Stand Up comedy workshops…….. As part of a Wales-wide arts festival for the over 50s Surreal Welsh comedian Noel James, who was a huge hit with Simon Cowell and co on the TV show Britain’s Got Talent last year, will be leading comedy workshops for the over 50s in the Swansea Valley next month. The sessions, which take place on Wednesday evenings in June/July between 7pm and 9pm, form part of Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn Festival which celebrates creativity in older age. Talking about the workshops, Noel said: “A lot of people would like to try stand-up comedy but lack the courage to go on stage. On this course a safe, constructive, environment will be provided for beginners to test their own material out. Microphone technique; joke writing; timing and all aspects of performance and delivery will be covered.” This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone over 50 who has always wanted to try their hand at comedy but never had the opportunity. The workshops are structured so that the participants can hone their skills before appearing on stage – if they so wish! – and the atmosphere will be a positive one. Last year’s course was a big success, with constructive feedback along the way, and the showcase at the end, before a live audience, showed how latent talent can come to the fore when nurtured. More than one of last year’s students are continuing to develop their comedy, gigging around the welsh comedy scene. Come have a go. No matter however bizarre your ideas may be, I doubt very much they will shock Noel! If you wish to give one of the workshops a try then please call 07903 585227. Be bolder….not older