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Zoom Clown 2
Building Blocks to Clown Devising

This intermediate 5-week course from The Online Clown Academy builds on the Zoom Clown 1 - Clown Play course. Over 4 weekly 2.5 hour sessions we'll introduce you to the building blocks of clown devising. In the 5th week you'll be led through a reflection process to help you articulate your learning and explore how you might want to apply it to future projects.

This course takes place on Zoom in March / April 2021.

“Excellent fun, that will stretch you as a performer & individual. Your imagination & creativity will be set free!” Previous participant

[Please note: there is no public performance element to this course*]

Course Content

You will be led on a whistle-stop tour of clown devising, learning how to craft ensemble and solo skits using objects, emotions and status play. 

After the usual grounding, check in and warm up, you will be given tasks to take into breakout rooms. You’ll discover clown material through a process of improvised play. 

This will be followed by structured feedback from your peers and from Robyn and Holly. We will be exploring the power of positive feedback during the course and equipping you with the skills to support each other in this way. 

In the final week you'll be led through a reflection process to help you articulate your learning and ponder on how you might want to apply it to future performances or simply living a more playful life.

“A gentle and supportive exploration of the everyday and the absurd, where nothing is wrong and all is well.” Previous participant

“Play with other crazy adults. Laugh and discover in a playful way together the ingredients for clown devising.” Previous participant.

* The last two times we ran this course we worked towards a performance for an invited audience. Listening to feedback from previous participants and our own considered experience, we have decided to run it without that element this time, to give space to explore a wider variety of devising approaches and to take the pressure down. Let's see how it works!

Who runs this course?

Zoom Clown 2 – Building Blocks to Clown Devising is brought to you by The Online Clown Academy (previously known as Clown Workouts), which is headed up by professional idiots Robyn Hambrook and Holly Stoppit. Robyn and Holly will be co-facilitating each session, drawing on their vast experience and combined backgrounds in theatre clowning (both), rebel clowning (Robyn) and therapeutic clowning (Holly) to take you on a journey into stupidity and beyond! They ran this course in June and November last year and they're excited to unleash it on a brand new batch of idiots!

Who's it for?

  • This course is open to people who have completed Zoom Clown 1 – Clown Play (previously known as Lockdown Clowning) plus people who have completed Holly Stoppit's Introduction To Clowning Weekend

  • It's for those who want to take their clowning to the next level and understand how to create performance material from play

  • It's for those who want a weekly injection of fun, play, laughter and connection.

When is it?

5 x weekly sessions on Thursday evenings

  • Dates: March 4, 11, 18 & 25 and April 1 2021

  • Times: 7-9.30 pm UK time (GMT)

Venue: Zoom

Age: 18+

Cost: £120 / £100 / £80 for the 5 week block (select the level of payment that best suits your pocket).

How do I apply?

• Fill out the booking form at the bottom of this page. This course is booking on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Once you've completed the booking form, we'll send you payment info. Your place is only secured when we have received your payment.

You can find the facebook event here.

More about The Online Clown Academy

The Online Clown Academy was originally created as a space for clowns of all ages and all stages of their clown evolution to meet, play, connect and share their creative hilarity during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. To read about what we've been up to, see this blog. Find our facebook group here.

More about Holly Stoppit

Holly is a facilitator, performance skills teacher, theatre director and dramatherapist, specialising in live, interactive, improvised and devised performance. Holly grew up in the circus and worked as a clown for over 2 decades before hanging up her red nose to specialise in facilitating the birth of baby clowns and the creation of clown performance. At the heart of all of Holly’s work is a desire to promote creative discovery and connection through play. More about Holly here.

More about Robyn Hambrook

Robyn is a performance artist, director, teacher and producer with over twenty years’ experience. Her passion lies in physical theatre, circus, street arts and rebel clowning. Participation is at the heart of her work, she enjoys involving community & artists in the creative process and creating work that asks the audience to join in, empowering everyone she meets to realise their own creative potential. Check out Robyn's website here.

Completing this course will give you access to our advanced course: Clown 3 – Personal and Political Clown Performance, which is set to take place after Easter in 2021

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04 March 2021 - 01 April 2021

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