Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price and We Are Funny Project
Jan
14
12:00 PM12:00

Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price and We Are Funny Project

£55 Early Bird price expires December 25th and then jumps to £75 for late bookers.

Students will receive guaranteed stage time with We Are Funny Project so that they can apply some of what has been learned.

This is a workshop for newbies, people who might wish to pump up their public speaking skills, new comedians and also gigging comedians who want to build or improve upon their storytelling skills. By storytelling, I mean joke driven stories with a beginning, middle and a pay off at the end. 

If you have a look on comedycv you will see that so many acts describe themselves as having a storytelling style. Funny stories are now even more popular than ever and form part of club sets from 5 to 20 mins and longer, as well as hour long solo shows.

There is a good reason for this - audiences love funny stories. After 5 intensive hours you will leave with a head full of ideas. The aim of the day is for you to be able to take events that have happened to you and make them funny to the audience in front of you.
It’s a fun and practical workshop that looks at :

How we can develop a funny story from an initial idea to a finished bit.
The techniques used to generate ideas for stories.
How to develop and edit a story.
What makes a story work for you and your on stage persona.
How to deal with various disruptions that happen when peforming long form stories in different types of rooms. And how actually, a heckle or disruption can really add to you story. 

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.

Matt Price in Australia 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52CfdUkQbAA 

Matt Price with a weird heckler
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX-7Su38Wlc

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Welcome to Stand Up: A One Day Workshop with Dave Thompson
Jan
28
12:00 PM12:00

Welcome to Stand Up: A One Day Workshop with Dave Thompson

The Early Bird £60 price for the day is available until January 15th and then increases to £75.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-be-funny-a-one-day-workshop-with-dave-thompson-tickets-32347957612

Students will also be assured an open mic spot, if they wish, with We Are Funny Project so that what has been learned can be applied.

 

Develop the ability to relax and generate laughter. Whether you want to perform stand-up comedy, or give engaging presentations, making people laugh will boost your success. Find the “place of power” in a room, and be confident with a crowd. Explore body language, persona, and rhythm, to intrigue your audience. Learn about joke structure, and how to find the laugh.

 

PERSONA:

 

Your persona is the lens through which the audience sees your material. A persona that’s clear can make poor material hilarious. A persona that’s hard to understand can make brilliant material dull. A slight adjustment to your presence on stage can make a huge impact.

 

WHO CAN ATTEND?

 

Those who want an injection of confidence at public speaking. Anyone who wants to try stand-up comedy. Comedians and actors who want to be funnier.

 

Dave Thompson has performed stand-up comedy in over 34 countries. He’s sold jokes to many famous comedians, and has written for TV in the UK, Germany, and America. He appeared in four comedy feature films, and numerous TV shows.

 

Dave has been invited to teach corporate presentation skills in Britain and Hungary.

 

The Joy of Speaking in Public

 

Public speaking is one of the few occupations where you don’t need qualifications. You’re not required to wear a uniform – nobody dictates how you should look. 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 interesting enough, you can pretty much live outside the system that so many dream of escaping.

 

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

 

Getting On Stage.

We cover:

 

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.

 

 

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 feedback.

 

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.

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Clowning Workshop with Dave Thompson and We Are Funny Project
Feb
4
12:00 PM12:00

Clowning Workshop with Dave Thompson and We Are Funny Project

Dave Thompson is a multi-skilled comedian. Dave is an internationally acclaimed stand-up act, clown and teacher of comedy and public-speaking. Oh, and he was also Tinky Winky in The Teletubbies.....

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/clowning-workshop-with-dave-thompson-and-we-are-funny-project-tickets-36514597143

The £55 price for the day includes pub meal and a drink. Students will be provided a guaranteed open mic spot with We Are Funny Project so that they might practise some of what they will have learned.



The "Early Bird £55 price expires on 22nd January and then the price increases to £75 for late bookers.



In Search of Stupid – Encountering Our Clown.



Are you tired of being sensible? Then try being stupid. 

The clown starts full of hope, and finishes in fiasco. 

The clown is open, simple, stupid - and happy. 

The clown walks on stage with a heart full of love, and no ideas. 

The audience loves the clown for their humanity, not for their slick performance. 



Some great clowns don’t wear clown costume. Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecombe, Rik Mayall, Harry Hill and Tim Vine celebrate the silly.



This one-day Workshop is for beginners and experienced performers to explore their inner idiot, and enjoy the flop. Let go of cool, and romp under a full moon with half a brain. Dave Thompson’s Workshop is a safe space to be sane in this insane world.



The course is practical, but includes some theory. The day involves:



Clown types – the Auguste, and the Bouffon.

The difference between the Clown and the Fool.

Simple games.

Improvising.

