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What's There to Laugh About?

  • Wed, 25 May 2016
  • 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM
  • Tickets: £40/£20/£10

Are you an artist, programmer, academic, comic, or just interested in the art of laughter? Then this event is for you…

Aimed at artists, programmers, academics, comics, and anyone interested in the art of laughter, this lively daylong symposium will question how humour is currently used in performance making, presenting and programming.

It will feature provocations from leading artists, comics and industry professionals, including:

  • Sam Avery (Artistic Director of The Comedy Trust)
  • Hilary Chaplain (USA physical comedienne)
  • Robin Graham (founder of Feelgood Communities CIC and co-founder of the Laughter Network)
  • Sean Kempton (Cirque Du Soleil)
  • Kerry Leigh (professional comedian, MC and compere)
  • Hazel O’Keefe (founder of Dulcet SoundsLaughing Cows ComedyComix Live, and The Women in Comedy Festival

The key speaker is John Wright, the internationally renowned teacher, director and author of acclaimed book Why is that so funny? Wright is founder member of the acclaimed theatre companies, Trestle and Told by an Idiot.

This participatory symposium offers the chance to explore and discuss a range of subjects and questions, including: the use of comedy in programming, training and educationwhat are the boundaries of comedy in art and how are they being pushed?what is the value and use of comedy in creating theatre or art?; and what are the methods, styles and influences in the creation of comedic work?

This event has been organised in collaboration with Bluecoat’s exhibition: Double Act: Art and Comedy (running until Sunday, 19th June 2016) which explores how comedy helps us to shape meaning and negotiate the complexities of everyday life.

Book before 1st May to receive a £10 discount for organisations, artists and freelancers.

  • £40 for organisations
  • £20 for artists and freelancers
  • £10 for PANDA Members & Physical Fest attendees. This discounted rate is not available online. Please book in person at Bluecoat's tickets and information desk.

Conference price includes lunch & refreshments.

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