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Get Up, Stand Up! Performing Arts Students Get Advice in Comedy Workshop

Posted: 20th November 2023 - 3:51pm

Students from across the Performing Arts programmes had an exciting opportunity to develop new skills in stand-up comedy and improvisation in a hands-on, interactive workshop with professional comedians.

Held in partnership with arts charity Big Difference and Leicester Comedy Festival, learners from across all Performing Arts courses were invited to work with internationally renowned comedians, Kate McCabe and Allyson Smith.

Kate and Allyson spent time with students developing improvisational skills, and sharing tips and advice on comedy acting and performing. Creative Arts lecturer and disCONNECTED co-producer, Graham Ireland shared, “The students had a great time working with Kate and Allyson, exploring improv and stand-up comedy.”

After a series of activities, games, and sessions, learners came away with new skills to use in their upcoming productions and performances, growing their confidence on stage.

Graham continued, “The students were really engaged and approached all activities by taking risks and building their confidence. They found it fun and informative, and enjoyed developing on their existing skills and learning a new craft.

“Kate and Allyson told me how impressed they were with our students. They commented on how professional they were, and how supportive of each other. They said it felt like our learners have a real sense of community, togetherness, and respect.”