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 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 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.