Comedy Writing Workshop with Jan Etherington

Sat, May 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Workshop: Jan an Award winning comedy writer, broadcaster and journalist is a regular workshop presenter for INK, a Suffolk based theatre company and registered charity, that sources, develops, and produces the best new short plays for stage, and radio, from writers with an East Anglian connection. Her most recent radio play ‘Conversations from a Long Marriage’ was aired on New Year’s Day 2018 with Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam and has been subsequently commissioned as a BBC television series. You will see from her biography below, that this is just one of her many successful radio and TV writing successes. For the Headgate workshop, Jan will tackle the eternal triangle of character, dialogue and plot and explain how to avoid stereotypes. There will be a chance to flex your comedy muscles with scenarios, exercises and collaborations. There will be some listening, lots of talking and hopefully lots of fun!.

Interested? Then contact our Box Office on 01206 366000 or email [email protected] or book on line.

Don’t forget: Book all day parking at St John’s or St Mary’s car park for £1.50 at the same time as you book your workshop place, and think about booking tickets to see the winners of this year’s INK festival playwright competition, which will be performed at The Headgate on 19th and 20th April!

Jan Etherington – a brief biography
With her husband, Gavin Petrie, Jan has written many successful and long running sit coms including:

SECOND THOUGHTS (BBC Radio 4 & LWT) with James Bolam, Lynda Bellingham, Julia Sawalha. The series won the Silver Medal at the New York Festivals, two years running.

NEXT OF KIN with Penelope Keith and William Gaunt ran to three successful series and is still extremely popular world-wide.

THE CHANGE, starring Lynda Bellingham, Chris Ellison and Sylvia Syms – which ran for 3 series .

DUCK PATROL (LWT) starring Richard Wilson

FAITH IN THE FUTURE (LWT) Won a British Comedy Award in 1997 for Best ITV Comedy

THE OTHER MAN – a 6 part romantic comedy (BBC Radio 4)

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT – a stage play 1st performed at the Mill at Sonning

PARADISE CAFÉ – a 13 part, teen comedy drama (BBC)
Jan contributes to a number of BBC Radio 4 sketch shows including sketches for Pam Ayres on the Radio 4 series ‘Ayres on the Air’ . She has also ‘appeared’ on Woman’s Hour and Newsnight. Jan has also had numerous plays performed at the INK festival and most weeks writes for the Daily Express, Daily Telegraph and Suffolk magazine .

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