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WIRED FUNNY

July 2020

BRINGING LIGHTNESS AND HUMOUR TO CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH COMEDY!

DESIGNED AND LED BY PRAGNA DESAI, WITH FACILITATION BY MADELEINE BROWN

Wired Funny was a week-long project designed to crack the funny bone of young people ages 6 – 10. Through clown, buffoonery, witty jokes, music and comic poems the participants created a piece of theatre built specifically for an online audience.  We began each of the 2 hour morning sessions with a large bundle of ideas to engage the young performers and filtered afterwards into their homes, sparking humour and creativity.  A structured creative follow up activity was assigned after each class to keep kids busy throughout the day, with encouragement to try and work independently of their grown-ups.  Even through the screen, Wired Funny kept kids on their toes with physical theatre games so that they could leave each morning session feeling revitalized and inspired!
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The idea for Wired Funny evolved from worry about what the world has been experiencing, and a desire to build levity and connection among young people. Aspects of this program had been conducted in the past, but never altogether as a whole introduction into the world of comedy, buffoon, and clown, through a screen-based forum. The participants themselves were inspiring, kind, encouraging and demonstrated remarkable concentration and patience with each other. Each day brought increased ease and comfort and, as a result, we developed a wonderful creative connection between us. There was an ongoing dialogue established with the parents, through a series of short informative emails, that kept them in-the-know, while the participants were encouraged to find their own way through the camp. Our final presentation on zoom was made up of a comic theatre one-act, a clown dance-piece, and stand-up comedy attended by a large audience of parents and relatives all hungry for buoyancy and mirth during these strange days. The combination of visual arts, theatre technique, music, dance, and clown provided each child with a spectrum of expressive avenues to explore. In the end, Wired Funny provided invaluable information as to what is possible while in the midst of a global catastrophe, and proof that connection and comedy is crucial to keeping our human spirit alive!

Theatre Direct is proud to be working with Good Roots Consulting and the full report & evaluation of this project will be available in Fall 2020.

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