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Finding the Funny: How to Write Comedy

  • WriteSpace Jerusalem Talbiya Jerusalem (map)

Develop your writing skills with visiting British playwright, director & dramaturge Rachel Creeger, who is leading 3 different seminars through WriteSpace Jerusalem, on May 8, 9 & 15.

Rachel Creeger: 'Having run a comedy gig for years, I have seen acts with fantastically funny material which they can't successfully deliver, others who have a hilarious personality to coast by on but thin writing, and the special few who have the magic combination of outstanding writing and awesome performance.

As a theatre director specialising in writing and developing comedic pieces, I've enjoyed helping others hone their work to engineer the response that they want. In this seminar, we will look at how to craft comedic writing in a variety of formats from jokes to stories to sketches to topical comment.'

Topics will include:
Exercises that excise the funny from factual information
Comedic structure in writing
Joke styles and why they work
Finding your comic voice

BIO: Rachel Creeger is a prolific director of British new writing, most recently the tour and Edinburgh run of Mancunian Rhapsody by Debra Tammer. Personal writer/director credits include An Insomniac's Guide To Ambulances, Paying Attention (DYSPLA Festival), Staffroom and many commissioned plays for children.  Rachel is a dramaturge and regularly works with writers and performers on developing their material. As Time2Shine Productions she delivers school workshops and helps community groups devise original theatre from concept to performance. Part of the team behind the awards nominated Othello Peckham and Hamlet Peckham, Rachel hosts monthly comedy night ‘Upstairs at the Adam and Eve!’ in North London and is currently working on her new play Our Still Waters

Maximum. Participation: 14
Cost: 390 NIS for one seminar; 700 NIS for any two full-day seminars. This includes light snacks and tea/coffee, not lunch.
Time: 09:30-15:15
Location: Talbiya, Jerusalem (more details upon registration).

Registration: call Nadia Jacobson on 054 598 3264. Payment can be made via check/cheque or bank transfer prior to the seminar or in exact change on the day (if registration has been confirmed ahead of time).