Comedy: Performance and Production at Winchester offers a highly practical, dynamic and exciting programme which has its fingertips on the pulse of today’s comedy. The programme explores the exciting variety of comedy forms – from Shakespeare to stand-up, from clowning to comedy writing, and includes studying the history and theory of comedy. You focus on both group and solo comedy and study a broad range of comedy genres. To help you reach your goals, we have state-of-the-art studio, rehearsal and performance spaces and visiting professionals give practical workshops and talks. Techniques and strategies are developed for a range of comedy practice including solo and ensemble performances, stand-up, improvisation, clowning and physical comedy. You work in groups to create original comedy performances and sketches, and develop your own characters within them. The performance or recording and editing of work for audiences constitute the practical elements of the course. In the first academic year, you are introduced to a full range of practical performance skills and knowledge of the history and context of comedy. You spend more than half your time creating group and solo performances, and the rest of the time discussing and writing about comedy from an analytical and historical perspective. In the second academic year, you study a number of different critical and reflective methodologies in viewing, analysing and creating comedy. You create a stand-up performance and experiment with a range of popular forms of comedy – for example, variety, clowning, commedia dell’arte and circus. You can choose from a range of optional modules designed to encourage you to develop and pursue your own interests within the broad field of comedy. The final part of the undergraduate degree entails the Extended Independent Study which you can present as a performance, a dissertation of 8,000-10,000 words, or a shorter dissertation with a practical performance.