Directors': "On Comedy"

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  • February 11, 2005 00:00–00:00

The ADC and The FACULTY OF ENGLISH bring you two days ON COMEDY

This Friday 11th and Saturday 12th February the ADC DIRECTOR'S WORKSHOP holds hands with the English Faculty to present one of the Launch events of the JUDITH E WILSON DRAMA STUDIO

All events and workshops are free of charge, but places will be on a first come first served basis, so book now!

  • FRIDAY 11th, 8PM - An Evening With Terry Johnson - with free booze and fish & chips!

A truly special event; Britain's foremost comedy playwright and Director comes to the studio to talk about his work, career and answer any questions you would want to throw at the man behind a multitude of award-winning productions (see below). Join us at 8pm for free drinks and a fish supper, then settle down at 8.45pm for the talk itself. Contact Alex ( to book a ticket.

Then on Saturday 12th - The MASTERCLASSES.....

  • SATURDAY 10AM-12 - Gag-writing with Colin Swash

Deconstruct, refresh and rejuvenate your jokes with the writer of 2DTV and HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU. Playwright and expert gag-writer Colin Swash invites you to a talk about his work, satire and a workshop on Jokes - what makes them funny; how should they be performed? Contact Alex ( to book a place on the workshop or to come along as audience (questions and participation welcomed!)

  • SATURDAY 2PM-4PM - Bad Acting; How to Achieve it in 2 Hours and Avoid it the Rest of Your Life

This workshop gives ten actors the chance to work with acclaimed National Theatre director Terry Johnson up close. Audience is of course welcomed and questions encouraged! Contact Alex ( to book a place as participant or audience member.

Terry Johnson is Britain's foremost comedy playwright and director. His work includes Insignificance (Royal Court Theatre July to August 1982), Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle And Dick (NT's Lyttelton Theatre Sept 1998 to Jan 1999) for which he won the 1999 Olivier Award for Best Comedy and Hysteria: Fragments Of An Analysis Of An Obsessional Neurosis (Royal Court Theatre Sept to Nov 1993, returned Duke of York's Nov 1995 to Jan 1996) for which he also 1994 Olivier Award for Best Comedy. His other work includes the comedy Dead Funny (Hampstead Theatre Feb to March 1994, transferred Vaudeville Theatre April to Oct 1994) for which he won the 1994 Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play. He has also adapted and directed for the stage The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre April 2000 to 19 Jan 2002) and The London Cuckolds (NT's Lyttelton Theatre March 1998 to Aug 1998).
He has also directed Elton John's Glasses (Queen's Theatre June to July 1998) and Entertaining Mr Sloane (Arts Theatre Jan to April 2001).