Devising Clown for Performance


Online Devising Clown for Performance

There are new cycles of classes starting soon.


A new group beginning, which will explore some fundamental ways to create and structure material, both online and off; using specific tasks and exercises which generate ideas and material appropriate for clown performance, and weekly homework tasks.


A continuing group, aimed at those who have already done some previous classes with me (either online or in person) and want to go further in creating your own finished performances; building on your experience and knowledge acquired so far, aiming to create finished pieces for on- and off-line performance.


A continuing performance group, working on performances for public presentation.


A continuing activist group, working on using clowning online and live in real situations of conflict and/or protest

Online clown classes are such a new phenomenon that often people find it hard to imagine what they are like. So here are some clips from exercises in class to give an idea of some of what goes on.

To enrol, please email:


Venue: Online (Zoom)

£80 (12 classes); £60 (8 classes); £10 (1 class)  

Payments in advance are valid for the series

Maximum number of participants per group: 10

Clowning Part 1:

Group A – Mondays

28th Sep-14th Dec 2020

Time: 19.00 – 20.00 (London time) (Berlin 20.00, New York/Montreal 14:00, Vancouver/Los Angeles 11:00)

Group B - Thursdays

1st Oct-17th Dec 2020

Time: 10.00 – 11.00 (London time) (Berlin 11.00, Beijing/Perth 17:00, Tokyo 18:00, Sydney 19:00)

Devising Part 2:


1st Oct-17th Dec 2020

Time: 19.00 – 20.00 (London time) (Berlin 20.00, New York/Montreal 14:00, Vancouver/Los Angeles 11:00)

Performance Groups

Two active groups that have emerged from previous courses are now continuing to research, create and perform.

One group is producing online content and another working on online clown activism

The devising classes online use tasks and exercises I have developed over many years for in-person teaching, adapted to the unpredictable and new world of online learning. This not only generate loads of ideas for you to use, but also teaches the principles behind clown performance and will serve you well in your own creative work.


The classes are aimed at anyone who wants to develop their clown ideas, at whichever stage of development you are at. So do sign up, whether you’re a would-be clown, a clown-in-training, a professional performer, a comedy writer, or just really curious to learn about how clowning gets created.

On clown devising ...


There are countless practical ways of devising material appropriate for your clowning. Awareness of and understanding of these is far preferable to just hoping the clown you ‘found’ will survive the real stage situation. These forms and structures of clown material also derive from simple notions of what clowns actually do.


Something else is required. Other kinds of comic performers habitually spend a lot of time and effort on ‘material’. Stand-up comedians worry over joke structure, sketch comedians search for strong premises for their ideas. Why should clowns be different? Popular misconceptions suppose that clowns just get up there and are funny just by being true to their inner selves. But looking inside yourself won’t really save you.


Personally, I especially love working on material which has flopped miserably when first shared with an audience. There is always a way out and I love finding the key to that door!


Please send an email to and I will send you details of how to pay.




I do not refund payments made (either whole or part payments) but I can offer you the chance to use your payment towards a course or workshop at a later date within one year of the original courser. This can only be done once and must be requested at least 48 hours before the start of a course or workshop. If you cancel within 24 hours or do not turn up without notification then you should pay any outstanding fee.


This policy is to protect the viability of courses, whose costs and numbers of participants need to be confirmed in advance.


I try to keep all prices as low as possible (I haven’t forgotten how difficult it can be to be a student). That’s why there is a single price, with no discounts or concessionary rates.