On 15 January 2022, the Cop Clowns (created at the Trickster Lab at COP26) joined a national day of action against the Government's new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
The bill is a huge piece of legislation that includes major government proposals on crime and justice in England and Wales. One part of the bill covers changes to protests and how they are policed and the amendments are a danger to our freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest as demonstrators could face harsh penalties.
The Cop Clowns joined protesters in College Green - playing in the liminal space as both protester & police, using ludicrous choreographies and interactions to comment on the absurd & dangerous power of the police.
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.