How do you make a show from scratch? This workshop is designed to understand the process from early conception through to production.
In this workshop we open up our creative toolbox and show you how to create material from the smallest seed of an idea, how our greatest ideas are right under our noses (if only we knew how to look), how to build a number or scene and how to keep the work fresh both in rehearsal and in performance. We look at the context of the spaces we are creating for – large and small theatre spaces, cabaret, variety, street theatre, circus. We investigate the fundamentals – use of costume, props, lighting and sound. And we explore more advanced concepts – writing tools, devising games, character, group dynamics, status, narrative, dramatic structure, musicality and physicality.
“I’ve done three Spymonkey workshops…I’m always banging on about Spymonkey. Whatever, I think they’re totally inspiring.” – LUCY HOPKINS creator of LE FOULARD, winner Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre and Best Performer Awards, Prague Fringe Creative Award.
Arrival: between 3 PM and 6 PM on Monday
Departure: before 10 AM on Sunday
For full details of how to book, please visit the organiser’s website: http://www.celebrationbarn.com/event/spymonkeys-creating-clown-material-2019/
Bouffon: Dare to Mock
with Aitor Basauri
July 8 – July 13
A love for the grotesque, the forbidden, bad taste, irony, parody, and all things deformed— these are the toys and tools of the bouffon – the outcast who lives to provoke the audience without losing the love of the audience.
In this rich theatrical world, the character lives to provoke the audience without losing their love. The stakes so high that if they lose the love of the audience, the bouffon will get KILLED.
In this workshop we will play games and exercises that will help every performer to find that place where their personal Bouffon is – a place of risk, a place of danger, a place of daring. In contrast to the Clown, the key to the Bouffon is discovering the intelligence of the performer in parodying, their cleverness in simultaneously daring to mock and provoke the audience, whilst staying alive, a balancing act which requires supreme sensitivity.
Register by May 1st and receive a $50 discount. A 10% discount is also available to individuals registering for more than one workshop or for group registrations from the same immediate family or performing ensemble. See the registration form for details.
NOTE: There are no earlybird, ensemble, or group discounts for retreats.
Aitor Basauri is an internationally recognized teacher of clown and physical comedy. Amongst the numerous directing credits to his name, he is most recently co-writer and director of the renowned bouffon Red Bastard’s latest show Lie With Me.
Horrible! Despicable. Self Indulgent. But enough about me… Aitor Basauri is a fantastic director. He injected humor, depth and theatricality to my work as a bouffon. Highly recommended. But don’t tell him I said that.-Eric Davis (Red Bastard)
Norway Clown Camp returns in 2019!
6 day comedy workshop led by SpyMonkey’s Aitor Basauri and Toby Park!
Set in the beautiful nature on an Island outside of Oslo, this is a workshop to discover freedom in failure and vulnerability on stage. We will develop sensitivity to the audience through games and exercises.
We will learn to follow our own quirky impulses and stop ‘thinking’ too hard. From this we will develop material for the stage.Suitable for actors, standup comedians, improvisers and public speakers. Minumum aged 18+.
Previous participants include multi-award winning comedians and actors, musicians, theatre technicians, an opera singer and a bus-driver! This workshop is for anyone who wants to surprise themselves, and see what they thought they couldn’t do!
Below is the facebook event link, we often put offers out for our followers on social media https://www.facebook.com/events/456041034800622/
Arrival: Saturday 27th July in the afternoon.
Workshop starts: Evening of Saturday 27th July.
Workshop ends: Evening of Friday 2nd August.
Participants leave on Saturday 3rd August after a night of celebration!
Workshop comprises of 6+ hours of workshops per day.
Price of workshop includes accommodation, food and additional activities.
6 full days of workshops (excluding introduction on Saturday 27th July).
Price of Workshop:- 6900 NOK
For more details of how to book, please visit the Norway Clown Camp website