REPOST Phil Porter – Make them Laugh

This workshop took place on 11 April 2017 

In his capacity as 2017 Bruntwood Prize judge, writer Phil Porter talks about how to make an audience laugh and instil your play with a sense of humour. Phil has two stage comedies opening this year – The Miser in the West End and Vice Versa with the RSC.

Check out the live stream workshop schedule and archive here

Phil Porter was one of the first playwrights to receive the inaugural Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2005 with his play The Cracks in my Skin. He now sits on the judging panel of the 6th edition of the Prize in 2017. Forthcoming productions include The Miser (West End) and Vice Versa (RSC). Previous plays include The Christmas Truce (RSC), The Man With The Hammer (Plymouth Theatre Royal), Blink (Soho Theatre and worldwide), The Cracks In My Skin (Manchester Royal Exchange, Bruntwood award winner), Stealing Sweets & Punching People (Theatre 503 and Off-Broadway), The Flying Machine (Unicorn Theatre) and Smashed Eggs (Pentabus, Children’s Award winner). Adaptations/translations include: A Mad World My Masters (RSC/ETT), The Stonewatcher (National Theatre, Channels Season), The Tempest (RSC), Pericles (RSC) and Pinocchio (Royal Opera House/BBC4).

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7 Nov 2018


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  1. There is no link or reference to the material needed for the workshop as there is on other pages. Where can we find it? Can you add a direct link to it? Thanks

    by carlo zoratti
    6:46 pm, 16 Mar 2020
    1. Oh dear! Sorry this looks like a formatting issue, I’ll retrieve it from YouTube now

      Thanks for pointing it out



      by Chloe Smith
      10:20 am, 17 Mar 2020
    2. Ah, apologies Carlo, I through your message referred to the video workshop itself. I’m afraid that in this instance, which we had permission for the extracts of other people’s work to be shared in the video itself, we did not receive permission to host them as downloadable extracts in perpetuity.

      Now that lots of people are watching these workshops again, I’ll see if I can get new permissions



      by Chloe Smith
      10:28 am, 17 Mar 2020