ISTA present...

Stand-up comedy with Natalie Diddams

July 5 - July 6, 2021

Booking Closed

Please note this workshop runs from 8-10am BST (British Summer Time) on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th July 2021. For more detailed time zone information, see the ‘Important information’ section below.

About the workshop

Stand-up comedy with Natalie Diddams

Workshop description
In this workshop, you will be introduced to Natalie Diddams’ unique approach to teaching stand-up. In this approach, the performance remains the same – one person, one mic – but the development comes from a place of fun, support and solidarity.

Learning outcomes
You will learn how to support young people to develop material on their own terms. You will also think about what this performance mode has to offer in terms of developing confidence on stage, tackling difficult issues and getting your students out of their comfort zones.

How will the workshop benefit the teacher in their curriculum delivery?
For many new and experienced theatre teachers it’s challenging to approach an aspect of theatre with students that is unfamiliar. Stand-up comedy, we believe, falls into this category. This intensive will give you the skills and understandings to be able to deliver stand-up comedy units with all of your HS students thus enhancing your HS theatre programme.

Target audience
All HS theatre teachers. With particular relevance for those teaching IGCSE, A level or IB.

About your workshop leader

I am a theatre director and academic based in Manchester. As a director I have a large number of productions under my belt, ranging from large-scale community pieces to one-person shows. I am also the founder of the Women’s Comedy Workshop in Bradford.

I am interested​ ​in​ ​how​ ​art​ ​interacts with​ ​history,​ ​politics,​ ​philosophy​ ​and​ ​religion –​ ​how​ ​it​ ​helps​ ​us​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​who​ ​we are​ ​and​ ​where​ ​we​ ​have​ ​come​ ​from.​ ​As​ ​well​ ​as​ ​all​ ​this,​ ​I think​ ​that​ ​making​ ​theatre​ ​is really​ ​good​ ​fun ​and​ ​I am never​ ​more​ ​happy​ ​than​ ​when​​ ​I’m in​ ​a​ ​rehearsal​ ​room​ ​or​ ​a workshop.

In terms of comedy, I recently completed a PhD on the importance of humour and laughter in the fourth wave feminist movement. I am also the Artistic Director of Radicle Comedy; a company that aims to empower people from marginalised groups through comedy workshops and performances. I teach a course on stand-up at the University of Warwick, and have recently led an international comedy project with women in Pakistan.

Important information

Event coordinator
Helen Abbott

Please note all participants will need to attend parts 1 and 2.

Part 1 Europe and Asia
Monday 5th July 2021
8:00-10:00am – BST (British Summer Time)
9:00-11:00am – CEST (Central European Standard Time)
3:00-5:00pm – SST (Singapore Standard Time)

Part 2 Europe and Asia
Tuesday 6th July 2021
8:00-10:00am – BST (British Summer Time)
9:00-11:00am – CEST (Central European Standard Time)
3:00-5:00pm – SST (Singapore Standard Time)


The cost of this workshop is GBP £50 per person for ISTA members and GBP £55 per person for non members.

What to bring

Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop, such as the workbook. A notebook and pencil are always useful.

Space requirements
If possible, please try to have a small amount of space near to you for any practical work.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Monday 05 July at 08:00
Finishes on Tuesday 06 July at 10:00
(BST - British Summer Time)


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