BUDDING Peter Kays and Diane Morgans are being invited to have a laugh at comedy theatre workshops this half term.

Stage It! sessions, focusing on creating comic theatre and sketch comedy, are being held at the Octagon Theatre during the school holidays.

Wannabe comedians, who want to emulate local comics such as Stu Francis and Victoria Wood, or youngsters interested in getting creative this half term, are welcome to attend the one-day workshops.

They are designed for ages five to seven, eight to 11 and 12 to 18, giving children and young adults the chance to work with professional artists, make friends and develop new skills.

Jennifer Riding, participation manager at the Octagon Theatre, said: “This is a brilliant way for young people to learn new skills, meet new people and to develop themselves creatively and personally.

“Our workshops are open to anyone aged five to 18, and no experience is necessary.

“This February half term we are offering theatre workshops focusing on creating comic theatre and sketch comedy.

“The Octagon Theatre offers a safe and nurturing environment that inspires young people to use the arts to explore their lives and the world around them and empowers them to find their own voice.”

Sessions for five to seven-year-olds will be on Monday, February 17; eight to 11s on Tuesday, February 18, and 12 to 18s on Wednesday, February 19.

Places are limited so people are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information or to book a place, call the Octagon box office on 01204 520661 or visit

The sessions will run from 10am to 4pm and the cost is £10.