SERIOUS CLOWNING - Interview with Dr David McGavin
A conversation with Dr David McGavin around anthroposophy, medicine
and clowning. Interview published in Autumn 2004 in the anthroposophical
magazine New View.
Dr. David McGavin is a GP at the Blackthorn Medical
Centre in Maidstone, Kent. The Centre specialises in chronic illness
and aims to help patients actively engage with their illness as
a means of selfdevelopment, drawing on the resources of Anthroposophical
medicine as well as conventional therapies. The Centre was joint
winner of the 2001 Prince of Wales's Foundation for Integrated Medicine
Integrated Healthcare Award. Approx. 3200 words
For me, clowning is an everyday reality. What we are dealing
with in clowning is profound. I don’t see it as performance.
It is about how I bring myself into a situation which calls for
me to be there and to help it happen. I am only facilitating something.
You don’t have to call it clowning. I am learning how to
find and draw forth from a situation something which is of a magical
quality because I am in a condition worthy of its reception. This
is why I love my job because I know this quality is always just
round the corner.
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