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Class : Tuesday 28 June - Tuesday 2 August 2016, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Cockpit Theatre London

Gateforth St, Marylebone. London NW8 8EH

What the hell makes something funny anyway?

What makes one person funnier than another?

Making someone laugh is a truly beautiful thing that taps into the core of their experience of life. But when it comes to acting and performance, making people laugh isn’t just the icing on the cake, it’s often a requirement. It’s a business transaction in which the audience is expecting you to cough up the goods. EVERY NIGHT. The writer has often written jokes deep into the action of the script. You job is to know what the true nature of the joke is, and bring the funny. Now. In ‘Bring The Funny’ we will explore physical comedy, slapstick and clown-based humour, as well as the beginnings of short form comic improv and sketches. We will explore the constructs that make something funny, and how to get the audience to invest in it. Actors will also have chance to explore monologues and scenes they have been working on to figure out how to find the joke and bring the funny.

Who is it for?

  • Actors who think they just aren’t funny

  • Actors who think they are hugely funny but are just waiting for other people to agree with them

  • Actors who are funny but seeking ways of controlling and using such a dangerous weapon sensibly

  • Actors who are bored with themselves and are looking for a shake-up

What will you gain from it?

  • A variety of explorations into comedy so that actors can find the entry point that suits them

  • A structured approach to basic comic improv that is easily understood and played within

  • An understanding of status and focus in a scene and how to make best use of it

  • A supportive environment in which you can explore what is truthful and funny in a situation without the pressure of coming up with ‘gags’

  • Opportunity to test the work through monologues and scenes

  • Lots of laughter and new found cheekiness

Places are limited to 12 participants ​​ Class runs weekly - six sessions over six weeks.

"Lawrence is awesome. He's fun, charismatic, full of energy, very inspiring and really funny, I have learnt a phenomenal amount working with him..." - John Kelley, Actor "Lawrence is as bold as he is sensitive. His intuitive teaching style means that whatever you're learning from him is organic and a direct response from what's happening around him. He has an innate ability to deliver exceptional levels of stage craft ...Specifically for me it was a joy to find out what matters most... trusting your body and Lawrence to guide you to letting go, turning your impulses into fully realized moments and feeling physically liberated!" - Kim Hardy, Actor the salon:collective This course is run by the salon:collective, a thriving actor training organisation offering a range of courses designed around the modern working actor. The ethos of our training is influenced by the Meisner technique of acting, each tutor has a fully grounded knowledge of the technique, in addition to their own specialism: physical theatre, Shakespeare, voice work and screen acting.

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