The Political Clown Co-Lab Series
A 5-week course, with a limited number of drop-in places
The Online Clown Academy welcomes you to a playful investigation into how to use clowning for political activism, through a series of masterclasses with expert clowns & activists on the ground.
Throughout the five week course, through discussion, play and reflection, we’ll be exploring a big bunch of questions including:
Robyn Hambrook is an activist and a clown. Over the past two years Robyn has been exploring the meeting point of her two passions through her Masters Research ‘Circus Acts of Resistance’, in Extinction Rebellion protests, and on the streets with the Bristol Rebel Clowns. Robyn has enlisted the help of four expert international practitioners to help us with our inquiry:
Who is it for?
Clowns, theatre practitioners, circus and physical performers, dancers, musicians, visual artists, street performers and political 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.
How it works
There are 12 spaces on the 5-week co-lab journey
There are also limited spaces to sign up for individual sessions
Dates & times:
Tuesdays 7-9pm (UK-time)
This is an online course, held on Zoom
5 WEEK COURSE
£150 standard / £125 low income / £100 no income (plus booking fee)
£40 standard / £30 low income / £20 no income (plus booking fee)
A limited number of spaces still available. Book via Brown Paper.
2 February - Jay Jordan
9 February - Nathaniel Justiniano
16 February - Hilary Ramsden
23 February - Sabine Choucair
About the co-facilitatiors
Labelled a 'Domestic Extremist' by the UK police, and 'a magician of rebellion' by the French press, Jay Jordan is the co-founder of the creative direct action movements the ‘Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army’ and ‘Reclaim the Streets’ and now works with the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, a collective that merges art, activism and permaculture. They have 25 years experience using creative forms of rebellion to address climate justice and they love betwixt and between spaces of all sorts, especially where creativity and resistance, culture and nature, the masculine and feminine entangle. www.labo.zone @labofii
Theatre-maker, educator, community advocate, and founding Artistic Director of Naked Empire Bouffon Company. Based in Boston, Nathaniel uses performance to subvert apathy. His company, devises and tours across North America with outrageous physical comedies that satirise society’s worst dysfunctions.
Hilary is a clown, researcher and lecturer in physical and visual theatre, street arts, rebel clown and a Dr. of Walking. She was a member of internationally acclaimed lesbian-feminist Siren Theatre Company and later co-artistic director of Walk & Squawk for 14 years in Michigan, USA. She was a co-founder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army (C.I.R.C.A), wearing red noses for revolution.
Sabine is a Lebanese humanitarian clown, storyteller and performer. With qualifications in performing arts from London and social therapy from New York, she has been working with different communities around the world, finding real stories and transposing them on stage or in film. Sabine co-founded Clown Me In in Lebanon and Mexico, a group using the art of clowning to fight social injustice.