Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Salford Symposium: "Transgression, Creativity, and The Comedy Business"


Transgression, Creativity, and The Comedy Business

17th March 2014, 10am-4.15pm
Digital Performance Lab
University of Salford
Media City UK, Salford Quays, M50 2EQ

Comedy often broaches the most fraught issues in our lives and cultures, standards of gender performance, types of sexuality, social, ethnic and cultural difference transgressing boundaries as it seeks to create laughter. Yet comedy has been intrinsically important in the development, influence and impact of radio, film and television and its importance for these media industries and its role in their construction of our cultural landscape are clearly linked.

How do comedic transgression and creativity play their part in the business of comedy?

Presentations by Dr Sharon Lockyer,  (Brunel University), Dr David Huxley and Dr David James (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Dr Sarah Ralph (UEA).

Performances by Ridiculusmus (Conversations about Comedy and NEW show
The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland)

Plus - Salford Comedy Festival, BBC Writers' Room Comedy Workshops, and Salford University Comedy Showcase (18th March)


BOOKING: Please contact Richard Talbot - to book.


Ridiculusmus at Salford University 17th & 18th March


Monday 17th March, 2pm, Digital Performance Lab, University of Salford, Media City,



in association with Sick! Festival, Brighton

Monday 17 March, 7.30pm - 9.15pm
Tuesday 18 March, 3.00pm - 4.45pm

Venue: Robert Powell Theatre, Allerton Building, University of Salford, M6 6PU
Admission: £5 Full / £4 Concessions

“Mediterranean roasted vegetables. Finnish Folk and Margaret Drabble. Adolf Hitler and the knitted cover for a toilet roll. An audience split in two experiencing auditory hallucinations.”

The School of Arts & Media presents the first in a planned trilogy of events from Ridiculusmus Theatre Company, focusing on mental health issues and their treatment. This new work is inspired by a treatment method for psychosis developed by Dr Jaakko Seikkula in Finland, which has virtually eradicated schizophrenia from Western Lapland. It conjures up a comic nightmare of delusion while offering a hopeful world of polyphonic uncertainty, a world where dialogue can transform your life.

The text is syncopated and harmonised throughout with duets on words and phrases, cooking up a dizzying concoction of memory, delusion and reality that culminates in a unified third act of final set between the past and present – the crucial defining moment of the protagonist’s life.

For further information visit:
Twitter: @_ridiculusmus_

or contact Richard Talbot -

Performances funded by Wellcome Trust, Arts Council, Salford Comedy Lab, Salford School of Arts & Media and Performance Research Centre.

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