Clown Entrances and exits.

The Circle.

Ensemble playing.

Wobbling.



Please bring comfortable clothing and be prepared to sit or lie on the floor.



Students can bring old clothes, masks, hats, toys, instruments, and dolls.



Dave Thompson has performed stand-up comedy in thirty-four countries. Known for his zany style, he's written material for many famous names including Harry Hill, Omid Djalili, Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth, Stewart Lee, and Phil Nichol. Dave appeared in four feature films and numerous TV shows including ‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp’. He was in eight episodes of Al Murray’s sitcom ‘Time Gentlemen Please’. He’s best-known as the actor inside the Tinky Winky costume in the world-famous TV show 'Teletubbies'.



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

 

Comments from Former Students

 

Mike LashFantastic workshop. Useful for stand up, improv and just a background knowledge of Clowning. It's not about painted faces and red noses. This is an active workshop that really makes you think about how you approach performance. We all got loads of performance time and when you're watching others you're enthralled.

 

Gary ShawA very interesting and great fun afternoon. Dave is not only a very funny comedian, but really knows his stuff regarding not only clowning performance, but also it's history and, dare I suggest, psychology. Parts of the workshop, I had enormous fun doing, but wasn't sure what they were about. But in hindsight, you can see precisely where they were heading towards.



“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



"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.



"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 black belt. We learnt that, to make em 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



Dave’s novel ‘The Sex Life of a Comedian’, is available on Amazon.

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Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro
Feb
25
12:00 PM12:00

Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until February 5th 2018. The Late Booker price of £85 will then apply.

Students will receive guaranteed stage time with We Are Funny Project so that they can apply some of what they will have learned.

This is quite simply a comedy master class from Scott Capurro winner of several comedy awards, including the prestigious Perrier Award (when it still mattered).

Scott is a featured actor in film and television, he’s appeared in Mrs. Doubtfire, Star Wars Phantom Menace and on every panel show off the scenic route. This San Franciscan is one of nature’s great raconteurs. Challenging, sometimes outrageous, but intimate too and most happily inspired by the creative process.

This workshop will not only save new acts from making rookie errors and traversing dead end material during their own incubation; it’s also a fantastic way to get to know other fresh faces on the comedy scene.

This workshop is designed for comedy acts of all levels. However anyone with less than 300 gigs will perhaps benefit the most. A massive challenge in stand up performance is making the comedian’s act accessible to a room full of strangers, and with this direct, pertinent approach from one of the longest lasting comedy acts in the UK, such a barrier can be expediently overcome.

Earlier in the workshop, Scott will present a class on the process of creating a stand up set and drilling into your comedic premise. Later, each act will perform 2 - 3 minutes of jokes, with Capurro’s immediate feedback.

Scott will look at each section of the student’s act, pulling apart every joke, finding its truest, simplest form, and revealing the joke’s purest humour. A decent idea will be made better, and a good idea would be propelled to dynamite material.

The audience, made up of students, will then offer their comments. There are a lot of laughs throughout the day.

After 5 pm, Alfie will remain for drinks and take any questions to which he feels qualified to respond, including but not limited to finding the better open mics, acquiring spots in such appropriate clubs, and how to make yourself an indispensable cog in the comedy wheel.

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NLP for Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Richard Lindesay
Mar
4
12:00 PM12:00

NLP for Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Richard Lindesay

This workshop is designed to bring specific skills to performers who wish to be able to be (more) comfortable on stage, grow their confidence, improve their rapport with the audience and generally bolster their stage presence and joke writing abilities.

The "Early Bird" ticket price of £55 is available until February 19th and then increases to £75. The price includes a guaranteed spot at at a We Are Funny Project gig soon after, so that what has been learned can be applied.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nlp-for-stand-up-comedy-workshop-with-richard-lindesay-and-wafp-tickets-39609689648

NLP is Neuro Linguistic Programming, Jimmy Carr is one of many who have applied it to their joke craft. Here's a decent online definition for this spectacular field.

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

NLP is a broad and dense topic, this workshop is a focussed and detailed introduction to applying boosted art and skills for comedy preparation and performance.

- Maximise stage presence by looking and feeling comfortable on stage

- Building comedy material with maximum clarity and laugh potential

- Getting more laughs by communicating material in an easy-to-assimilate manner

- Gain confidence by committing your material to memory

- Keeping control of the room by dealing with interruptions and hecklers

- Apply what you’ve learned with an on-stage performance of your material

Your tutor, Richard Lindesay, has been involved in NLP since the early 2000s to model successful business people. By the mid 2000s he was mentoring people on a one-on-one to basis, working on improving their presentation skills, reducing stage fright, and writing clear and easy-to-assimilate presentation and training material. 

