18 October – 6th December

Funny Kids- 8 week comedy course for kids.

Local Comedy Super Star, Mandy Nolan offers her years of experience to the byron shires kids.

FUNNY KIDS – an 8 week comedy course for children, held at Ewingsdale Hall and run by Mandy herself. The kids will learn how to come up with and write comedy material, construct jokes, and perform live on stage, They will learn comedy skills and gain essential experience in public speaking and performing live.

A great Christmas present for performance orientated & attention seeking  kids you know 🙂

The course runs 6 weeks 18th Oct – 6 Dec & finishes with a live performance Sunday 10th Dec,

suits ages 8-12

Spaces are limited click here to book

 

 

Workshops

Stand Up for Dementia

Stand up for dementia is a peer reviewed nationally recognised humour therapy program designed by Mandy Nolan for people living in the community with dementia.  The program takes people with dementia through a fun and engaging process and teaches them how to perform comedy over 6 – 8 weekly session working up to an in class performance. Stand Up for Dementia  has been shown to improve sociability communication, general well-being. happiness and memory of people with dementia.

The Stand Up for Dementia program has developed a Facilitator training package that teaches how to deliver the Stand- Up program to people with dementia.

Published study on dementia program in International journal: Dementia

(*Stevens J. 2012  Stand up for dementia: Performance, improvisation and stand up comedy as therapy for people with dementia; a Grounded Theory approach. Dementia 11 (1) 61-73.)

2009

Byron Shire Respite Service – 8 Classes delivered to Byron Respite @ Brunswick Community Centre  2

2010

  • Byron Shire Respite Service – 5 Classes Delivered to Murwillumbah Dementia group with end performance
  • Baptist Community Services NSW & ACT BCS Care Centre, Alstonville
    8 week delivery of program with final performance x 1
  • BDSCA – 8 Classes delivered to Ballina Respite

2011 

  • Baptist Community Services NSW & ACT BCS Care Centre, Alstonville
    8 week delivery of program with final performance x 3
  • Byron Shire Respite Service – 8 Classes Delivered to Grafton Dementia group with end performance, Casino,
  • Department of Health & Ageing/Southern Cross Uni – delivery of 2 day Facilitator training for 20 participants from across Australia

2012

  • Baptist Community Services NSW & ACT BCS Care Centre, Alstonville
    8 week delivery of program with final performance x 1
  • Feros Care – 7 week delivery of program with final performance

2014 

  • SARRAH National Conference Project Presentation with researcher John Stevens

Community Based Projects

With a background in the community sector and in collaborative theatre Mandy Nolan uses her comedy workshops to create a variety of humour based shows that aim to reframe negative stereotypes and empower participants through the act of story telling and performance.

2007

  • The Dreaming Festival – Indigenous Cultural Festival Woodford – Conduct comedy workshop with 10 indigenous men and women for festival comedy performance.
  • Caloundra Community Centre
    Shooting From My Hip ReplacementComedy Workshop and performance by group reframing ageing
  • Rotorua Arts Village New Zealand – Stand up comedy workshop for Maori participants finishing with a final performance

2008

  • Caloundra Community Centre – Facilitate, create and MC Seniors Week Photographic Project ‘Senior Moments’
  • Lismore Council, Byron Shire Council – Seniors Week: Shooting From My Hip Replacement – Comedy Workshop and performance by group reframing ageing

2009

  • Caloundra Community Centre
    Vintage Cheek – choreograph and create Fashion parade for Seniors week (dance & comedy)

2015

  • Byron Breast Cancer Group – 2 hour comedy workshop

 

Corporate Workshops

In her Corporate Workshops Nolan presents the ultimate challenge. Perform your own stand up comedy routine. This has been compared to the intellectual version of a bungey jump, with participants having to overcome their anxieties around public speaking. Along with stand up comedy techniques Nolan also teaches participants how to be better communicators, presenters, and how to reframe daily challenges with humour.

2006 

  • Passion Maps Sydney – Work with Life Coaching organisation to teach creatives stand up – end with final performance X 2

2007 

  • Passion Maps – Auckland New Zealand – work with Life Coaching organisation to teach  creatives stand up

2011

  • Entrepreneurs Organisation – Sydney – 3 hour workshop for Entrepeneurs’ Group at Byron Seminar
  • Kay Barker Accounts – Facilitate comedy Workshop in Sydney at Luna Park with Corporate Leaders

 

Funny in the Head

Funny In the Head is a stand up comedy project for people with Lived Experience of Mental Health. During the workshop process Mandy encourages participants to reframe their daily struggles and to challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions around mental illness that they face on a daily basis. At the end of the workshop participants present their 3-5 minute routines in a comedy show with Nolan as the MC. These shows are always hysterical, moving and powerful!

Stand Up comedy for People with Lived Experience of Mental Health

2009 

  • Queensland Health – Mental Health Week – Facilitate Workshop with final performance For Gold Coast Mental Health Service

2015 

  • Queensland Health – Out of the Box Mental Health Conference, Wide Bay SE Qld – Facilitate workshop with conference performance.
  • Queensland Health – Funny in the Head Project with Workplace theme – facilitate workshop with end performance

 

Stand Up Comedy Classes – Community

Since 1997 Mandy Nolan has taught Stand Up Comedy through Byron Shire’s Community College. Unconvinced she would fill her first class, she has now taught over 1000 people with the course still filling to capacity every term. During the 6 weekly 3 hour classes Nolan teaches students how to find their original world view, how to reframe challenges with comedy and how to turn those niggles and irritations into a killer comedy routine. Every class finishes with a Virgin Sacrifice hosted by Nolan and showcasing new comedians. These have become something of a cult comedy event where Nolan lives, with shows ALWAYS packed to the rafters. Nolan’s comedy teaching success stories include Hannah Gadsby and Ellen Briggs.

1997 – Present Day

  • Byron Adult Community College – Teach 6 week stand up comedy class (3 hours per week) with final graduation stand up performance. At 4 terms each year, with approximately 14 students per class (totally over 1000 students)

 

Funny Kids

If adults can be taught to reframe life’s challenges through comedy then why not kids? Comedy comes naturally to kids and Nolan believes that if you teach kids to be critical thinkers at an early age and to find humour in adversity then you have given them one of the key building blocks for resilience. Nolan delivers weekly classes, teaching the kids basic comedy techniques, focusing on improvisation and coming up with original ideas. This class ends with a live performance hosted by Nolan and featuring young comedians in the spotlight. It’s simply breathtaking.

2008 & 2009

  • Big Joke Comedy Festival – Work with 20 kids 8 – 12 years of age to create comedy performance

2010

  • D’Alliance Festival Currumbin RSL
    Funny Kids stand up comedy performance as Festival Event – 15 kids perform 3minutes stand up comedy each after a weekend workshop (8 – 12 age group)

2011 

  • Waverly Council. Facilitate 3 day workshop with end performance for 8 –12 year olds at Bondi Pavillion

2012

  • Funny Kids Comedy Project  -Byron Community Centre – 10 week private after school  program – workshop with end performance for 8 –12 year olds x 2 deliveries

2013 & 2014 

  • Mullumbimby – 10 week  private after school  program – workshop with end performance for 8 –12 year olds x 2 deliveries

2014 

  • St John’s College Woodlawn – 3 hour comedy Class for YR 9 English Students
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