Hilarity Academy comes to Bethnal Green

We all know that arts subjects and non-academic activities are being cut from school curriculums left, right and centre, so it’s fantastic news that St. Margaret’s House in Bethnal Green has recently been awarded a grant from Children in Need to provide Hilarity Academy Comedy Workshops for young people in Tower Hamlets. This is a great opportunity – and, thanks to the grant, it’s free to attend!

Taking place at 3:30pm every Monday from 30 September, each session will run for an hour and a half during term time. There will be two age groups: 7-12 and 13-18, with each group hosting up to 30 children.

Developed and run by comedians Alice Devlin and Martin Willis, Hilarity Academy will offer young people a fun and safe platform where they can learn how to make comedy. The sessions will focus on different styles of comedy performance from sketch to stand-up to clowning and improvisation. Participants will gain valuable life skills in the process, such as self-confidence and ways to express themselves articulately. They will also have the opportunity to show their skills off at the Gallery Café as well as at The Albany Comedy Club in Camden.

Why comedy?
Simply put, kids deserve to have fun! They deserve to be expressive and articulate. They should also be allowed to fail. Alice and Martin believe that, in comedy, freedom and failure are where the best material comes from and their workshops create a space in which young people can do just that.

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Alice and Martin’s stage work encompasses stand-up, sketch, clowning and improv. Between them, they have worked with young people in a range of educational and arts environments, and their passion and knowledge of comedy have inspired many. Both also have experience in working within the curriculum and have run clowning workshops based on literature, sketch and improvisation as a way into the creative process.

Alice and Martin have run workshops for organisations including BFI, Jackson’s Lane and Haringey Shed. Alice also runs popular monthly alternative comedy night Piñata, is an actor for Punchdrunk, and a founder of Bric à Brac Theatre Company. Martin runs comedy production company Objectively Funny, has a double act, Loose Brie, and has written and performed for BBC Radio 1, BBC3 and Comic Relief.

To Find Out More
For info and how to sign up, please call Stuart at St. Margaret’s House on 020 8980 2092 or email him at pm@stmargaretshouse.org.uk.

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07791 559782

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