In the early 2010s he developed his own business consulting methods under the banner of Metaphors of Business, and provided public trainings and private mentoring in these techniques. NLP led Richard into comedy through an NLP modelling project where he was tasked with analysing the performance technique and material of Jimmy Carr, after which he used what he had learned to write and perform his own stand-up comedy.

Richard started comedy in Sydney, Australia, and has since gigged professionally in comedy clubs throughout Australia, New Zealand, and more recently in the UK. He produced and performed in sold out shows at the Sydney Fringe Festival and New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

In the UK, alongside performing, he also writes comedy material for social media companies, public speakers, and other comics.

http://www.richardlindesay.com/

Promoter Alfie Noakes will be available for after-workshop drinks and will happily answer any more general questions on the comedy scene (where he feels qualified to comment)

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How to Develop Comedy for Television with Howard Cohen
Mar
18
12:00 PM12:00

How to Develop Comedy for Television with Howard Cohen

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until 6pm March 5th then increases to £85.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-develop-comedy-for-television-with-howard-cohen-and-wafp-tickets-39609992554

The tutor, Howard Cohen is a comedy writer/producer who has worked for major production companies including Warner Brothers, Disney, Objective Productions and Lion Television.

TV credits include BBC3’s Impractical Jokers, BBC2’s The Ginge, The Geordie & The Geek, ITV’s The Paul O’ Grady Show and Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer. 

Howard produced and directed a highly successful a series of scripted comedy films for Yahoo! and in 2016 produced, directed and edited the number one most viewed series of shorts for Channel 4 online.

Howards' first scripted comedy has been optioned by a major production company, whilst his second scripted project is currently in development at another company.

Who Is The Workshop For?
So many comedians and aspiring comedy writers have interest in working on TV projects, but unless you want to climb the ladder it’s difficult to break into the industry creatively. This workshop is designed to help those who are outside the TV industry to find a way into the business.

Why Come To The Workshop?
Just because you are not a junior researcher or an assistant producer, does not mean you can make an opportunity for yourself to develop TV shows, BUT there is a certain methodology to dealing with the production companies. This workshop will provide them students with insights to help them progress their ideas to the screen. The day is a blend of theory and practical challenges and exercises.

Break Down Of The Day
1. An introduction to TV – how industry works, who to approach and how best to approach them.
2. Comedy Entertainment – What are they looking for and how to get your initial approach noticed and what you can do to make your idea standout.
3. Comedy Entertainment – How to zone in on your big idea and how to sell it. Advice on treatments and tasters.
4. Brainstorm Exercises – Opportunities to develop a new comedy entertainment idea.
5. Scripted Comedy – What production companies are looking for and how to approach agents. Which competitions offer the most opportunities and how to take the plunge into short film.
6. Scripted Comedy – How to make your idea unique and stand out to the powers that be.
7. Pitching Session – Each student will pitch a single idea and face the challenge of hitting the right marks and testers.
8. Q&A with Howard on practically any aspect of the industry you might care to ask.

Event promoter Alfie Noakes is himself a 13 year veteran of the TV and Radio industry, specialising in documentary, cinema and magazine programming for a slew of shows on Channel 4, Sky, ITV and MTV plus two years as a reporter on BBC Radio One. Towards the end of the day Alfie will be available to answer questions on commissioning and production in arenas beyond specifically comedy productions.

As a short film maker Howards' work has been nominated for awards around the world including The London Short Film Festival, The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival & The Houston Comedy Film Festival. His film “Something For The Wickend” won the people’s choice award at The London Short Film Showcase, and 2015’s “The Milkman” won Best Film at The KinoDot International Film Festival. This work was rewarded with a sketch show series broadcast internationally on the digital channels of the Shorts TV film network.

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Sound Performance, Recording and Techniques for Podcasting Workshop with Robin Green
May
13
10:00 AM10:00

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

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 May 6th 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.

 
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We Are Funny Dalston with Spring Day
Nov
29
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Spring Day

This is our LAST FREE EVENT before our Xmas break.
After this one, we'll be back in 2018! 

Tonight's Headliner is the fantastic Spring Day!

Special guests (10-mins):
Cressida Wetton
Joe Hobbs
&
Matt Price

Support acts (MUST arrive before 19.30!):
Leslie McJagger
Lily Phillips
Kathryn Mather
Enrico Hallworth
Anna Clifford
Will Preston
Sonny Cheems
Rhys Morgan

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We Are Funny Dalston with Arielle Souma
Nov
28
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Arielle Souma

New Act New Material Night with a more experienced act at the end.

Tonight's Headliner is the fabulous Arielle Souma.

