Always wanted to write comedy but don’t know where to start? This one-day interactive taster workshop with Diane Messias will show you how to go about it, revealing which medium is best-suited to your idea, where the comedy comes from and how to make the choices which give your work a professional edge.
We’ll cover sitcom, film, comedy drama series and stage plays – each of which has its own requirements – and explore characterisation, plots and dialogue. At the end of the day you’ll leave with templates that will serve you not just for comedy, but for any genre of drama writing.
Diane Messias is a comedy writer who, as a former BBC Comedy Producer/Director, has worked with many of the best-loved household names in the industry: Alistair McGowan, Rory Bremner, Harry Hill, Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Richard Wilson, Alan Coren, Willie Rushton, Andrew Sachs…
Director of the BBC’s hit sitcom One Foot In The Grave, and producer and writer of The News Quiz, Diane has extensive comedy experience in both BBC and independent broadcasting, in television, radio and film.
Diane is also an acclaimed playwright, with her two plays, S.C.U.K. and Readers’ Wives, earning excellent critical reviews.
She teaches comedy and satire writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and standup and drama writing (both comedy and straight) at The Actors’ Centre in London’s Covent Garden. You can find her on Twitter as @NiceEtoile.
Location: The Writers' Place, Jew Street, Brighton, UK
19 May 2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm