Sunday September 20, 2020 - Friday October 16, 2020
Starts 18:15 on first day - Finishes 12:30 on last day

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An inspiring, intense and empowering course running for a second time. This 4-week intensive residential course is for anyone interested in exploring clowning either professionally or for personal reasons. Professionally, clowning might lead to performance work or as clown facilitators . The course may also be of interest to anyone wishing to use clowning for more personal reasons such as alongside teacher training (i.e. clowning courses are now recognized as modules for the Bachelor, Masters and International Masters courses at the teacher training centers for Waldorf teachers which means their schools can finance the courses)

This course will take participants from Level 2 to level 5 of the Nose to Nose curriculum including some voice work from David Goldsworthy of Roy Hart Theatre, France.

The prerequisite is to have followed Clown 1 before attending this course.

Course fee – £ 1490


Single room for the duration of the course
with lunches
(breakfast and supper self-catered) – £ 1028

Single room for the duration of the course (no lunches)
All meals self catered – £808

Welcome supper is at 18:15 on Sunday 20 September. We then meet for a welcome session on Sunday 20 from 19:30 to 21:00.

Classes start at 9.00 on Monday 21 August and finish on Friday 16 October after lunch. Classes will be Monday, Tuesday 9:00 – 18.00, Wednesday 9 – 12.30, Thursday 9.00 – 21.00 (with a break in the afternoon), Friday 9.00 – 12:30 with Wednesday afternoons and week-ends free.

Week 1Clown level 2
Week 2 – Clown and voice with David Goldsworthy
Week 3 – Clown 3
Week 4 – Social clowning – working with personal stories and news
An evening improvisation performance is planned for each Thursday. Students will be responsible for hosting and performing these evenings.

The course is limited to 12 participants

Vivian Gladwell with guest co-facilitators
Week 2: David Goldsworthy (Roy Hart)
Week 1, 3 and 4: Ali Stockford (Nose to Nose)

Vivian Gladwell

Vivian close 2Vivian is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the UK and France where he started clowning in 1978. He speaks French and English fluently.
Vivian began teaching in 1988 as part of the Lifeways Festival at Emerson College – UK. He trained as a facilitator with the Bataclown in 1990 and joined their team in 1991 also working as a modern day Court Jester (Clownanalyst).
He created Nose to Nose UK in 1990, Nose to Nose of North America in2006 and Fool View, the Social Clowning group and has trained facilitators in the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy – view history.
He continues his role as ambassador for the work by researching the applications of clowning in the context of teacher training, medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in many countries (South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway…)

He holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.

Alison Stockford

Alison participated in her first Nose to Nose workshop in 2000 and fell in love with the work. She has been facilitating Nose to Nose workshops for five years and holds this work in high esteem as the perfect grounding for all creative work, developing our potential for full self-expression and the bigger picture of trusting ourselves and life.  A member of the Nose to Nose Team, UK, Clown facilitation has also taken her into training work for the Giggle Doctors, Theodora Foundation, UK and for Lis’n Tell Speech and Language practitioners UK.  Alison speaks both English and French.

David Goldsworthy

David Goldsworthy joined ROY HART in 1969 and was director of the Roy Hart Centre in France for many years. The central elements of his teaching is to free the voice through exploration and improvisation.

“I believe that voice teaching is a way of meeting, of exchanging and of mutual learning. In my view there are no good or bad singers! Vocal virtuosity is not the ultimate aim of the work. It is important not only to develop the voice, but also to develop oneself through the voice. In order to evolve vocally and artistically I believe it is necessary to make friends with one’s weaknesses and to integrate the physical and mental disciplines which give freedom to the imagination and to creative expression.”

