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Retelling an old forgotten story in an original way.

This lesson introduces you to At the time of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, comedians Roy Slavin and H. G. Nelson (John Doyle & Greg Pickhaver) were given the role by Channel 7 to be the ‘official’ commentators for the Games. The episode of Australian Story (14 May 2020) traces the 35 years of…

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Sources of laughter rearranged

Radical Pantomime Courses introduce young writers to creating comic stories for their local communities. They show how comedy is a socially powerful tool for bringing communities together. The images of different audiences watching a comic pantomime testify to the on-going tradition of comic pantomime in English theatre, as we see below in the illustration an…

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Laughter is the best medicine revisited

Introduction The benefits of laughter have been known for some time. Now, in the middle of a pandemic, the message is being constantly relayed through medical information sights that capitalise on the old saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine’. However, as we know with good advice, the nodding reference to good advice is vastly…

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Awakening brain cells

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” Dr Seuss.

Benefits Of Comic Business

Why should we build a community of young comedy writers at this time? That is the question which I believe I can answer through twenty years of researching how writing comedy has been instrumental in the creation of one of the fastest growing industries in the 21st-century, the Creative and Cultural Industries The bottom line…

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The Comedy Business

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” Dr Seuss.

The Gig Economy

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Benefits Of Digitising Historical Archives

How should educators make full use of primary historical sources which are becoming more and more accessible online ? How will these cultural assets impact on the creation of cultural values in a digital age?

Happiness and Renewal

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Getting The Middle School Show On The Road

<span data-lucid-type="application/vnd.lucid.text" data-lucid-content="{"t":"This booklet introduces school leaders and classroom teachers of Years 5 to 9 (aka Middle School) to the connections between theatre entrepreneurship and a creative approach to teaching and learning entrepreneurial and enterprise skills. This white paper sets out the week-long residency in schools which can be viewed as complete in itself or…

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