The hunt is on for youngsters keen to take the comedy plunge – and it’s all part of Chipping Norton’s innovative youth venture, OX7.
As a town of many festivals, we’re looking forward to the first Chipping Norton Comedy Festival in March 2018.
Next year, however, organiser Ken Norman is keen to extend the festivities and fun to include OX7. And this means plenty of opportunities for local youngsters to get involved.
Think everything from helping with the box office to the finer points of lighting and stage management, as well as learning some of the tricks of the trade.
But that’s not all. Ken’s staging three extra comedy gigs as work placements for OX7 youngsters and a fantastic introduction to the world of comedy.
So, whether you want to know how to work a crowd, light the stage or just watch some darned good stand-up – give us a hoy and see how you can get involved.
The healing power of laughter
We know it’s not fun if you’re struggling to get where you want to be.
That’s why OX7 is there – to provide friendly support, personal guidance and career advice to help you tackle those barriers standing in the way of progress.
And we’re keen to lighten the load. That’s where humour comes in. If you haven’t met Ken Norman yet – Chippy’s Commandant of Comedy – you’re in for a treat.
Ken runs Flock Comedy, which started life as the Cotswold Comedy Club.
It’s a comedy club with a difference – dedicated to helping good causes through the medium of laughter. And this is ‘comedy to go’, a club staging pop-up fundraisers at local schools and popular venues dotted around the town and villages.
Ken’s teamed up with Experience Chipping Norton and youth charity Base 33 to support the OX7 youth initiative via the comedy club and Comedy Festival.
It’s one more way we want to help our youngsters not only survive challenging times but actively thrive, prosper and enjoy life to the full.
Join the flock and stand out from the crowd
OX7 is all about finding your place in the community and the workforce.
If you feel a real part of your community, you have a solid foundation to build on – whether that’s embarking on a training course, getting help with mental health issues or working on ways to find a job.
Chippy’s own comedy club is another part of the program, and another way you might build your confidence and find your niche in life.
So, you get valuable experience in relationships, skills and, well, having a laugh.
The Chipping Norton Comedy Festival takes place over the weekend of 2 and 3 March 2018.
It comprises 20 comedy events, including a talk on the psychology of humour, an improvisation workshop and various stand-up shows – with comedy for older people, pre-school children and youngsters.
Ken Norman says: “We are looking for young people to get involved. You can help set up the lights and sound equipment for the festival shows or to work Front of House selling tickets and welcoming the audience to the venue. In return you’ll get to see some great comedy!”
If you are aged 16 to 24 and would like to get involved, send us your details on the form below.