Our funniest moments come when we surprise ourselves and we play without inhibition. A comedy performer is free to express themselves without inhibition and has the ability to play with the freedom of a child. Cast off those social inhibitions and open up your funny side by simply by having fun and enjoying yourself.
If we try and think of ideas, we are trapped in what we already know but if we attempt to discover something new as we play, we have the potential to be truly original as we explore.
Through a series of high energy games, exercises and improvisations, this workshop will introduce you to the playful performance and bouffon clown techniques Aqueous Humour have developed over 15 years creating and performing improvised street theatre. We will work as an ensemble, playing with group dynamics as a source for creative material. Much of the focus will be on performance communication and interacting with your audience.
This weekend workshop will be led by our Artist Director, Tom Hogan. Tom is an experienced performer, director and trainer. Over his career he has undertaken training with many of the greats including time at the Philippe Gaulier School in Paris and Spymonkey and has recently gained a Masters Degree in Theatre and Performance from The University of Manchester. Tom has tutored in Interactive Performance, Grotesque Clowning, Alternative Teaching Methods, Inclusive Arts Practice and Street Theatre at The Universities of – Manchester, Salford and Bolton as well as Hope and John Moore’s Universities in Liverpool and run various drama residencies and workshops for a wide range of clients including Contact, M6 Theatre, TIPP, Octagon Theatre, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Burnley Youth Theatre, Salford Youth Service, Bury MBC, Rochdale PCT & Bolton@Home and is presently Director’s Mentor on the RSC/Contact Openstages project. This series of workshops is the first time his workshops have been available direct to the public.
The course is for professional, non-professional and student performers and directors. It is suitable for all levels of clowning experience.