Always wanted to have a go at writing comedy but never had the chance?  A new community arts project in Bath is  eager to find new talent.

The Bath Institute of Laughter was launched last weekend and a group of enthusiastic writers came together to start working on their comedy. The next step is a series of practical workshops starting at the end of April, leading to a public event at the Social Club on Friday 10th June.

The challenge is to write topical or satirical monologues based around the theme The Seven Ages of Man (or Woman). The style is up to you: observational stand-up comedy, Pam Ayres-style poem, comic song or theatrical monologue – we’re looking for a variety of approaches - so long as it’s funny!

To kick things off, a team of actors will perform a selection of existing material at the WSC, followed by discussion.

The next stage will be a series of four workshops led by experienced creative writing and directing tutors where we’ll be road-testing your ideas, challenging you to be innovative and bold and exploring what makes for a really funny monologue including daft gags, clever puns, creaky yarns!

There is still room for a few more writers to join the project; anyone interested should contact Hilary Strong on info@bathlaughter to find out more. The workshops will be held at Widcombe Social Club on

Sunday 24 April   3pm – 5pm
Sunday 8 May   3pm – 5pm
Sunday 22 May   3pm – 5pm
Sunday 5 June   3pm – 5pm

all at Widcombe Social Club. Accessible for wheelchair users. 

To find out more, email info@bathlaughter.co.uk

The Bath Institute of Laughter is a Making Theatre Gaining Skills project funded by the Quartet Community Foundation and with support from WSC.