This course will be run in association with Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival for the second year running.
Festival Co-Director Kevin Bland said “Every year we’ve tried to introduce something different to the Festival, and to make it as inclusive as possible. I’ve long had the feeling there are some frustrated comedians in Shropshire so we thought we’d do something that would encourage them a bit – hence the idea of doing a stand up course.”
He’s quick to point out however, it’s not just those who wish to get a leg up to start a new career that would benefit from the course. “First & foremost it’s a great way to meet like minded people, have a bit of fun and maybe get over those nerves that everyone has when speaking in public. We’ve had interest from a wide demographic & there will be lots to take away from the course even if you never perform stand up again” he added.
The course, which will be taught by professional comedian James Cook, will be two full days, the Saturday of the two weekends prior to the Festival.
The 4th & 11th July at Origins Restaurant at Shrewsbury Colleges Group on London Road, Shrewsbury. The course will run from 10.30am - 4pm with a break for lunch.
Day One will concentrate on the material - conception, writing, editing & set construction.
Day Two will concentrate on the performance - stagecraft, mic technique & set delivery.
Kevin says that on completion of the course “We will put on a showcase gig at lunchtime on the Saturday 18th July where family & friends (and the wider public) can come and watch you perform your first gig.”
Cost of the course per person will be £130. The showcase will be £3 entry to cover venue costs.