David Goldsworthy was born in Newcastle 1945. He always loved music (especially jazz and blues, folk singing, rock and roll!), but studied engineering at Manchester University (where he sang and played sax and harmonica in a blues band). He wanted to become a photographer and worked for 2 years in the oil fields of the North Sea and in Libya to earn the necessary money to continue studying. At the same time as he began photography, he met the Roy Hart Theatre, and his life changed radically. He became totally engaged with the RHT, the voice work, theatre, and the life of the group. He has lived for the past 48 years focussing on the development and transmission of the vocal and theatrical work of the RHT in France and abroad.
David worked with Roy Hart, Robert Harvey, Richard Armstrong, Elisabeth Mayer, Marita Gunther, Derek Rossignol
He speaks English and French.
You can find his full CV at: www.diapason.com

Venue: Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex

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To book a course follow the link Click here to book… above. You will see on the form whether there are available places.  Submit the form with your details and we will let you know how to proceed with payment of your deposit. Your deposit of £ 300 is REFUNDABLE  MORE than 2 months before the start of the course. There is a £50 admin fee for refunds.  If the course is cancelled your deposit will be refunded in full.

Deposits are paid  online.

NOTE: Your place can only be confirmed after we have received your deposit. As the fee quoted usually only covers the course fee, please check you know the total cost of the course (course fee + accommodation and meals). 

Once your deposit has been accepted, we will notify you to confirm your place on the course.
You are booked on the course
ONLY when Nose to Nose confirms your place.

If you have questions or problems, email us at mail@nosetonose.info
If full email us at mail@nosetonose.info to go on our waiting list. We’ll let you know when a place becomes available.


Q: Can I talk to someone? A: Yes, just send an email with your phone number to mail@nosetonose.info and we’ll call you as soon as we are free to do so.

Q: Are there still spaces available on the course? A: Just click on the link Click here to book… above. You will see on the form whether there are available places.

Q: Can you put me on the waiting list? A: Sure, just click on the link Click here to enquire and fill the form. We will put you on our waiting list and let you know when a place becomes available.



Level 1

This level grounds clowning in presence and authenticity. It nurtures one’s own unique way of being a clown, through listening and being receptive.
The simplicity and spirit of the work at this level bring many participants back year after year. By connecting to our playful spirit we develop and sustain, in ourselves and each other, the heart to be who we truly are and to trust life and ourselves. This level nurtures the inward process, and is an invitation for overcoming the fears that block us from being fully present in the “Here and Now.”

Level 2

Level 2 shifts the focus towards structure and relationship. The more demanding aspects of this level come from a need to practice a responsiveness to and awareness of your partner on stage, your audience and the images, stories and characters that emerge during improvisation.

At this level, changes are introduced in the way the work is taught in order to bring greater insights into the techniques of improvisation and performance. Also new structures and themes bring greater challenges and rigour within the improvisations.

Level 3

This level III course brings a fresh new way of looking at impros by focusing on the many strategies we use for avoiding mistakes. The course gives a greater focus on theatrical and improvisational techniques and will feel very different from previous levels. For example, impros are repeated to bring actors to work in less familiar and/or comfortable areas.

Level 3 moves the work one step closer to performance.

Towards Performance

This advanced course offers an ideal opportunity to practice improvising in front of a real audience. It includes performances open to the public.

The group focuses on working through the impros again with insights and feedback gained from the previous each performance.

The course introduces the key principles of Social Clowning.

Social clowning

Social clowning borrows its techniques from the traditions of the Court Jester and the Fool.

Our guideline at this level is to free and renew the creative processes within ourselves and to explore how to bring the clown’s playful irreverence at the service of our relationship with others and within institutions.

We practice:

– Mirroring social, symbolic and archetypal references
– reclaiming paradoxes of wisdom and the absurd, light and shadows
– parodying games of power and knowledge
– celebrating the heart

By holding a mirror to life, the clown frees us to laugh at distorted reflections of ourselves and our world.
By putting the human heart back at the centre of life, the clown can reclaim and celebrate its paradoxes.
By juggling with social, symbolic and archetypal references, the clown exposes truths others dare not or cannot speak out.
By parodying the games of knowledge and power, the clown reveals not only the light and the shadows of our world but also affirms and celebrates our humanity.

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