress to be witnessed at our other open mic nights.

Our headliners are more in the professional universe and will close the night with a 20 minute set.

Some walk-in spots, available to those of experience and ability, kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. Yet always funny.

MC Alex Martini will run the show.

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spot

  • Paul Merryck
  • Daphna Baram


5-spots

  • Andy Harland
  • David Blakemore
  • Patrick Spicer
  • Philip Green
  • Ian MacDonald
  • Natalie Allison
  • Kuan-Wen Huang
  • Aaron Levene
  • Valerio Sara
  • Jacob Hatton
  • Danny Walsh


Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm, finishes as close to 1015pm as we can manage.

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Glenn Moore
Jan
9
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Glenn Moore

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open mike comedy for New Material and New Acts, and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a Pro comedian performing a longer set (occasionally a semi-pro). 

Some walk-in spots, available to those of all experience and ability, are always kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

The show is a blend of more seasoned 10 minute spots and a smorgasbord of acts doing 5 minute sets.

Your MC will be Alex Martini

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spots

  • AJ Roberts


5-Spots

  • Chris Jones

  • Emily McQuade

  • William Stone

  • Danel Cadey

  • Georgia Thorp

  • Tim Powell

  • Chris Cooke

  • Jeremy Davies

  • Kelvin Green

  • Harun Musho'd

  • Sam Greaves

  • Gary Martin

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough
Jan
8
1:30 pm13:30

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough

  • Farr's School of Dancing

We are extremely fortunate to have Rob Hitchmough teaching a monthly Impro class with We Are Funny Project. We'll be playing improvised games, and upping the comedy skills of all the students. Laughs are guaranteed on this most fun Workshop.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/we-are-funny-improv-comedy-workshop-with-rob-hitchmough-tickets-29741350179

Rob even has his picture framed and on the stairwell at The Comedy Store alongside other greats of comedy! 

The cost for the session is £20

Email Alfie@wearefunnyproject.com for further info.

We will look at techniques in, ‘raising the stakes’ and, creating comedy characters. One particularly useful skill we will develop is how to make others appear funny.

There are a lot of fun and games played, beginners and more seasoned folks welcomed. It's more play than class room time.

By the end of the workshop students will have laid to rest any fear they have of impro’, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of establishing a scene, making it interesting and finding an ending. 

“Rob has been a regular tutor of stand up and improvisation at The Actors Centre for over ten years. He is a valuable and popular tutor, respected by members, other tutors and the staff at The Actors Centre.”�Michael John (Head of Programming at The Actor’s Centre, London.)

We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Ben van Der Velde
Jan
5
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Ben van Der Velde

  • Farr's School of Dancing

This is the NEW show and it's not New Material nor New Acts.

These are FRESH acts and running their best comedy sets of either 5 or 10 minute sets. This show is the good stuff, not the work-in-progress to be witnessed at our other open mic nights.

Our headliners are more in the professional universe and will close the night with a 20 minute set.

Some walk-in spots, available to those of experience and ability, kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. Yet always funny.

MC Alex Martini will run the show.

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spot

  • Dom Patmore
  • Chris Markiewicz


5-spots

  • Lucy Garcia
  • Lia Bath
  • Nobumi
  • Annabel Pribelszki
  • Josh Faulkner
  • Paul Entwistle
  • Freddie B
  • Akin Omobitan
  • Kathry Cheston
  • Mo Omar


Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm, finishes as close to 1015pm as we can manage.

We Are Funny Project Christmas Party with headliner Scott Capurro
Dec
7
8:00 pm20:00

We Are Funny Project Christmas Party with headliner Scott Capurro

  • Farr's School of Dancing

This is the We Are Funny Project Christmas Party.....there are many Christmas Parties, but this is our Christmas Party and she is called "Insanity!"

The ONLY act that I am naming in advance is Scott Capurro so you can see we bring you comedy brilliance (and danger). The rest of line-up/show will only be discovered on the night by coming along.

This party is for people of the We Are Funny Project, that is to say, acts who have performed at our shows, audiences who have come to watch and laugh. This is not for the general public, it's a massive (in) joke for Project people and our friends.

There will be special twists, fun and games, variety and seasonal good will. Some of the show will be very audience interactive and some you can sit back and watch pure pro acts blow your socks off with their funny.

The show will wrap about 10pm and then hanging out and toasting Christmas together, is encouraged.

