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Weekly Edition - Published  26 April 2016


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What's there to laugh about?

PHYSICAL Fest, in collaboration with Bluecoat and PANDA, are holding an international symposium on comedy in art, What's there to laugh about? at Bluecoat, on Wednesday, 25 May 2016.  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 He is co-founder of the Laughter Network)
Sean Kempton (Cirque Du Soleil)
Kerry Leigh (professional comedian, MC and compere)
Hazel O'Keefe (founder of Dulcet Sounds, Laughing Cows Comedy, Comix 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 education; what 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, 19 June 2016) which explores how comedy helps us to shape meaning and negotiate the complexities of everyday life. 

Book before 1 May 2016, to receive a £10 discount for organisations, artists and freelancers. Conference price includes lunch and refreshments.

To book your place go to the Blue Coat's website.

£40 for organisations.
£20 for artists and freelancers.
£10 for PANDA Members and Physical Fest attendees.


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