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VICTORIA PILE MASTERCLASS WITH GRAND SCHEME MEDIA 3rd MAY 2022

On Tuesday 3rd of May at 2pm we are delighted to be running a Grand Scheme Media Zoom Masterclass with the legendary comedy producer/writer Victoria Pile.
Victoria is the double Emmy-winning creator of Smack the Pony and Green Wing, and has been one of Britain’s most respected comedy producers and directors for three decades.
She has also brought us other stand-out comedies Campus (C4) and The Delivery Man (ITV).
Graham Smith will review her career, and she will doubtless have great advice for all aspiring comedy writers. There will be an opportunity to ask Victoria questions at the end of the session.
Please RSVP to comedy5050@comedy5050.com  by Monday 2nd May to secure your place.
This session will be held on zoom and places will be given on a first come, first serve basis. We will let you know by Friday 29th April if you have a place.

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STORYMADE WORKSHOPS

Storymade have partnered with Comedy 50:50 to bring three workshops to women and non-binary North East residents 18+. 
 
These are funded by ACE and form part of an outreach plan to develop relationships with writers and performers interested in exploring comedy. They are running alongside R&D for ‘GOSSIPS’, a stage comedy set in 1700’s Newcastle being developed with support from Live Theatre.
 
Workshop information:
Lauren Pattison in person, Newcastle 19/04/22   2-5pm              
Lauren is a comedian, actor and writer from Newcastle. Her debut Edinburgh show Lady Muck was a sell-out and gained 5* reviews. It has jet-setted this Geordie funny girl to global fringes & festivals… and fortunately back again to run this workshop. Katherine Ryan thinks she’s funny, so do we. Join her for a creative session in ‘finding your funny’ exploring stand-up, especially if you think this is not for me! Suitable for beginners with a hard-wired OMG I can’t believe I’m doing this sense of panic – you will be in good company and safe hands.
‘Heart wrenching and hilarious’- Sunday Times​
‘This is a woman who knows what she is doing when it comes to comedy.’- Funny Women

Alison Carr in person, Newcastle          25/04/2022          2-5pm
Alison is a writer from Newcastle. Alison’s play BIRDIE was a Finalist for The Women’s Prize for Playwriting and her immersive comedy-drama THE LAST QUIZ NIGHT ON EARTH is touring until April 2022. She is: under commission with Stephen Joseph Theatre; one of Silent Uproar’s Troublemakers; and is part of the BBC Writers Group North East Voices. Join her for a workshop in monologue writing and creating characters for comedy-drama.
“*****Brilliant Comedy”  The Reviews Hub, IRIS
“Carr’s ear for natural, funny dialogue distinguishes it from the outset” The Stage, CATERPILLAR.

Caroline Horton online webinar          03/05/2022          5pm
Caroline is a multi award-winning writer/performer. Her work is funny, stupid and profound – often wild – often personal – sometimes political. Come and hear how she weaves comedy into the bigger themes that inform her work. Learn more about the writer/performer craft from this brilliant talent as she talks us through her process for making MESS and current work ALL OF ME. 
“One of the oddest, funniest, saddest pieces of theatre I’ve seen” 
MESS **** The Independent.
“This is a show that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and shakes you, first with laughter, then with dread, then finally with a sense of awe at both the darkness and the light within us all.” 
ALL OF ME ***** The Independent.

 
How to apply:
Places are limited and early application is encouraged. To help ensure they reach the intended audience please drop us an email (max 200 words), telling us where you live, a little about yourself and what you do and why you’d like to take part, or if you prefer a video (max 90 seconds). Please also add if you’re happy to be added to our mailing list.
Please email  hello@storymade.co.uk with the subject ‘Workshop’, followed by the name of the person running the one you’d like to attend. 
(If you’d like to attend more than one, please order your preferences e.g. ‘Workshop-Caroline-Alison’). 
Email by 12/04/2022 for LAUREN, confirmation of place by 16/04/2022
Email by 19/04 2022 for ALISON, confirmation of place by 22/04/2022
Email by 26/04/ 2022 for CAROLINE, confirmation of place by 29/04/2022
 
There will be more regional opportunities to follow with COMEDY 50:50, if these aren’t a fit for you but you’d like to be kept up to date with events, please drop an email requesting to be added to our mailing list with the subject ‘workshops-mailing list’ and also tell us a bit about yourself as above. 
 
