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A MASTERCLASS – Setting your clown free – Laughton Lodge, near Lewes, East Sussex, UK

with Vivian Gladwell

An intensive week for advanced clowns limited to 6 participants. The course will enable each participant to explore in depth less familiar aspects of clowning with the intention of freeing their clown’s playfulness, creativity and risk taking.

This means one-to-one improvisations with feedback for each participant.

Possible areas of exploration are:

  • Rhythm
  • The clown’s relation to role and character
  • Working with paradox and conflict
  • Working with the audience
  • Acting versus not acting
  • Authenticity 
  • Pleasure
  • The Narrative structure
  • Chaos
  • The subversive clown
  • Surrealism and the absurd
  • Tragedy
  • Poetry
  • … and other discoveries

Prerequisites for the course are Clown level 1 and 2. 


Vivian Gladwell 

Vivian 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 theBataclown 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 in 2006 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.

Course fee: £590 – Tuition only

Deposit: £180

Accommodation and meals:

Breakfast/lunch/supper/tea breaks from Sunday supper through to Friday lunch inclusive.

All meals are freshly prepared each day and are organic and vegetarian . Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Please let us know if we need to cater for any specific allergies. Tea, coffee and snacks are also included during tea breaks

You can book your accommodation and meals directly through Nose to Nose.  Please email us nosetonose@gmail.com

Single Room and all meals : £305

Camping and all meals: £260

Camper van and all meals : £260

Date and times:
21 – 26 JULY  2024
The course begins Sunday – 18h15 (with supper)
Ends Friday – after lunch – 14h30

Venue: Laughton Lodge, Lewes, East Sussex, UK

Click here to book this course or enquire

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 is REFUNDABLE  MORE than 2 months before the start of the course. There is a £40 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 nosetonoseoffice@gmail.com
If full email us at nosetonoseoffice@gmail.com 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 nosetonoseoffice@gmail.com 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.