Special guests (10-mins):
Daphna Baram
&
Nathan Cassidy

Simon Weekes
Ben Kavanagh
Nobumi Kobayashi
Jack Johnson
Maxine Vuvuzela (Malinda Mukuma)
Joann Condon
Colin Martin
James Hone
Helena Langdon
Eva Bindeman
Sarah Crowden

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We Are Funny Dalston with Howard Cohen
Nov
27
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Howard Cohen

New Act New Material Night with a more experienced act at the end.

Tonight's Headliner is the lovely Howard Cohen.

MC for the night is our fantastic Alfie Noakes.

Special guest (10-mins):
Bentley Browning

Johnny Dave (aka Nathan Clemence)
Leighton Roff
Celia Delaney
Michael Hughes
Joshua Massen
Mark Lemon
Kallis Kyriacou
Chris Jones
Joe Hobbs
Danny Walsh
Keelah Rose Calloway
Daniel David

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We Are Funny Dalston with Dylan Gott
Nov
20
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Dylan Gott

New Act New Material Night with a more experienced act at the end.

Guest MC is the lovely Chris Brown!

Tonight's Headliner is Dylan Gott.

Special guests (10-mins):
Alex Martini
&
Sam Smedley

Adam Bromley
Rebekka Turner
Jurga Sakalauskaite
Sam Webb
Tom Griffin
Ryan Cross
Sohom Das
Matthew Truesmith
Tariq Robin Muman
Andre Mckenzie
 

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We Are Funny Dalston with Keith Platt
Nov
15
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Keith Platt

New Act New Material Night with a Pro act at the end.

Tonight's Headliner is the immense Keith Platt!

Special guests (10-mins):
Christian Reilly
&
Matt Price

Support acts (MUST arrive before 19.30!):
Caitlin Vine
Mark Lemon
Aydin Moghaddam
Gaëlle Constant
Sami Stone
KellyMaxine Ford Bannister
Pernilla Holland
Steve Hili
Kayla MacQuarrie

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We Are Funny Dalston with Benji Waterstones
Nov
14
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Benji Waterstones

New Act New Material Night with a more experienced act at the end.

Tonight's Headliner is the lovely Benji Waterstones.

Special guests (10-mins):
Jay Handley
&
Saskia Preston

Support acts (MUST arrive before 19.30!):
Leighton Roff
Ruby MacKellar
Mo Saffaf
Enrico Hallworth
Sachin Kumarendran
Phil Green
Ola Aralepo
Hubert Mayr
Jacopo Schena
Toby Isaacs

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We Are Funny Dalston with Henry Ginsberg
Nov
13
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Henry Ginsberg

New Act New Material Night with a more experienced act at the end.

Guest MCs: Chris Jones + Rob Mayhew

Tonight's Headliner is Henry Ginsberg.

Special guests (10-mins):
Alex Martini
&
Robyn Perkins

Kathryn Taylor
Tom Redman
Kelvin Green
Andrew Buchan
Caspian James
Gaëlle Constant
Rhys Morgan
Robert Dan
Joseph MMath Lim

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Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro and WAFP
Nov
12
12:00 PM12:00

Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro and WAFP

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until October 30th, includes a pub meal and drink. The Late Booker price of £85 will apply after October 30th.

Students will receive guaranteed stage time with We Are Funny Project so that they can apply some of what they will have learned.

This is quite simply a comedy master class from Scott Capurrowinner of several comedy awards, including the prestigious Perrier Award (when it still mattered).

Scott is a featured actor in film and television, he’s appeared in Mrs. Doubtfire, Star Wars Phantom Menace and on every panel show off the scenic route. This San Franciscan is one of nature’s great raconteurs. Challenging, sometimes outrageous, but intimate too and most happily inspired by the creative process.

This workshop will not only save new acts from making rookie errors and traversing dead end material during their own incubation; it’s also a fantastic way to get to know other fresh faces on the comedy scene.

This workshop is designed for comedy acts of all levels. However anyone with less than 300 gigs will perhaps benefit the most. A massive challenge in stand up performance is making the comedian’s act accessible to a room full of strangers, and with this direct, pertinent approach from one of the longest lasting comedy acts in the UK, such a barrier can be expediently overcome. 
 

Earlier in the workshop, Scott will present a class on the process of creating a stand up set and drilling into your comedic premise. Later, each act will perform 2 - 3 minutes of jokes, with Capurro’s immediate feedback.

Scott will look at each section of the student’s act, pulling apart every joke, finding its truest, simplest form, and revealing the joke’s purest humour. A decent idea will be made better, and a good idea would be propelled to dynamite material.

The audience, made up of students, will then offer their comments. There are a lot of laughs throughout the day.

