An Evening of Comedy @ The Makerspace!

The Bognor Institute of Laughter presents an evening of comedy featuring some of the best local and South Coast comics!

Featuring up and coming comedians from Bognor and the area, including members of the newly revived Bognor Institute of Laughter. Supported by Comic Relief, tickets are just £10.

Coming to the Bognor Makerspace this July, Wednesday 10th. Open bar and refreshments will be available. Doors open at 6.15 pm, curtains up at 7:30pm

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New theatre production skills courses

Our new set of courses are coming soon – starting this June.

The two weekly classes will be led by experienced arts practitioners, and will offer the unique opportunity to gain advanced practical skills and enjoy working as a group on creative projects.

Open to anyone, regardless of previous experience or qualifications, the courses will be perfect for people wishing to explore and develop their creative and technical skills. The courses will include:

  • Lighting, Sound and Visual Effects
  • Scenic Design and Construction

Lighting, Sound and Visual Effects

Learn the basis of lighting and sound design, rigging and operation. You’ll be given the opportunity to shoot video, create animation and use green screens.

Scenic Art and Construction

Learn the basics of scenery construction and scenic painting and design. You’ll be given the chance to create your own scene using different techniques and materials.

Each course will run for 8 weeks and classes will be scheduled on Mondays or Tuesdays, lasting two and a half hours. Numbers are limited so to apply, please email

Lighting, Sound & Visual Effects Teaching Assistant

Making Theatre Gaining Skills is a social enterprise established in 2013 that provides unique training courses in the Coastal West Sussex area. We work with long-term unemployed people who are affected by mental health issues, learning difficulties and other disabilities.

MTGS has been in residence at the Bognor Makerspace since October 2020. We currently run a range of courses and projects utilizing a learning room, large fabric and craft classroom, training kitchen and a carpentry workshop. The Bognor Makerspace is a large warehouse which is being steadily developed as a community resource, offering space for a range of creative activities.

New Creative Classes for Adults

We are currently developing a programme of weekly classes for adults aged 19+ that is funded by West Sussex County Council. The focus is on puppetry and production skills with the opportunity for people to learn new skills in design, construction and operation over an eight week term.

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Bognor Institute of Laughter, hiring! ?

We’re currently reviving the Bognor Institute of Laughter thanks to funding from Comic Relief and are currently seeking a workshop leader.

The Institute of Laughter project gives its members a voice and supports new social connections while developing a range of creative skills.  We work to create comedy from stand up to sketch comedy as well as giving new and established comedians a platform. If you’d like to get involved, check out our website.

About the Workshop Leader role

This is a part-time, temporary contract to run for 12 months from the beginning of June. It may be extended, subject to future funding. We are looking for someone with ideas and enthusiasm who will support the enterprise in the following ways:

  • Lead fortnightly practical workshops to enable members of the Institute to develop and improve their skills.
  • Contribute to the programming of the public events by selecting and rehearsing items created by members, and hiring external comics.
  • Working in partnership with the Project Manager, encourage participants to get involved in the marketing/communication process and support the development of the Steering Group.
  • Help organise events, open-mic sessions and performances.

An interest in all things comedy (stand-up, sketches, songs, visual comedy) and a background in applied theatre, performance art or related areas, is important.


£30 per session for a 90 minute workshop, twice a month. Additional hours may be required in the run-up to public events.

To apply, send your CV with a covering letter that includes brief answers to these questions:
Why are you interested in this post?
What can you bring to the role?
What do you find funny?

Email to: Hilary Strong (Director),

A full job description can be downloaded below.

New courses starting soon! ?

New courses are starting soon at our home in the Bognor Makerspace, including carpentry, cooking, diy and more. Interested in learning cooking skills from an experienced chef, or in sewing or upcycling clothes that no longer fit? Then these courses might be perfect for you!

Funded by Multiply, these courses are free for adults and integrate basic numeracy skills and may allow you to benefit from follow-on maths tuition or further study and volunteering opportunities.

To find out more and book a space, please visit the Bognor Makerspace website.

Puppetry Skills Workshop ?️

Monday 21st – Friday 25th November 10am – 4pm
The Bognor Makerspace, 58-60 Longford Road, Bognor Regis PO21 1AG

Adults currently not working can apply to join a free creative skills course taking place in Bognor Regis in November. Led by professional theatre and puppetry practitioners, this friendly training programme offers unique hands-on experience of a range of practical but transferable skills that can improve your employment prospects and boost your confidence.

Over the course of the week, the team will work together on the making of a short animated film using team-work, problem-solving and creative skills. They will make the puppets and background, learn how to storyboard and create sound effects. Participants will also benefit from on-going support in their search for employment and achieve a useful Health and Safety qualification. The edited film will be uploaded to the MTGS YouTube channel.

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Arts & Craft Course September 2021 ?

If you’re a young person aged around 18 – 24 receiving certain benefits you can apply to join our technical and craft work experience programme taking place in Bognor Regis next month.

Led by professional theatre technicians, this intensive but friendly training course offers unique hands-on experience of a range of practical but transferable skills that can improve your employment prospects and boost your confidence.

The course is free of charge but only available to benefit claimants (Universal Credit, ESA, IncomeSupport, JSA).

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Grumpy Goldilocks: Jack’s Blog

“My name is Jack and I participated in the Grumpy Goldilocks production at Making Theatre Gaining Skills. It was a three weeklong course where we built and put on a children’s puppet show from scratch. The first day was probably the scariest, mostly being in a room with new people. However, I quickly felt at ease seeing everyone else was in the same boat.”

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Grumpy Goldilocks: Week 1 ?

Our newest course started last week and the team has been hard at work with our latest group of participants – doing all sorts of creative woodwork, painting, and costume design in preparation for our upcoming play – Grumpy Goldilocks and the Three Friendly Bears.

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Join our Festival Training Course!

Benefit claimants aged 16 – 24 (ESA or Universal Credit) can apply to join a festival work experience programme taking place in our new Makerspace in May. Led by professional theatre technicians, this busy but friendly training programme offers unique hands-on experience of a range of practical but transferable skills that can improve your employment prospects and boost your confidence. 

The course is free of charge but only available to young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit.

This 7 day course (running 28th May – 4th June) is aimed to provide participants with practical work experience of running a festival. Linked to the upcoming Bognor Puppet Festival, the group will gain skills in backstage crewing, front-of-house operation, stewarding, health and safety and café operation.

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