London Clown School

Enrolment is now open for the regular weekly clown courses from January-March 2020. Early bird prices available until 1st December!

You can also join us  mid-term or to drop in on our current courses.

London Clown School is now in its fifth year offering regular clown training all year round

Monday Clown Course 

Details here

13th Jan - 30th March 2020

 

Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm

Venue: Fourth Monkey, 97-101 Seven Sisters Road, London N7 7QP

Cost: £180

EARLY BIRD PRICE before 1st December - £140

(12 classes) Some drop-in availability on a limited basis £18 per class 

Max. no. of participants: 20

Current course running

23rd Sept - 16th Dec 2019

There are many clown teachers. There are many methods. They do not agree.  Here is a quick way to get an idea of my approach:

Words I use: funny, laughter, do, action, task, object, clown, clowns, clown-like, clown-ish, gag, number, act, exercise, pretend, simple, fake, real, why, feel, emotion, think, human, surprise, impact, intrude, disrupt, contradict, shame, love, audience, script, wrong, stupid, look, friend, plan, experiment, science, attention, drama, dynamics, mechanics, conversation, skill, repertoire, fear, ridiculous, conditioning, cultivate, aware, speak ...

 

Words I don’t use: spontaneous, authentic, sacred, self, inner, mask, truth, the clown, improvisation, play, game, high stakes, universal, difficult, wisdom, transform, art, collaborate, physical, spiritual, problem, status, ensemble, dark, tragic, contemporary, traditional, rule, creative, imagination, fiction, message, personal, mime ...

Devising Clown for Performance 

Details here

16th Jan - 2nd April 2020 

Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm

Venue: Fourth Monkey, 97-101 Seven Sisters Road, London N7 7QP 

Cost: £180 (whole 12-week term); £80 (5 classes); £65 (4 classes); £18 (1 class)

EARLY BIRD PRICE before 1st December 2019 - £140

Max. no. of participants: 20

Current course running

26th Sept - 19th Dec 2019

Payments 

Please send an email to info@jondavison.net and I will send you details of how to pay.

 

Cancellations

 

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.

“Thank you for the brilliant course. It was wonderful in every way – personally challenging without any terror attached, mind opening, fear conquering. I think everyone should do a clown course to better understand themselves and others. And particularly do yours.” (Dr Dea Birkett, Ringmaster and leader of Circus250)

 

“Jon is a brilliant teacher!” (Dani Tonks, Wild Play Lab, London)

 

"Jon is the best teacher I have ever had, and I am a very picky person. He is like the rain that gently falls onto the earth, softly moistens the grass and encourages every plant to grow at their own pace. He never judges people and gives a lot of freedom. He makes scaffolds and you will find yourself making progress and achieving more than you have expected. The way he inspired me definitely boosted my self-confidence and stimulated my creativity. Now I know myself better and I love myself more. Last but not least, all the happiness and silliness you will experience in his clowning course is the medicine for life! We all had so much fun!” (Jingxian Mei, Clown Foundation Course 2018)

 

"You won't know when you start a clown course what you will discover ... with Jon Davison he makes it wholly about your journey, supportive and a true guide. He has specific and helpful ideas, which he clearly communicates, even more, he has a genuine capacity to facilitate your learning. People say he’s a clown teacher genius. I am saying this too, although I have only experienced 8 other clown teachers. I never want to leave the London Clown School … that’s why I am so happy to keep getting it wrong (this is a bad clown joke)!”

(Justine Smith)

 

"If you can make it and were thinking of going, just go. It's amazing." (Caitlin Day - Nottingham Clown Course)

"thank you so much for all the laughs and the experiences so far...it’s a wonderful class and I’m very grateful to you and the group for the sheer joy of it all. Thanks for sharing your superb gifts and teaching” (Mark Denham - London Clown School student)

"This morning’s class in emojis...
😶🤨🤥😭😅 💩" 
(Avril Cummins - Johannesburg teacher of theatre)

“a teacher who never gave up and taught me not to be afraid” (Fiona Keenan, Bristol workshop student)

 

"What a ridiculously funny and informative workshop!" (Nathalie Codsi, Brighton clown student)

"Thanks for such an engaging workshop. I loved how you de-emphasized the individual clown- which has always felt like a difficult way in for me. It was fascinating to see how we arrived at many of the core concepts in clown in a much more intuitive and felt way."

(Rebecca Stevens MA Performance Practice Research, RCSSD)

“The workshop was fantastic, one of the best things I’ve done since I arrived in England … I am definitely laughing much more and much harder since the workshop!” (Dror Latan, Circomedia student)

 

“Great fun and a very good learning experience” (Katherine Steer, Brighton clown student)

  

“I really enjoy your teaching approach... I felt I was eased into the session nicely (as I was a little nervous), but toward the end I felt like we were digging deeper. It was a nice gradient!” (Jenny Haufek, Brighton clown performer and student)

"Some of the most illuminating and enjoyable workshops I've done (and I'm addicted to the things)" (Jonathan Richardson, producer of House of Idiot Comedy Club, and London Clown School student) 

 

"Jon Davison is a great clown teacher" (Lucy Hopkins, freelance physical theatre performer and creator)

 

"I wish I was in London to do this, the man's a genius!!" (Klara Van Wyk, clown student and performer, South Africa)

NEW! Clown Studies Course: History, Theory and Analysis of Clown - 

Details here

Enrolment now open for Clown Studies Course 

15th Jan - 1st April 2020 

Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm

Venue: To Be Confirmed (online option also available)

Cost: £180 (whole term); £80 (5 classes); £65 (4 classes); £18 (1 class)

EARLY BIRD PRICE before 15th December 2019 - £140

Max. no. of participants: 20 attending London venue