clown course

We are thrilled to announce our next clown course at Hoopla with one of the world’s most experienced clown teachers, Peta Lily!

Peta teaches Clown at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has also taught at Circus Space (NCCA), The Actor’s Centre, École Philippe Gaulier, Guildford School of Acting, Mountview Theatre School and ArtsEd School of Acting. Peta trained with Jacques Lecoq, Philippe Gaulier and more.

Clowning helps create joyful and playful performers. You’ll be learning to “let go of the normal” and use your body in humour to play physically and create joyful theatre. You’ll also be playing with the audience and letting them guide you to increase the laughter. We’ll be playing with mime, voice, being “in the shit”, playing the flop, the rules of comedy, breaking the rules and more.

Most of all Peta will be sharing her years of experience about Clown and the craft of laughter in a fun and playful way in one of our most fun courses ever!

Only suitable for people with previous improv or acting experience. If you haven’t got previous experience it’s best to do our improv classes first.

dates, time, location

Dates: Every Thursday for 6 weeks from Thursday 13th January 2021. SOLD OUT

Time: 7pm – 9pm.

Price: £175. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £85 followed by the remaining £90 once the course starts.

Teacher: Peta Lily.

Venue: KCBC, Vernon Square, King’s Cross, London, WC1X 9EW.

Tube: King’s Cross.

Ages: 18+

 

Only suitable for people with previous improv or acting experience. If you haven’t got previous experience it’s best to do our improv classes first.

teacher Peta Lily

This award-winning performer/theater maker is well-known for her solo career with well-reviewed shows including Wendy Darling, Beg, Topless, Midriff, Invocation and Chastity Belt. She has toured the UK, Europe, Mexico, Indonesia, Argentina, Chile, Hong Kong, Australia and Brazil.

She trained with Jacques Lecoq, Philippe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux, Theatre du Mouvement, Yoshi Oida, Carlo Boso (Commedia dell ‘Arte), Sankai Juku and Natsu Nakajima (Butoh Dance), and Mike Alfreds (Theatre Direction).

She teaches theatre courses including: Take It Further, Comedy Toolbox; Clown & Dark Clown.

Lily teaches at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and London College of Fashion (Costume Design for Performance MA). She has also taught at Circus Space (NCCA), The Actor’s Centre, École Philippe Gaulier, Guildford School of Acting, Mountview Theatre School and ArtsEd School of Acting, London. She serves as Auditions Chair at RCSSD.

As a director, recent works include Je Regrette for Sarah-Louise Young (won The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2016), Two Tongue Theatre’s Boys’ Club, Fiona Coffey’s A Touch of Mrs Robinson. Lily recently directed and devised The Death of Fun for MimeLab Hong Kong.

This course is Red Nose Clown, however Peta is also known for her development of the genre of Dark Clown cited in Jon Davison’s Clown – Readings in Theatre Practice – Palgrave MacMillan 2013. A documentary: Taking Laughter to the Limits is about to be released. She was Dark Clown consultant for Acrojou’s Wake and also for Jammy Voo’s Birdhouse.

topics

Peta will be teaching the following about Clown and the craft of laughter:

  • Entering into the clown state.
  • Stamina for staying in the clown state.
  • Letting go of the “normal”.
  • Releasing into physical play.
  • Physical theatre skills.
  • Mime.
  • How to create humour with the body.
  • Rhythm in performance.
  • Playing with voice.
  • Interacting playfully.
  • Playing with each other, “le jeu”.
  • Buoyant energy, “elan”.
  • Being “in the shit”.
  • Embracing the joy of failure.
  • Playing the flop moment.
  • Rules of comedy and breaking of the rules.
  • The rule of 3.
  • Repetition in comedy.
  • Engaging warmly with the audience.
  • Fun strategies for working with the audience.
  • Sharing humanity with the audience.
  • Following and increasing the laughter from the audience.
  • Dissolving the fourth wall between performers and audience.

Most of all it’s going to be loads of fun and lots of laughter every week!

faqs

All legal restrictions on classes ended on 19th July 2021 but we do have some covid measures still in place to keep things safe while having fun.

We also offer full flexibility on bookings to give you peace of mind when planning ahead.

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