I'm excited to announce an exciting collaboration with Hilary Ramsden and Jon Davison. It's the Clown Congress; 4 days of workshops, discussions and big ideas as we explore the future of clowning. We'll be back at The Arts Mansion in Ashton Court Estate and once again gathering clowns from across Europe to explore how we re-imagine clowning in these turbulent times. Check out all the information here!
In clown-versation with Barnaby King
Barnaby King asked me to join him for a Clown-versation about my activism and clowning work. It was a relaxed and easy conversation and the hour passed really quickly with still more to say. Barnaby has had about 30 conversations with clowns from all over the world, including Holly Stoppit, Eric Davis, Jeff Johnson, Nola Rae, Jon Davison and Angela Decastro. You can check out his Youtube Channel to find them all archived there.
My latest experiments in Mischief
Read about our latest experiments in the streets of Bristol on the day we went looking for the fascists who never came. Read about our escapades including; chasing police, mass skipping and worshipping a tiny man in my latest blog.
The Activist Clown Weekends coming up in Porto & Potsdam
Two exciting collaborations mean there will The Activist Clown Weekends taking place in Porto, Portugal at the end of April and in Potsdam this August.
Eva Ribeiro from Portugal has been creating and supporting a community of Rebel Clowns in Porto. We met when she attended The Activist Clown Toolkit Co-lab Series and jumped at the chance to go over and work with her clowns on the ground.
Meanwhile over in Potsdam, close to Berlin, Angela Hopkins is running a clown research centre, Remise/Werkstatt für clownforschung. I am delighted to present this workshop to her growing clown clan, activists and the curious in August.
Robyn is a Bristol-based director, teacher and performer. With over 20 years experience she is passionate practitioner of clowning, physical theatre, circus and street arts. She has a MA in Circus Directing, a Diploma of Physical Theatre Practice and trained with a long line of inspiring teachers including Holly Stoppit, Giovanni Fusetti, Jon Davison, Zuma Puma, Deanna Fleysha, Igne Barkauskaite and Maggie Irving.
Robyn has collaborated with companies including Let’s Circus, The Sexual Health Circus and Whispering Wood Folk and performed with acclaimed physical theatre companies including, Derevo, Akhe, Oceanallover, and Gappad as well as her own award-winning company, Fun in the Oven Theatre. During the pandemic in 2020, Robyn set up The Online Clown Academy with Holly Stoppit and developed a series of Zoom Clown Courses.
Robyn’s research, started during her Masters, has been exploring the meeting point of clowning and activism, online, in the real world and with international collaborators. With this drive to explore political edges of her work she has also dived back into the world of the Bouffon; training with Jaime Mears, Eric Davis, Nathaniel Justiniano, Tim Licata, Al Seed and the grand master Bouffon-himself; Philippe Gaulier.