Organisers of the annual Leicester Comedy Festival are setting up a comedy school as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the event.  The Laugh Term Comedy School will run from 12-16th February and will be based at Moat Community College, supported by De Montfort University. The “school” will teach young people aged 13-18 the basics of comedy performance and the students will graduate at a special performance on the Friday evening.  The participants will be trained in a series of live comedy performance skills including improvised comedy, stand up and sketches led by professional comedians.  Places for the school are priced £25 for the week and can be booked now by visiting www.comedy-festival.co.uk/event/laugh-term-comedy-school/

Leicester Comedy Festival has a long tradition of working with schools and colleges across Leicester and Leicestershire to engage young people in the annual event.  Previous events have included workshops at Regent College and Gateway College but this is the first time the festival programme has included a week-long school open to young people.  The 25thanniversary of the festival takes place from 7-25th February and includes over 836 events across 69 venues, performed by 613 comedians and performers; an increase of 8.5% on last year.

Geoff Rowe, founder and Director of the festival said: “we are thrilled to be working with our partners at Moat Community College and DMULocal at De Montfort University to organise the first ever Laugh Term Comedy School.  We know there is huge interest amongst young people in comedy and an increasing interest in them learning more about live comedy performance.  There are huge benefits for young people to develop their performance skills including improved confidence, presentation and communication skills but mainly we hope to give young people an amazing experience and loads of fun!”

Brian Killeen, Principal of Moat Community College, said: “I’m really delighted to be hosting the first event Laugh Term Comedy School here at Moat.  Leicester Comedy Festival is such a huge event it’s great to give our pupils, and young people attending the School from across Leicester & Leicestershire, the opportunity to work with professional comedians and develop their skills.  At Moat we work hard to ensure our pupils have access to a range of opportunities and we’re really looking forward to hosting the project.”

Mark Charlton, Head of Public Engagement at De Monfort University, said: “We’re very happy to be extending our support of Leicester Comedy Festival in their 25th anniversary year.  The Laugh Term Comedy School builds on the impressive work the festival has done with young people across more than 2 decades and we’re sure it will provide a unique and exciting opportunity for the participants to develop their skills.  Our #DMULocal programme really helps create positive change across the city by engaging people in a huge number of projects and activities.  The Laugh Terms Comedy School is the latest project for us to support and we are delighted to do so.”

The full programme for Leicester Comedy Festival 2018 is now available either by obtaining a copy of the main brochure or by visiting www.comedy-festival.co.uk

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