After 5 pm, Alfie will remain for drinks and take any questions to which he feels qualified to respond, including but not limited to finding the better open mics, acquiring spots in such appropriate clubs, and how to make yourself an indispensable cog in the comedy wheel.

www.scottcapurro.com

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Talk. Hooked on Failing Drug Law - The Past and Future of the War on Drugs with Neil Woods
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Talk. Hooked on Failing Drug Law - The Past and Future of the War on Drugs with Neil Woods

This event is part of the "We Are Fascinating Project" season of Talks from entertaining experts and insightful individuals. The Talks will each be capped off with a Q&A between the speaker and the audience. It's a social, it's a learning opportunity, it's a little like an interactive book....where the reader gets to ask direct questions to the author

Hooked on Our Failing Drug Laws - The Past and Future of the Failed War on Drugs

What are Drug Laws doing to our society? Former Undercover Drug Squad officer, Neil Woods, describes his experiences of the narcotic underworld, and the reality of how our laws continue to fail our communities.

Neil Woods worked undercover over 14 years, infiltrating some of the most violent drugs gangs in the UK. Starting off with no training, Neil helped develop the police techniques and trained many operatives around the country. Now a writer and full time campaigner for changes in the prohibition law, Neil has numerous fascinating tales from the front line in the War on Drugs. From samurai swords to guns, the life of this undercover cop was constantly at risk from the unpredictable characters who run the streets in our inner cities.

Neil will explain how he went from Drug Warrior, always looking to catch more dealers, to realising that our drug policy is only causing harm. Further, we take a look at how we got here and where it could be going.

Neils' best-selling memoir "Good Cop, Bad War" is described by The Guardian as "a gripping expose of the disastrous reality of the drug war", and by Johann Hari as "the best book ever written about the British War on Drugs"

The book has been optioned as a TV drama by the makers of Line Of Duty, World Productions.

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NLP for Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Richard Lindesay and We Are Funny Project
Oct
29
12:00 PM12:00

NLP for Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Richard Lindesay and We Are Funny Project

This workshop is designed to bring specific skills to performers who wish to be able to be (more) comfortable on stage, grow their confidence, improve their rapport with the audience and generally bolster their stage presence and joke writing abilities.

The ticket price of £65 includes a pub meal and drink during the workshop, plus a guaranteed spot at at a We Are Funny Project gig soon after, so that what has been learned can be applied.

This Early Bird £65 price offer expires on October 16th when the price will rise to £85.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nlp-for-stand-up-comedy-with-richard-lindesay-and-we-are-funny-project-tickets-36358331749 

NLP is Neuro Linguistic Programming, Jimmy Carr is one of many who have applied it to their joke craft. Here's a decent online definition for this spectacular field. 

What is NLP? 

https://selfhelpfix.com/nlp.php

NLP is a broad and dense topic, this workshop is a focussed and detailed introduction to applying boosted art and skills for comedy preparation and performance. 
 

- Maximise stage presence by looking and feeling comfortable on stage

- Building comedy material with maximum clarity and laugh potential

- Getting more laughs by communicating material in an easy-to-assimilate manner

- Gain confidence by committing your material to memory

- Keeping control of the room by dealing with interruptions and hecklers

- Work on your material and delivery live onstage

Your tutor, Richard Lindesay, has been involved in NLP since the early 2000s to model successful business people. By the mid 2000s he was mentoring people on a one-on-one to basis, working on improving their presentation skills, reducing stage fright, and writing clear and easy-to-assimilate presentation and training material. In the early 2010s he developed his own business consulting methods under the banner of Metaphors of Business, and provided public trainings and private mentoring in these techniques. NLP lead Richard into comedy through an NLP modelling project where he was tasked with analysing the performance technique and material of Jimmy Carr, after which he used what he had learned to write and perform my own stand-up comedy.

Richard started comedy in Sydney, Australia, and has since gigged professionally in comedy clubs throughout Australia, New Zealand, and more recently in the UK. He produced and performed in sold out shows at the Sydney Fringe Festival and New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

In the UK, alongside performing, he also write comedy material for social media companies, public speakers, and other comics.

http://www.richardlindesay.com/

Promoter Alfie Noakes will be available for after-workshop drinks and will happily answer and more general questions on the comedy scene (where he feels wualified to comment)

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Talk. Radicals & Outsiders with Jamie Bartlett
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Talk. Radicals & Outsiders with Jamie Bartlett

This event is part of the "We Are Fascinating Project" season of Talks from entertaining experts and insightful individuals. The Talks will each be capped off with a Q&A between the speaker and the audience. It's a social, it's a learning opportunity, it's a little like an interactive book....where the reader gets to ask direct questions to the author.

