Clown Soup will return in 2023
After a fantastic Autumn block of classes with two brilliant guest teachers: Zuma Puma and Igne Barkauskaite we're taking a break for Christmas. BUT we will return in January. Starting from 17 January I have scheduled another block of 6 classes. And once again two clown teachers will guest facilitate. This time Jamie Wood and Dominique Fester. I am so excited. A super cheap early bird rate is available until the 3rd January. Check out all the information here!
More Un-beautiful Adventures Online
Deborah Bard Antoinette and I have scheduled another online Laboratory of the Un-Beautiful workshop for October. We're keen to develop the research and are heading towards a devising weekend in Bristol in November. We're delighted that the format works well online and in the real world and look forward to explore this wild & liberating form with more womxn. Find out more about the workshop 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 a 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, Peta Lily, Giovanni Fusetti, Jon Davison, Zuma Puma and Deanna Fleysha.
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, Bim Mason, Nathaniel Justiniano, Eric Davis, Tim Licata, Al Seed and the grand master Bouffon-himself; Philippe Gaulier. She has also set up the Laboratory of the Un-beautiful; a collaboration with Deborah Antoinette Bard, exploring the bouffon & grotesque with womxn theatre makers.