COMEDY WRITING & PERFORMANCE WITH JOSIE LONG, JONNY DONAHOE AND JOHN-LUKE ROBERTS
STARTS 04/09/2019

THE BASICS

  • Six nights accommodation in a private room with mountain views
  • Five full days of teaching, workshops, discussions, activities and use of our excellent arts facilities
  • All inclusive - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks included
  • All dietary requirements catered for - vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, allergies - no problem
  • Return transport from Toulouse included

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Find your comic voice, with the help of three of the UK's most acclaimed comedians
  • Explore comedic theory and the "nuts and bolts" of writing comedy
  • Learn technical performance skills
  • Individual tuition, group sessions and classroom work
  • Opportunities to showcase your work to the group
  • Post-workshop performance, broadcast, release and publication opportunities
  • Optional outdoors activities including hiking, forest explorations and ascent of the Pic de Girantes

BOOK NOW

This workshop is sold out. You can add your email to the waiting list here, or view our other workshops here.


Josie Long is one of the most respected comedians of her generation. She started stand-up at age 14, and went on to win the BBC New Comedy Award in 1999. She has performed stand-up around the world, with her 2016 show Something Better selling out two weeks at the Soho Theatre followed by two weeks at Barrow Street Theatre (New York). Josie has appeared on The News Quiz, Just A Minute, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Skins, 8 out of 10 Cats, Drunk History and Russell Howard's Stand-Up Central; in 2018 she wrote and starred in her first feature film, Super November, to rave reviews.

Jonny Donahoe is an actor, comedian, playwright, screenwriter, broadcaster and musician - his one-man show "Every Brilliant Thing", (which he co-wrote and originally performed), has played more than six hundred times over four continents, including five months off-Broadway at The Barrow Street Theatre. The show was filmed by World of Wonder and screened as a special on HBO. He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for his performance.

Comedian, actor and writer John-Luke Roberts is the British writer on Maximum Fun's hit international podcast "International Waters", and the creator of BBC Radio's "Spats". His sitcom "Bull", co-written with Gareth Gwynn, aired on UKTV Gold and starred Robert Lindsay and Maureen Lipman. John-Luke has written for Have I Got News For You, Newzoids and Nevermind the Buzzcocks, and created 6 solo shows for the Edinburgh Fringe between 2010 and 2018 which have all been critically acclaimed with Soho Theatre transfers. As an actor he has appeared in Channel 4's Babylon, Radio 4's Welcome To Our Village, and played Graeme in the world tour of hit parody play Graeme of Thrones. He is co-founder of the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society.

Each day of this five-day workshop will be split into three sessions:

First up: finding your comic voice. We don't get to decide the way in which we're funny - we have to let an audience tell us. John-Luke Roberts will use a bunch of exercises (many taken from the world of clown training) to help you find out what's funny about you, specifically. You'll learn to listen for the laugh, and use it as the best training tool you have for being funny. This part of the workshop will also serve as the warm-up for the day, to get everyone mentally and physically alert for the day ahead.

Next, nuts and bolts writing. Jonny will lead this part of the workshop - a practical guide to writing comedy from how a joke works, to how to tell a story, to fully blown scripts. A mixture of theory discussion, and writing exercises. There'll be time for collaboration and discussion, and opportunities to present bits of writing and have them critiqued by the group.

Finally, stand-up and stand-up persona - Josie will focus on the basics of stand-up, from simple practical tips for getting on stage and holding a mic, to discovering and honing your persona, and constructing a set.

There'll be time set aside each day for writing and reflection, and a chance to present anything you've been working on. Post-workshop, you will benefit from performance, release, broadcast and publication opportunities at Fuse Art Space, CAMP Radio, through our stable of in-house publishing imprints and record labels, and across our network of partner venues and organisations.

WHERE AND WHEN?

The course takes place at our residential centre in Aulus les Bains. It's two hours south of Toulouse, high in the French Pyrenees, very near the border with Spain. For detailed travel information, see the transport section. The course starts on Wednesday, 04/09/2019. We advise that you arrive the evening before (03/09/2019) - dinner and accommodation that night is included. The course runs for five days, ending on Sunday night. Accommodation on Sunday night is included, then we leave on Monday morning (09/09/2019). If you decide to take the minibus with us, you will be picked up in Toulouse at 6pm on 03/09/2019, and will be back in Toulouse at 11am on 09/09/2019.

HOW TO BOOK

To book your place on the course, click the button in the green section above. You won't pay anything right now - we'll send you a booking confirmation email with everything you need to know next. Your place is reserved without payment for three days.

You'll find a payment link in the booking confirmation email - follow the link to make a payment (either in full, or the first payment of a four month payment plan). In the latter case, a monthly payment plan will be put in place, so your card will be charged 25% of the fee today, and 25% each month (on the same day) for an additional three months. All card payments are handled by Stripe, and are extremely secure. We don't store any card data ourselves - all of this is handled securely off-site by Stripe. If you have a discount or grant code, you will be able to add it when you follow the payment link in your confirmation email.

Once you've made a payment, you'll receive another email containing your receipt, links to resources, contact information and access to our group chat to discuss the workshop with other participants.
INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: SIX NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION, AND FIVE DAYS OF CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES, A COMFORTABLE PRIVATE ROOM AT CAMP, ALL MEALS - BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT CAMP, DINNER AT AN EXCELLENT LOCAL RESTAURANT, UNLIMITED USE OF OUR RECORDING STUDIOS, EDITING SUITES, REHEARSAL STUDIOS, LIBRARY AND OTHER FACILITIES, POST-COURSE BENEFITS & SUPPORT (SEE BELOW)
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: TRAVEL
STUDENT LEVEL: ALL WELCOME
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: NONE REQUIRED
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: PERFORMANCE, RELEASE, BROADCAST AND PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES AT FUSE ART SPACE AND ACROSS OUR NETWORK OF PARTNER VENUES AND ORGANISATIONS