Speaker Jamie Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialises in online social movements and the impact of technology on society. He is author of the best selling book The Dark Net, a regular commentator on national and international media outlets. He recently presented the two-part BBC documentary series 'The Secrets of Silicon Valley'.

Jamie will talk about his new book Radicals, which is an exploration of the individuals, groups and movements rejecting the way we live now, and are attempting to find alternatives.

He will take us inside the strange and exciting worlds of the innovators, disruptors, idealists and extremists who think society is broken, and believe they know how to move on in an improved direction.

Jamie will discuss why politics appears to be getting more radical, the prospects for new political movements, and whether there is anything the mainstream can learn from them.

From dawn raids into open mines to the darkest recesses of the internet, Jamie will introduce us to some of the most interesting and important movements today: the US Transhumanist Party, far-right groups seeking to close the borders, militant environmentalists striving to save the planet's natural reserves by any means possible, libertarian movements founding new countries, autonomous cooperatives in self-sustaining micro-societies, and psychedelic pioneers attempting to heal society with the help of powerful hallucinogens.

Jamie will present the political ideas of the future and invite the audience to consider:

* What will happen if AI takes all the jobs?

* Can Europe handle 250 million climate change refugees?

* Is society's attitude to relationships completely wrong?

* Will psychedelic movements change the world?

* Is it possible to live together without countries?

Tickets are £10 in advance or £15 on the door.

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Talk. The Drugs Don't (Always) Work: The Future of Chronic Pain Management
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Talk. The Drugs Don't (Always) Work: The Future of Chronic Pain Management

This event is part of the "We Are Fascinating Project" season of Talks from entertaining experts and insightful individuals. The Talks will each be capped off with a Q&A between the speaker and the audience. It's a social, it's a learning opportunity, it's a little like an interactive book....where the reader gets to ask direct questions to the author.

Speaker Danny Orchard is a lecturer in pain science and writes the pain management curriculum for the British School of Osteopathy, the oldest college of osteopathy in Europe. After reading a MSc in Pain Science from Kings College London, he spent several years lecturing on the international circuit.

This lecture talk will explore the neuroscience behind chronic pain from a layperson's perspective and how pain is a complex interaction between the physical state of our tissues and our psychological state of mind.

We will delve into how and why a person may be susceptible to pain chronification (the move from fleeting to persistent pain) and the changes that occur in our nervous systems that leads to a state of chronic pain.

We will also look at the basic mechanism behind certain painkillers and why they don't always work as expected, or can even make the pain worse.

We will finish by looking at ways to prevent pain becoming persistent and what we can do to help reduce its effect on our quality of life.

Danny's most recent venture is a new start-up charity, the Centre for Osteopathic Research and Excellence, aimed at providing affordable osteopathy to the community, mentoring for new graduates and researching non-pharmaceutical treatments for chronic pain.

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How to Develop Comedy for Television with Howard Cohen and WAFP
Oct
15
12:00 PM12:00

How to Develop Comedy for Television with Howard Cohen and WAFP

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until October 2nd, includes a pub meal and drink.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-develop-comedy-for-television-with-howard-cohen-and-we-are-funny-project-tickets-36393823907 

The tutor, Howard Cohen is a comedy writer/producer who has worked for major production companies including Warner Brothers, Disney, Objective Productions and Lion Television.

TV credits include BBC3’s Impractical Jokers, BBC2’s The Ginge, The Geordie & The Geek, ITV’s The Paul O’ Grady Show and Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer. Howard produced and directed a highly successful a series of scripted comedy films for Yahoo!and in 2016 produced, directed and edited the number one most viewed series of shorts for Channel 4 online.

Howards' first scripted comedy has been optioned by a major production company, whilst his second scripted project is currently in development at another company.

Who Is The Workshop For?

So many comedians and aspiring comedy writers have interest in working on TV projects, but unless you want to climb the ladder it’s difficult to break into the industry creatively. This workshop is designed to help those who are outside the TV industry to find a way into the business.

Why Come To The Workshop?

Just because you are not a junior researcher or an assistant producer, does not mean you can make an opportunity for yourself to develop TV shows, BUT there is a certain methodology to dealing with the production companies. This workshop will provide them students with insights to help them progress their ideas to the screen. The day is a blend of theory and practical challenges and exercises.

Break Down Of The Day

1. An introduction to TV – how industry works, who to approach and how best to approach them.

2. Comedy Entertainment – What are they looking for and how to get your initial approach noticed and what you can do to make your idea standout.

3. Comedy Entertainment – How to zone in on your big idea and how to sell it. Advice on treatments and tasters.

4. Brainstorm Exercises – Opportunities to develop a new comedy entertainment idea.

5. Scripted Comedy – What production companies are looking for and how to approach agents. Which competitions offer the most opportunities and how to take the plunge into short film.

