Spymonkey Clown Workshop
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Mon 21 – Fri 25 March 2022
10am – 4 pm
Cost £320 (inc of VAT)
Led by Toby Park, joint Artistic Director Spymonkey
Suitable for all levels of experience, from novice to seasoned professional.
To apply please fill out this online booking form here
Bursary places are available for this course. Please find more information here
In the Spymonkey clown week, you will learn to discover what makes you funny, hone your skills and practice making an audience belly laugh! Through clear and specific instruction, you will be supported to develop and hone your comedic skills in a safe and fun environment. This positive group dynamic will allow you focus on following your impulse, being adventurous and taking risks. You will learn how to shine as an individual and improve on every spontaneous opportunity. In this highly enjoyable workshop you will play games, do exercises developing trust and complicity with the group. In this atmosphere of discovery and revelation, you will be developing and showing new material. Be prepared to find the pleasure in your own ridiculousness, stay optimistic, discover your comedy gold, and get ready to laugh until your face hurts.
Technically there are many other engines to make people laugh: status games, parody and improvisation. In Spymonkey’s workshops we will touch on all of them, creating an enjoyable and revealing atmosphere to discover the unique way in which you’re funny.
You will learn how to begin to trust your instinctive and spontaneous self. All the sessions will be about creating a fresh, trusting and highly enjoyable workshop in an atmosphere of revelation to discover you’re funny.
“What an amazing week! Huge, huge thank you to Aitor, Petra and each and everyone of you who took part in the workshop for being so supportive with a non-performer, you made me feel at home from the very beginning, which allowed me to take risks and have fun. Go Spymonkey!” – Andrea Foa journalist, Italy
“Belly-laughter, support, ideas, and real friendships. Definitely returning for future sessions. Highly recommended for those new to clowning, as well as for old hands.” – Vera Chok performer, Malaysia/London
TOBY PARK managing artistic director, performer and co-founder of Spymonkey. Toby has managed Spymonkey from its conception in 1998. Toby’s physical comedy direction for theatre includes Jack Absolute Flies Again and Tartuffe at the National Theatre; The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Mack & Mabel for Chichester Festival Theatre; Fantastic Mr Fox for Nuffield Southampton. Direction includes You’re Not Doing It Wrong If No-one Knows What You Are Doing for Rachel Blackman, Howl for Tom Adams. Co-direction includes Enter the Dragons for A&E Comedy; and The Flop for Hijinx. Opera as co-director, composer and librettist includes Fabulous Backstrom Brothers and Big Bang Siegfried. Composing and musical direction includes Karl’s Kühne Gassenschau, Improbable, Guy Dartnell, Mimbre, Adventures in Moominvalley, The Electric Forest for National Trust. He teaches physical comedy, clown and music workshops around the world, including the National Theatre Connections programme.