Tickets are £10 and will be wonderful value, rest assured.

 
NLP and Body Language for Comedians Workshop
Dec
4
11:45 am11:45

NLP and Body Language for Comedians Workshop

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Our teacher David has been a Master Trainer of NLP since 1996. He has been a public speaker for over 25 years. Whilst he realised he was a great trainer and speaker he had to admit to himself that he was far from entertaining. To resolve this he used NLP modeling techniques to extract the delivery skills of his favourite comedians. David Spikey, Peter Kay, Jack Dee and Stuart Francis to name but a few.

Learn more about NLP

Jimmy Carr is well known as an NLP enthusiast and is a trained NLP Practitioner.

List of matters that would be covered, and skills provided to address or enhance the performance of a comedian:

  1. Develop rapport with the crowd with non-verbal communication skills
  2. Establish memory and creative techniques for mastering (new) material
  3. Banish unpleasant pre-gig nerves
  4. Slip into “the zone” or a “flow state” for optimum performance, at will
  5. “Read the room” and therefore know which audience members to go to and whom to leave alone.
  6. How to “win over” a room by identifying and managing “rapport leaders”
  7. Greater control over own performance and audience
  8. Learn to be comfortable with silences
  9. Avoid being knocked off track by preparing for occasional, yet predictable, events
  10. Benefit from lessons learned by modelling skills of established professionals
  11. Maintain your state and status throughout a performance
  12. Master “Satir Categories”
    1. Leveller (Hush!)
    2. Placator (Yes Man)
    3. Computer (Robotic)
    4. Blamer (Your Fault)
    5. Distractor (Asymmetry)

We will show you how to add dynamics and energy to your performance, however, these skills can help with a great range of life matters.

Pub meal and drink are included in the price of £120 "Early Bird" or £150 "late booker".

 
We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic Night with Headliner Andy King
Nov
30
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic Night with Headliner Andy King

  • Farr's School of Dancing

This is the NEW Best of Open Mic format: it's not New Material nor New Acts.

These are FRESH acts and running their best comedy sets of either 5 or 10 minute sets. This show is the good stuff, not the work-in-progress to be witnessed at our other open mic nights.

Our headliners are more in the professional universe and will close the night with a 20 minute set.

Some walk-in spots, available to those of experience and ability, kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. Yet always funny.

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show.

Pre-booked acts:

TBA

Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm, finishes as close to 1015pm as we can manage.

 
We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Ian Smith
Nov
28
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston Open Mic with Headliner Ian Smith

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open mike comedy for New Material and New Acts, and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a Pro comedian performing a longer set (occasionally a semi-pro). 

Some walk-in spots, available to those of all experience and ability, are always kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

The show is a blend of more seasoned 10 minute spots and a smorgasbord of acts doing 5 minute sets.

Guest MCs Kuan-Wen Huang and Mo Omar will MC the show.

Pre-booked acts:

10 Spot

  • Rasputin's Lunchbox (2nd half)
  • Chelsea Hart

5-spots

  • Rhys Morgan
  • Dan Clay
  • Josh Massen
  • Indian Joe
  • Ben Bridgeman
  • Colleen Campbell
  • Lia Bath
  • Rachel Kendrick
  • Kelvin Green
  • Freddie B

Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm, finishes as close to 1030pm as we can manage.

 
We Are Funny Improv Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough
Nov
27
12:00 pm12:00

We Are Funny Improv Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough

  • Farr's School of Dancing

We are extremely fortunate to have Rob Hitchmough teaching a monthly Impro class with We Are Funny Project. We'll be playing improvised games, and upping the comedy skills of all the students. Laughs are guaranteed on this most fun Workshop.

Rob even has his picture framed and on the stairwell at The Comedy Store alongside other greats of comedy! 

Rob has been a regular tutor of stand up and improvisation at The Actors Centre for over ten years. He is a valuable and popular tutor, respected by members, other tutors and the staff at The Actors Centre.
— Michael John (Head of Programming at The Actor’s Centre, London.)

We will look at techniques in, ‘raising the stakes’ and, creating comedy characters. One particularly useful skill we will develop is how to make others appear funny.

By the end of the workshop students will have laid to rest any fear they have of impro’, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of establishing a scene, making it interesting and finding an ending. 

The Early Bird fee for the Workshop is £25 if payment is made by 6pm Monday 21st November, then the price will rise to £30.