6. Scripted Comedy – How to make your idea unique and stand out to the powers that be.

7. Pitching Session – Each student will pitch a single idea and face the challenge of hitting the right marks and testers.

8. Q&A with Howard on practically any aspect of the industry you might care to ask.

The price for the workshop with rise to £85 from 6pm on October 2nd.

Event promoter Alfie Noakes is himself a 13 year veteran of the TV and Radio industry, specialising in documentary, cinema and magazine programming for a slew of shows on Channel 4, Sky, ITV and MTV plus two years as a reporter on BBC Radio One. Towards the end of the day Alfie will be available to answer questions on commissioning and production in arenas beyond specifically comedy productions.

As a short film maker Howards' work has been nominated for awards around the world including The London Short Film Festival, The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival & The Houston Comedy Film Festival. His film “Something For The Wickend” won the people’s choice award at The London Short Film Showcase, and 2015’s “The Milkman” won Best Film at The KinoDot International Film Festival. This work was rewarded with a sketch show series broadcast internationally on the digital channels of the Shorts TV film network.

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Musical Comedy Workshop with Kate Lucas and We Are Funny Project
Oct
14
12:00 PM12:00

Musical Comedy Workshop with Kate Lucas and We Are Funny Project

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until October 2nd, includes a pub meal and drink.

Students are guaranteed stage time with the We Are Funny Project so that lessons can be applied.

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, Kate 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.

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.

The "Late Booker" price jumps to £85 from 6pm October 2nd.

Alfie Noakes will happily have a drink with students after the event and answer questions on he London comedy scene, where he feels qualified to answer.

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Radio Comedy Workshop with Adam Bromley and We Are Funny Project
Oct
8
10:00 AM10:00

Radio Comedy Workshop with Adam Bromley and We Are Funny Project

Our tutor, Adam Bromley, has worked in radio comedy on and off for 15 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 Early Bird cost for the day is £100, available until 6pm Monday October 30th, including post-event production and delivery of a short recorded comedy "bit", sketch or scene.

The Late Booker cost is £120

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 short "bits" at the end of the workshop. We shall send the recording to you, mixed and finalised, within 2 weeks 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.

Kris Dyer will join the class to assist in the recording and performance process

http://www.krisdyer.co.uk

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.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/radio-comedy-workshop-with-adam-bromley-and-we-are-funny-project-tickets-36305547871

 

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MCing Open Mic Comedy with Alfie Noakes and We Are Funny Project
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

MCing Open Mic Comedy with Alfie Noakes and We Are Funny Project

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until September 25th, includes a pub meal and drink.

Students are guaranteed stage time with the We Are Funny Project, getting to MC half of an open mic show so as to apply some of what has been learned.

The key focus of this friendly one day workshop is to give new(ish) comedians a clear understanding of the role of the comedy compere, or MC, and how not just get the most laughs and maintain the energy in room, but how to run the night itself. 

This workshop will provide the essential information as what is expected of an MC, best practices, pitfalls to avoid and how best to mine your comedy in this all essential role. 

New MCs won't typically be earning their stripes in a paid comedy club, but on the open mic circuit alongside other fresh talent and duties go far beyond simply saying who's up next......

The day will be part straight class and lecture, part performance and review with tailored advice for each and every attendee.

Matters of  how to stay "in the room", house-keeping, crowd work, dealing with hecklers, having responsibility to the show, introducing acts, working in material and more are covered.

By understanding the role of the open mic MC, students will gain insight on what grass roots promoters look for, and also seek to avoid, best practice to gain stage time as an MC (and as an act) and quite simply get a handle on the scene from a point of view that is not simply that of a performer running 5s and 10s. It's really rather illuminating stuff......

The final Q&A session will open the day up to asking about issues of promoting, managing a room, identifying and securing a venue to run your own night well and frankly, almost anything else you wish to know about running quality open mic, the launch pad for every stand up success story.

Alfie Noakes is the creator and promoter of the We Are Funny Project and has MCed well over 600 shows, most often with up to 18 acts on the bill, fast-fire and swift turnaround shows.

The Late Booker fee will be £85, so please do yourself a favour and don't leave booking until the last minute!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mcing-open-mic-comedy-with-alfie-noakes-and-we-are-funny-project-tickets-36392758721

 

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Talk. A Bitcoin World: How Bitcoin Will Transform the World with Dr Craig Wright
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Talk. A Bitcoin World: How Bitcoin Will Transform the World with Dr Craig Wright

This event is part of the "We Are Fascinating Project" season of Talks from entertaining experts and insightful individuals. The Talks will each be capped off with a Q&A between the speaker and the audience. It's a social, it's a learning opportunity, it's a little like an interactive book....where the reader gets to ask direct questions to the author.

