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Laughter is the Best Medicine

We’ve been through a lot together this past year.  

Now, more than ever, is the time to come together and laugh.  

Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. 

We’ve created a five-week programme of free workshops based on laughter. Creative activities to ignite chuckles, giggles and belly laughs.

There're limited places for each workshop, and you need to register via the individual Zoom links to secure your place. We'll be operating a waiting list once workshops are at capacity. 

 

Laughing Together, Wednesday 14th April, 7.30pm 

During this session, let’s take time together to laugh. We all know how good laughter feels. It’s good for our health, both physically and mentally. We’ll practise some laughter yoga, comedy improvisation exercises and sing a few songs. You don’t need to bring anything, or have any yoga, comedy or singing experience. Our only aim is to have a lovely time together. 

Suzy Harvey is a specialist in Joy and Connection. She’s been hosting laughter yoga online for the last year and before COVID-19 she worked as a Giggle Doctor in children’s hospitals and hosted interactive, inclusive screenings of old musicals. Suzy’s main goal in life is to create spaces where people feel safe and confident to express themselves, have fun, be their wonderful selves and feel good. www.everybodylaughtogether.com 

To book, please register via this Zoom link 

Duration: 90 minutes

 

Clowning Around, Wednesday 21st April, 7.30pm 

As we start to pop our heads out of our respective foxholes after the last few months, we need to find ways to reconnect again. This workshop will focus on waking ourselves up to play and just having fun. Nothing is required other than a willingness to have a go. Aimed at everyone and anyone. 

Sean Kempton is an international clown and has been performing, directing, and teaching for nearly 30 years for companies such as Dragone and Cirque Du Soleil, with productions including Quidam, Varekai, Kooza and Le ReveSean’s currently a performance teacher at the National Centre of Circus Arts. www.seankempton.com  

To book, please register via this Zoom link 

Duration: 90 minutes

Empower Play, Wednesday 28th April, 7.30pm 

Unleash your most playful and wonderfully unique self. In this workshopyou’ll explore the benefits of playing through creative exercises and improvisationsto help you find openness and confidence within yourself, and connection with others. All you need is clothes you can move in, something to write with, and a sense of humour! 

Ladylikes are a sketch duo formed by actor-comedians, Phoebe Batteson-Brown and Miztli Rose. Through weird and wacky characters, outlandish situations and a pitch of satire, Ladylikes interrogates and plays with gender expectations and female relationships. 2019 Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off semi-finalists, nominated for Funny Women's Best Comedy Short for Millennial and an official selection at London Worldwide Short Film Festival 2019, Film Bath Festival 2019, and New Orleans Comedy Film Festival 2020. www.ladylikescomedy.wixsite.com  

To book, please register via this Zoom link 

Duration: 90 minutes

#FuckCovidGetMoving, Wednesday 5th May, 7.30pm 

Covering the topics of community, courage, connection, and care. All you need is a playful attitude. You’ll be working quite physically, so be prepared to sweat and have lots of fun. 

The PappyShow are a playful, physical, and visual ensemble theatre company who believe that having a space to play, devise and fail improves us as people. Community cohesion and working together is key to the company’s ensemble ethos and are our way of expanding the conversations on diversitywww.thepappyshow.co.uk   

To book, please register via this Zoom link

Duration: 90 minutes

 

The Way of an Idiot, Wednesday 12th May, 7.30pm 

 Join Told by an Idiot for a practical, physical workshop that will give you a taste of their playful, anarchic approach to making theatre, as well as a chance to connect with other participants in creative and surprising ways, with lots of laughter! 

Told by an Idiot is a critically acclaimed touring theatre company that explores the human condition through theatre that is ‘bigger than life’. Acknowledging the artifice of performance, they make no attempt to put reality on stage, but inhabit the space between laughter and pain that exists in the real world. Told by an Idiot’s work is rooted in the live event and thrives on a sense of spontaneity and risk, celebrating the unpredictability of performance. www.toldbyanidiot.org  

To book, please register via this Zoom link  

Duration: 90 minutes

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