Diane Messias is a comedy writer and performer who, as a former BBC Comedy Producer / Director, has worked with many of the best-loved household names in the industry: Alistair McGowan, Rory Bremner, Harry Hill, Ian Hislop, Richard Ingrams, Paul Merton, Richard Wilson, Alan Coren, Willie Rushton, Andrew Sachs, Barry Took…the list goes on.
Director of BBC radio’s hit sitcom One Foot In The Grave, producer and writer of The News Quiz, and regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 programmes such as Woman’s Hour and Home Truths, Diane has extensive experience in BBC and independent broadcasting, in television, film, theatre and print as a writer, performer, script editor, director, producer and broadcaster. Diane has previously toured with her one-woman comedy show, and she is currently writing material for The Caustic Sodas, her new satirical group, along with treatments for a television comedy drama series, and a screenplay.
Diane is also an acclaimed playwright, with her two plays, S.C.U.K. and Readers’ Wives, earning excellent reviews from the public and professionals alike.
She teaches both standup and drama writing (both comedy and straight) at The Actors’ Centre in London’s Covent Garden, standup at the London drama school, ALRA, and is also the standup comedy tutor for the well-known London venue, Up The Creek, in Greenwich. In addition, she is a tutor for Evolution Arts in Brighton in screenwriting, drama writing, sketch writing, standup and satire.
As a writer, Diane is renowned for her stylishly witty and sharp material; as a script consultant / teacher with ScriptWhizz, she is also well-known for being able to hone in instantly on problems, possessing an equally swift ability to offer practical solutions.
Highly experienced in teaching, Diane thoroughly enjoys passing on her knowledge, deriving great pleasure from watching her students develop their own comedic personalities in a fun and highly-supportive environment.
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