Theatre Lab: The Art of Play

Clowning with Gerry Flanagan

Thursday 22nd February  2018
6:30 pm  – 8:30 pm


The Clown negotiates the world by playing with it.

A performance that is based on play builds a direct relationship with the audience. When we play we are full of energy, alert and spontaneous. We look for playfulness in others and listen to creative impulses in ourselves. When playing we tend not to judge ourselves. We are fully involved and there is total belief and honesty. The Clown has to be both spontaneous and full of stage presence – so full that the audience doesn’t even notice it!

The study of Clown is a marvellous tool for performers of all persuasions with its focus on simplicity, vulnerability and honesty. In this two hour workshop you’ll experience the basic elements of playing with Clown and developing your own sense of play.

Theatre Lab: A series of five workshops for Artists and Performers. Come along to meet other creatives, network, share and set the world to right. Attend all five workshops for £35 or individual workshop £10.

Gerry Flanagan is Artistic Director of Shifting Sands Theatre founded in 1998 to create and tour stimulating clown theatre that is both comic and moving. Past productions include Faustus – A Devilish Comedy! Boxed In, Romeo & Juliet, Great Expectations, The Deadline, The Seagull and The King Lear! Gerry has performed with many other companies including the David Glass Ensemble and Clown Selvaggio. He has taught Clown and related subjects for over twenty years.

“That wonderful, bewildered clown, Gerry Flanagan” Time Out