Please drop an email to hello@storymade.co.uk if you have questions or access requirements.
 
We are committed to reflecting the diversity of the UK. Striving to play our part in achieving greater diversity in the areas of gender, race, disability, sexuality, socio-economic background, faith and age. 

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THE FEMALE PILOT CLUB NEW PODCAST LAUNCH

The Female Pilot Club Launches Podcast for Women, By Women:
Featuring Georgia Pritchett (Succession), Janice Hallett (The Appeal), Julie Bower (So Awkward)

● Hosted by acclaimed comedy TV writers, “The Female Pilot Club Podcast” launches on Spotify and Apple Podcasts on Wednesday 5th January 2022
● Series 1 guests include Georgia Pritchett (Succession, Veep), Julie Bower (So Awkward, The Evermoor Chronicles), Janice Hallett (The Appeal, The Retreat)
● The performing cast features Robert Webb (Peep Show), Jordan Stephens (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Maddy Rice (Genius), Maggie Ollerenshaw (War Horse), Greg McHugh (Fresh Meat), Tracey-Ann Oberman (Friday Night Dinner), Arabella Weir (2 Doors Down), Kiell Smyth-Bynoe (Ghosts) and many more.


The Female Pilot Club Podcast, hosted by award-winning comedy TV and Radio writer and Female Pilot Club founder Kay Stonham (My Family, Harry Enfield and Chums, Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression, Shaun the Sheep,) with writer Abigail Burdess (Tracey Ullman’s Show, Paddington, That Mitchell & Webb Look) and featuring resident actor Emily Chase,
launches on Spotify and Apple Podcasts on Wednesday 5th January. The club is open!
Stonham and Burdess talk comedy script-writing with women writers–from absolute beginners to Emmy award winners. The podcast features clips with top comedy performers from live Female Pilot Club shows. “The Female Pilot Club exists to amplify brilliant female comedy voices and to help great TV pilot scripts take off and fly!” says Kay Stonham, “And the Female Pilot Club podcast is a chance to grow the club and welcome even more people in–to get a sneaky look behind the scenes of
writing TV comedy.”
Interviews with Female Pilot Clubbers like Succession writer Georgia Pritchett and The Appeal writer Janice Hallett (winner of the Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year) will explore how to write a really funny script, just how much crime does pay, and whether or not you are allowed
four breasts in a writers room. As well as revealing their script-writing secrets, writers will dish the dirt on what it’s really like to be a female writer in the world of comedy.
The Club was founded to address inequality. Female writers continue to face challenges pursuing careers in the film and television industry. The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) revealed in their 2018 Gender Inequality and Screenwriters report that only 17% of comedy films
made in the UK had at least one female writer, and that just 11% of TV sitcoms were predominantly female-written.
Together, Stonham and Burdess boast a collective 40 years in British comedy. Stonham has created series for Radio 4, and her TV credits include Harry Enfield and Chums and My Family (BBC1), and award-winning shows like Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression (BBC1), Shaun the
Sheep, and Millie Inbetween (CBBC). Burdess has written on Tracey Ullman’s Show (BBC1), Paddington (Nickelodeon) and the BAFTA-winning That Mitchell & Webb Look (BBC2). Actor
Emily Chase (founder of Casting Workshops) brings her vast knowledge of comedy actors to the club.
But The Female Pilot Club goes beyond the three founders. “The Club’s bigger than us,” Burdess says, “We wanted to make a meeting place for women creators in comedy. Somewhere women could talk openly about our successes and setbacks and let a little light into the often opaque
processes of getting TV made.”
The Female Pilot Club aims to break down barriers for female writers, interviewing comedy’s best writing talent in order to inform, inspire, and of course, make you laugh. “What’s the collective noun for a group of women writers?” Burdess adds, “A gaggle of writers? A murder of
writers? I know! A bunch of tits! That sounds more like it. It’s basically a bunch of tits talking about jokes.”



The Female Pilot Club Podcast will launch the first of six episodes on Tuesday 5th January, available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Press Contact: femalepilotclub@gmail.com

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NEW! GRAND SCHEME MEDIA HOLLY WALSH WORKSHOP 14th DEC

MASTERCLASS/CASE STUDY  THE OTHER ONE WITH HOLLY WALSH

Holly Walsh is a brilliant stand-up comedian and the writer of some of Britain’s best new comedies. She’s an Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, and has appeared on most of the best-loved comedy panel shows.
Holly co-writes Motherland, and created and writes the BBC’s The Other One with Pippa Brown. 

