Why so serious? Contemporary Clowning Workshop with Maggie Irving
  • Room 307, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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This one-day clowning workshop aims to cultivate and explore a range of clown signifiers; the light and shade of clown humour; positive interaction and thinking outside the box, for a range of performance contexts and social arenas.

Participants will experiment with play, incongruity, emotion and laughter. The session is a safe setting for people to let go of their socialised selves and start to see the world through a different perspective - a space and place where saying “yes” is an invitation for adventure, creativity and discovery. It is an opportunity for ridiculousness, to act the fool (on your terms), transgress and use failure as a springboard for new ventures and for re-evaluating dilemmas. 

Life can get a tad serious and being able to clown in the moment wherever and whenever is a valuable skill. The workshop provides an insight into how people can re-think their behaviours and become more imaginative, creative and humorous within performance, business and everyday living.

Stepping outside social boundaries that keep us locked into ‘normality’ and feeling at ease, open and playful in front of others is a clown’s forte and it is a skill worth learning and practising.

The workshop is open to all with a recommended age of 18 or over. Please note that numbers are limited to attend and booking is essential.

Email Maggie Irving (drmaggieirving@yahoo.com) for further information.

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About Maggie Irving

Maggie is a trained clown, director, teacher and performance artist. She has taught clowning to actors, students, business people and is keen to introduce this art form to both performers and non-actors. Her own work has taken her to various venues including the Tate Modern, the Edinburgh Festival and Manchester Art Gallery. She completed an AHRC-funded PhD at Plymouth University in 2013 where she studied and researched clowning for women.

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