Haha Manchester's workshop

11-15 September 2011


A refresher on the value and elements of Laughter began the workshop in Manchester. A silly walk around Manchester (click here for external pictures)
followed this and enabled learners to find out about the city of Manchester and its history and politics over the years as well as find sources of laughter in that history.

A whole day at the Royal Northern College of Music lead us to discover that there is laughter to be found in musical compositions of all kinds. We also found out that we were capable of making music and using the key forms of laughter as well as a variety of instruments to create new music!  We listened to what we are made in our teams and heard the recordings in the beautiful new studios of the RNCM.

A day with cartoonists taught us more about laughter and some of the techniques the cartoonists use to make people laugh. The importance of cartoons in our lives was brought home to us in our session about cartooning. The universal nature of many cartoons became apparent. Even those of us who were convinced we could not draw discovered that we could make a cartoon!

The base for our workshop when we were not out and about was Trafford
College in Stretford,  Manchester. We could see the Lancashire County Cricket Club from our hotel and the football stands of the Manchester United Football clubs from our classroom base.  We learnt about the multi ethnic nature of Manchester by sampling the cuisine of the Chinese, Indian and fish chips of other locals in the neighbourhoods of Manchester.

We owe experts a BIG THANK YOU.                                                   


Funny Walks in Manchester with Jonathan Schofield

Cartoon Drawing Lessons with Tim Sanders

Jim Medway’s Comic Workshops