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Clowning Around: A full day beginner's course

Open Source Arts
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Clowning is a joyful and spontaneous style of performance that begins with where you are. Clowns have only one mission - to connect and play with whatever's around them.

In this full-day introductory workshop, we will loosen up with lots of games to gently tap into the curious, playful state that we already have hidden in each of us, before exploring more deeply the tools and techniques used to keep an audience laughing. These will include: rhythm, acknowledging the audience, and what to do when the ideas stop coming - "the flop". But mainly we will be finding the pleasure of being on stage and sharing it with our friends.

This workshop is open to everyone. Although it's great for performers of any kind wanting to find more presence, flexibility an connection with the audience, it's also a brilliant way to increase general confidence, allow a bit of a release and have a few hours of ridiculously good fun!

Clowning is a brilliant way to connect with a sense of play, spontaneity, lightness and joy that is all too missing in modern life, so whether you have tonnes of experience or absolutely none, you are warmly invited to come and play...

This day will be guided by experienced facilitator, performer and still-learning human being Robbie Foulston. Priding himself on creating a fun, safe and supportive space for participants, he has trained in clowning with Bristol's finest, Holly Stoppit, and in playful theatre with king of comedy John Wright.

Here's some nice things people said about his last workshop at Open Source Arts:

"A very fun class that allowed me to reconnect with my inner desires to play"

"Robbie created an atmosphere of fun, creativity and also safety."

"I felt very comfortable trusting the process and activities, and felt able to witness and explore myself through the session."

Times: The workshop will run 10:30-4:30pm, with an hour (ish) for lunch about 1pm. PLEEASE arrive by 10.15am to get settled in, have a cuppa and so we can start on time.

Food & Drink things: The lovely beings at Open Source Arts have just started up a new café serving fresh, delicious food, and it will be open especially for us for lunch, so you're encouraged to tuck in!

You're also welcome to bring you're own, but it's advised that you do so in the morning, as there's not a lot of shops particularly close by. Snacks welcome, and please bring a a big bottle of water with you to keep hydrated.

Clothing things: Please wear comfortable clothes that you feel able to move around in, I'll trust you to know what that is. This is a good opportunity to break out any outrageous colourful numbers that you've been too scared to wear in public.

Price: £60 full price // £30 bursary. The number of bursary places is limited, so please write directly to robbiefoulston@gmail.com with a VERY brief reason (e.g. low income/unwaged/student etc.) to obtain a bursary code. You don't have to prove yourself, this is just to keep on top of numbers, and the e-mail will be deleted when it has been replied to.

TICKET LINK: https://opensourcearts.co.uk/product/clowning-around-a-full-day-beginners-course/