Our speaker Dr. Craig Wright is an Australian computer scientist, businessman and inventor who challenges the world with visionary ideas. Currently, he is Chief Scientist for nChain – the global leader in research and development of blockchain technologies. Dr. Wright has been involved with Bitcoin since 2009, and is one of the earliest minds behind Bitcoin.

Since emerging in 2009, Bitcoin has generated much interest as a cryptocurrency and the future of money. But what if bitcoin is far more?

Learn how visionary scientist Dr. Craig Wright, one of the earliest minds behind bitcoin, created a vision of a world with wide-scale adoption of both the Bitcoin cryptocurrency and the Bitcoin network as a transformative technology platform.

Dr. Wright will explain why you should invest in bitcoin because its technology power rather than riding speculation, and why the newer Bitcoin Cash presents the better path to bitcoin’s true potential.

Bitcoin’s underlying technology platform is the blockchain, a distributed decentralised ledger that chronologically transactions in an immutable way. The bitcoin network can do more than just record transactions; it has the power to transform how commerce and transactions work around the world, and even power a futuristic world of artificial intelligence and intelligent bots.

If Bitcoin is scaled to its true potential, its cryptocurrency value will grow exponentially and its technology contributions to the world will be immeasurable.

Before his early and extensive work with Bitcoin, Dr. Wright had over 20 years of experience in the fields of information technology and security, and is one of the most highly qualified digital forensics practitioners in the world. He has personally conducted in excess of 1,200 IT security related engagements for more than 120 Australian and international organizations in the private and government sectors.

A prolific researcher, Dr. Wright has been a lecturer and researcher in computer science at Charles Sturt University. He has also authored many articles, academic papers and books on IT, security, bitcoin and other cryptocurrency issues. Dr. Wright is now a sought-after public speaker internationally on security, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencytopics, while also presenting his research findings at academic and business conferences.

Tickets are £10 in advance or £15 on the door.

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We Are Fascinating Project Launch Night "Truth about the Satanic Panic & Other Modern Myths with Prof. Chris French"
Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

We Are Fascinating Project Launch Night "Truth about the Satanic Panic & Other Modern Myths with Prof. Chris French"

This event is the first of the "We Are Fascinating Project" season of Talks from entertaining experts and insightful individuals. The Talks will each be capped off with a Q&A between the speaker and the audience. It's a social, it's a learning opportunity, it's a little like an interactive book....where the reader gets to ask direct questions to the author.

Speaker Professor Chris French is the Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, as well as being a Patron of the British Humanist Association and a member of the Scientific and Professional Advisory Board of the British False Memory Society. He has published over 130 articles and chapters covering a wide range of topics within psychology. His main area of research is the psychology of paranormal beliefs and anomalous experiences.

In the context of the recent rise in historical sexual abuse allegations, it is helpful to consider the "Satanic Panic" that occurred in the 1980s and 1990s.

Many of the beliefs that fuelled those waves of hysteria, where children were taken from their innocent parents and nursery schools were excavated in the search for fantastical underground altars, are not supported by any convincing empirical evidence.

The evidence put forward to support the claim that Satanic abuse was real and widespread, came from dubious sources: children interrogated using inappropriate highly suggestive questioning and memories ostensibly “recovered” from adults during therapy.

A generation after the "Satanic Panic", the world is confronted with a new era featuring the internet, social media and "fake" news. The same principles that fed the fear factory and insanity 30 years ago rolls on into new territories such as the rise of the White Supremacists.

Come and hear Professor Chris French of Goldsmiths explain what happened, how it happened, why it happened......and why it can be seen as happening again in a new form.

Professor French frequently appears on radio and television casting a sceptical eye over paranormal claims, as well as writing for the Guardian and The Skeptic magazine which, for more than a decade, he also edited. His most recent books are Why Statues Weep, co-edited with Wendy Grossman, Anomalistic Psychology, co-authored with Nicola Holt, Christine Simmonds-Moore, and David Luke, and Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience co-authored with Anna Stone.

Tickets are £10 in advance or £15 on the door.

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We Are Funny Dalston with Cally Beaton
Sep
18
7:45 PM19:45
We Are Funny Dalston with George Lewis
Jul
13
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with George Lewis

New Act New Material Comedy Night

MC Alex Martini


Headliner is comedy wonderboy (& soon-to-be TV presenter)
George Lewis

Special Guest: Dave Black (10)

Performers:
Jacob Hatton
James Alexander
Erin Barry
Gary Shaw
Andrew Buchan
Tom Redman
Peter Purvis (the guy who usually play Fred Ferenczi!)
Mel Byron
Junior Herbert
Ali Woods
Kuan-wen Huang

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