Fri 12 Apr 2024: 10:00AM
Active Inquiry

The Activist Clown

Venue: The Quaker Meeting House, Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL
Prices: £70 – £150

Join Activist Clown and founder of the Bristol Clown School, Robyn Hambrook for a two day workshop exploring the powerful personal, political and poetic possibilities of clowning.

“We are clowns because what else can one be in such a stupid world” CIRCA 2006

Playing in the spaces between clowning, spectacle, ritual and activism, a chance to explore the clown as shaman and trickster, who heals and critiques through disruption.

Participants will develop skills in rebel clowning; a radical performative and regenerative form that allows participants the chance to explore political, social and environmental issues through parody, humour and play. We also draw on ensemble work, movement & butoh, bouffon and street theatre to enrich our creative expression and embody our rage and grief as well as hope in these dark times.

This is a physical workshop and an embodied practice that includes improvisations, play, flow, meditation, discussion and reflection.

The clown is a powerful tool for resistance. Their power derives in part from the unique place they occupy: a liminal space, on the fringes, a commentator, a rebel, a soothsayer, able to resist social conventions and hold a mirror up to society’s absurd mechanisms. Come and explore the clown’s regenerative and empowering potential.

WHO IS IT FOR?
– Clowns, theatre practitioners, circus and physical performers, dancers, musicians, visual artists, street performers, activists and enthusiasts.
– Anyone interested in exploring new forms of activism or expanding their understanding of clowning as a form of political expression.
– And anyone who wants to use humour and laughter to change the world.

Fri 12 – Sat 13 April 2024, 10am – 5pm
The Quaker Meeting House, Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL

Although no previous experience is required for this workshop, Robyn will be running a two-hour Introduction to Clown workshop on the evening of 11 April 2024 for anyone who would like to brush up on clowning skills before the workshop.

For further information, please contact gavin@activeinquiry.co.uk, call 07714 321629 or visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-activist-clown-tickets-773015248417?aff=oddtdtcreator

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