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Creating Comedy: Techniques and Exercises

Media: DVD
DUR: 120 mins
Product Code: COMEDY
Price: £75.00

This Double DVD provides strategies and ideas for creating comedy for devised and scripted performances. Using interviews, workshops and performance footage from leading international comedy practitioners, this resource will guide students through the entire process, from the initial stages of researching, exploring and testing ideas through to rehearsal and final performance. Specific comedy generating strategies, like games and play, rhythm, timing and surprises, crossed objectives, double acts, major/minor and creating comedy characters are all explained, with performed examples. Includes top-band student performances and ready-to-use teaching materials.

Testimonials

“Comedy can be particularly hard to teach, even though for many students it seems to be a go-to genre.   This DVD will help enforce that there are rules that underpin the work and hopefully will point the way for students to create more quality performances.”
Phil King,  
Chair of NISDA (National Independent Schools Drama Association), and Head of Drama, Bedales

As practical works sits right at the heart of what we do as teachers of drama and theatre, Pumpkin Interactive's latest DVD goes behond what it would be possible to glean purely from a book.

The writings of John Wright, for instance, are brilliant classroom aids but being able to watch a detailed practical workshop (helpfully provided on the second DVD in simple, well-labelled and easy to access sections) is a bonus.

But this DVD does not just study John Wright. Techniques and exercises from the playful and bawdy comedy group Spymonkey and the considered fastidious comedy of Tim Crouch complete the offerings of this practical and potentially lesson-guiding resource.

The first DVD rolls together interviews, practical work and techniques on getting comedy into student devised work with a clear route through the material. Comedy can be particularly hard to teach, even though for many students it seems to be a go-to genrre. This DVD will help enforce that there are rules that underpin the work and hopefully will point the way to more quality performances from their point of view. 

Phil King, 
Chair of NISDA (National Independent Schools Drama Association), and Head of Drama Bedales. 

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