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Public Engagement with Research

Bright Club Training

An important aspect of Bright Club is to develop researchers' communication and presentation skills, thereby boosting their confidence to engage with varied audiences.  All those interested in performing at Bright Club events are offered the following training sessions:

Stage Presence and Improvisation

A playful two hour workshop exploring stagecraft, presence and improvisation! A real confidence booster, led by experienced theatre workshop facilitator Emma Minihan. Emma is a writer and director, and runs the theatre company Pen & Rose Productions in London.

Attendees are asked to bring a 1-2 minute extract of their stand up, or memorise some song lyrics, and wear comfortable clothing.

Comments and memorable moments:

"Feeling that I could improvise in a way I didn’t expect -> positive feeling."

"Avocado! Very friendly, lots of fun & learning through moving."

"Telling a joke in front of everyone."

"Thank you very much! That was very entertaining.."

"I really enjoyed the session!"

"Wonderful training for any presenter."


Stand-up Comedy and Writing Your Routine

This workshop focuses on performance technique and confidence when delivering stand-up material. Initially games are used to help the attendees build and find their voice; then an analytical session looks at the mechanics of jokes and famous stand-up performers; a final section explores the attendees' initial ideas and jokes, coupled with a writing session.

With Jed Marshall from SUSU Comedy Soc

Comments and memorable moments:

"Covering some staples of comedy."

"So many outstanding moments - loved seeing the mindmap come together."

"More more more - infectious - outstanding. Cannot thank you guys enough - Brilliant!"

"Could be longer! It was excellent."


Communicating Your Research

How can you simply explain years of research in just a few minutes, without getting bogged down in technical details? This interactive session will help you learn how to tell your research story in an “elevator pitch” of just 30 seconds, whilst commanding the audience’s attention.

With Kath Woods-Townsend from LifeLab.

Comments and memorable moments:

"Key points to keep presentation simple."

"Nice to hear someone doing great different thing from my discipline."

"Possibility to speak."

If you are considering performing at Bright Club and are interested in attending these training sessions please email:

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