Date 14th December 2021

Time 6 – 7pm

Please RSVP to comedyfifty@comedyfifty.com to secure your place.

This workshop will be on zoom and last an hour.

These sessions are kindly sponsored by Hat Trick, Angst, Lionsgate, Hartswood & Shiny Button.

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FEMALE PILOT CLUB WINTER SOCIAL DEC 7th

Female Pilot Club Networking Event on Wed 7th Dec from 7pm with ‘What we look for in a script’ chat, and also wine.

The Female Pilot Club is about to relaunch our mission to help great female-written comedy take off and fly!

After being grounded for far too long, our first live show back will be a special one-off as part of the JW3 Jewish Comedy festival in March ‘22 so to celebrate, we’re inviting you for a glass of wine and a chinwag.

Abbie and Kay will talk about what they look for in submissions and how to get your script tuned up and ready for a shot at the JW3 showcase, but if you just want to drink wine and chat, you’ll find like-minded comedy writers, producers and maybe the odd commissioner.

There’ll be some exciting news about the soon to be launched Female Pilot Club Podcast, so come on, chocks away, grab yourself a ticket and join us for the Female Pilot Club Winter Social!

Up, up and away!

Tickets – £15 with wine or soft drink

Time: 7 – pm

Location: JW3 341-351 Finchley Rd, London NW3 6ET

Click here to purchase https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/female-pilot-club-winter-social-tickets-215224491247

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NEW! GRAND SCHEME MEDIA AND COMEDY 50:50 ONLINE SESSIONS ANNOUNCED

We are delighted to announce our latest Grand Scheme Media and Comedy 50:50 online sessions.

Each session will last an hour over zoom with details of time and dates below.  

Please RSVP for each session separately to comedy5050@comedy5050.com. Spaces are limited and and you will only be contacted if you have secured a place in the session.



MASTERCLASS WITH BEX RYCROFT 
Bex Rycroft is one of Britain’s leading TV directors. Having learnt on the job, working in script supervision/continuity on many shows, including The Wrong Mans, Episodes, and Inside No.9, she then took the director’s reins on shows as diverse as Hollyoaks, Malory Towers, Gap Year and So Awkward.

DATE & TIME Thursday 4th Nov @ 7pm 
RSVP by 6pm Thursday 28th Oct and we will confirm your place by Sunday 31st Oct

MASTERCLASS WITH FIONA MCDERMOTT
Fiona McDermott is Channel 4’s Head of Comedy. She joined the channel in 2011, having worked as a series producer at Zeppotron on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, and Would I Lie to You, and then as a Series Producer at Objective Productions. At Channel 4, she has overseen the commissioning and production of numerous award-winning shows, including Catastrophe, Derry Girls, Feel Good, We Are Lady Parts, and Stath Lets Flats.

DATE & TIME  Tuesday 9th Nov @ 2pmRSVP by 6pm Tuesday 2nd Nov and we will confirm your place by Friday 5th Nov

WRITING SKETCH COMEDY TVHow to Start writing sketches for TV and Radio.
Grand Scheme Media will take a look through the recurring characters, the catchphrases, the stand-alone sketches, monologues and two-headers, that make great sketch comedy. 
Graham and Mark will also discuss how to work with comedy performers, in developing their characters for the screen.

DATE & TIME Wednesday 17th Nov @ 2pm
RSVP by 6pm Wednesday 10th Nov and we will confirm your place by Friday 12th 
Nov

WORKING IN A WRITERS’ ROOMWhat is a writers’ room? What is a showrunner? All will be revealed in this session, explaining the processes and demands of working collectively with a group of writers on a pre-existing project, under the guidance of the writers’ boss, the Showrunner.

DATE & TIME Wednesday 24th Nov @ 2pm
RSVP by 6pm Tuesday 16th Nov and and we will confirm your place by Friday 19th Nov

MASTERCLASS/CASE STUDY  THE OTHER ONE WITH HOLLY WALSHHolly Walsh is a brilliant stand-up comedian and the writer of some of Britain’s best new comedies. She’s an Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, and has appeared on most of the best-loved comedy panel shows.
She co-writes Motherland, and created and writes the BBC’s The Other One with Pippa Brown. 

Time & Date TBC, details to follow soon.

