The judges and winners of Loving Laughing 2018

Hazel Community Primary School pupils. Credit: DMULocal

Loving Laughing

Loving Laughing is an annual showcase of the comedic talents of primary school children from across Leicester and Leicestershire! We work with young people to teach them the basics of joke telling and comedy performance before participants take to the stage for a big finale at the end of the week when we crown one school the “funniest school in Leicestershire”.

The schools participating in the 2018 competition were:

  • Hazel Community Primary School (Winner)
  • Mayflower Primary School
  • Kestrel Fields Primary School
  • Shaftesbury Junior School
  • Holy Cross Primary School

Our Facilitators

Leading the project are two experienced facilitators; writers, performance artists and comedians:

Rob Gee

Rob leads workshops in performance poetry, comedy, improvisation, performance skills and creative writing.  Over the years Rob has helped people of all ages create scripts, slam poetry, comedy songs and sketches, movies, raps, magazines and comic strips for a variety of specific purposes.

Rob’s workshops have an emphasis on literacy, teamwork and self-esteem. They can be tailored for any age or ability range and adjusted to incorporate any particular theme or area of the curriculum.

Elaine Pantling

Elaine has formed a one-woman theatre company ‘LaurieLorry’ which takes ‘everydayness’ and transforms it into a profound and extraordinary performed situation. The aim of Laurielorry is to explore the comedic possibilities in performance to expose humour and pathos that not only enlightens and entertains but communicates directly with the audience. She has devised, written and performed seven professional shows and has built up a following in the East Midlands Region.

Aviva Community Fund award

We’ve been nominated for an Aviva Community Fund award to enable us deliver more Loving Laughing projects during the rest of the year. This is an amazing opportunity for us to keep spreading the joy of laughter throughout schools in Leicestershire. You can vote for us by visiting the Aviva website.