These sessions are kindly sponsored by Hat Trick, Angst, Lionsgate, Hartswood & Shiny Button.

More masterclasses to be announced in the next couple of weeks on email, twitter and the website https://comedy5050.com/

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FULWELL 73 SHORT FILM COMPETITION – AUGUST WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Congratulations to our August Winner for the Fulwell x 50:50 Short Film Competition @chlodoh! 

Check out her submission Pretend Freinds below and on the Fulwell Youtube Channel


Keep your submissions coming in to be considered for this month.

We want funny, original films to showcase brilliant female talent. Stories, characters, sketches – we are open to everything. Over the next twelve months one film per month will be selected to feature on Fulwell’s YouTube channel and the winners will be paid £150 (per film).

Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams and must include a female director and/or writer. The content must be original comedy created for the competition and ideally between 1 and 5 minutes in length. Films should be best possible quality, 16:9 (widescreen) format, and have sound. The max file size is 128GB. Entries filmed on phones are acceptable.

Submissions should be sent via We Transfer to 5050@fulwell73.com with a short paragraph about yourself.

The winners will be decided by Fulwell 73.

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FULWELL 73 SHORT FILM COMPETITION – JULY WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Congratulations to our winner for July:


Cake by @Loreleimathias and @Natturton  


Check out their video submission below and on the Fulwell YouTube Channel. Subscribe to be notified when next month’s winner goes live!


Keep your submissions coming in to be considered for this month.

We want funny, original films to showcase brilliant female talent. Stories, characters, sketches – we are open to everything. Over the next twelve months one film per month will be selected to feature on Fulwell’s YouTube channel and the winners will be paid £150 (per film).

Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams and must include a female director and/or writer. The content must be original comedy created for the competition and ideally between 1 and 5 minutes in length. Films should be best possible quality, 16:9 (widescreen) format, and have sound. The max file size is 128GB. Entries filmed on phones are acceptable.

Submissions should be sent via We Transfer to 5050@fulwell73.com with a short paragraph about yourself.

The winners will be decided by Fulwell 73.

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NEW COMEDY AUTHOR OPPORTUNITY WITH THE COMEDY CROWD AND VULPINE PRESS

Hey, Funny Writer!

Have you written the next Three Men in a Boat, Bridget Jones’ Diary, or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? How about Vladimir Putin: Life Coach, The Book of Bunny Suicides or Purple Ronnie’s Little Kama Sutra?

Independent publisher, Vulpine Press, have partnered with Comedy Crowd to discover exciting new comedy novels and humorous non-fiction books for publication.

Vulpine Press distributes internationally through all major retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Waterstones and many independent bookshops and online retailers. Could yours be next?

Phase 1 – Writers are invited to submit a short proposal which synopsises their book, alongside a brief explanation of what makes it different. Please note, we are also accepting submissions from writer-illustrators, provided they are in black and white. Please feel free to attach examples and links to your social media page, if relevant. Submission window open from 19/07/21 – 20/08/21.

Phase 2 – Successful entrants will be asked to provide the first three chapters (or 10,000 words maximum) of their manuscript. In some cases, we may ask to see entire manuscripts, depending on the type of book submitted.

Phase 3 – Following a full read-through, selected authors will be contacted with a view of possible acquisition, editing and publication of their book via Vulpine Press.

Apply now!
Deadline: August 20th

For more information and where to apply click on the link https://thecomedycrowd.com/opportunities/vulpine-press-comedy-author/

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CHEER UP, LOVE IS BACK! 7 – 8pm FB LIVE , 14th JULY


After previously tackling Rejection with Meera Syal, Ben Shephard & Barbara Wiltshire, Isolation with Davina McCall, Rev Richard Coles & Darren Harriott, and Racism with Dane Baptiste, Charlie George, Dana Alexander & Njambi McGrath tomorrow we are taking on Ageism!


Live on FB Comedian & actor Tiff Stevenson will be hosting, with writer Carol Russell and comedians Cally Beaton, Rich Wilson and Lyn Ruth Miller, who started doing stand-up in her 70s.

WEDNESDAY 14th JULY, FB LIVE 7-8pm. Please join us. https://www.facebook.com/cheeruploveorg

Cheer Up, Love is back! We take subjects close to all of us and dissect them with heart and humour. 

Follow this link for more details https://www.facebook.com/cheeruploveorg