ONLINE COMEDY SCRIPT-WRITING AND CLOWN – a weekly course of 8 sessions
Wednesday July 15, 2020 - Wednesday September 02, 2020
Starts 14:00 on first day - Finishes 15:30 on last day
with Harry ter Haar and Vivian Gladwell
An online course for script writers or anyone wishing to learn about writing comedy. This course will attempt to explore how clown and clowning improvisations can inform and inspire comedy writers. We will use the insights discovered through clowning improvisations as the starting point for creating scenes, characters and plays.
The course will set up projects each week work with in small Small groups will:
- write their scripts
- find ways of playing these on stage
- use concepts of theme, tone, farce and tragedy to structure their writing
- Other topics – Absurd situations, nonsense, truth, authenticity, rhythm, emotions
NOTE: This course is recommended for anyone wishing to join our upcoming course on Creating your own SOLO performance in 2021.
WHAT WE WILL DO TOGETHER
The course will run on every Wednesday over 8 weeks starting each time at 14:00 – ending 15:30.
Each session will have different themes exploring particular aspects of clowning and script writing. There will be open discussions and practical tasks which will be done in small groups and reviewed in a larger group. The facilitators will also provide feedback and guidance outside of the sessions.
Every session will end with a project to be done in pairs for the following week.
We will also give you links to the different materials (films, texts etc.) for further study and inspiration.
Our hope for this work together will be to playfully offer you inspiration for your own comedy writing and/or clowning projects; and also to empower and encourage you to start writing or co-writing a clown piece, film-script or play.
No previous experience in either script-writing or clowning necessary.
The workshop takes place over 8 weeks beginning on 15th July and ending on 2nd September.
Afternoon 14:00 – 15:30
COURSE FEE: 395 GBP*
*Approximately 50% of the proceeds from this course will be used to support the Emerson Transition Fund.
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Fees are paid online.
We welcome those with or without previous experience of storytelling or clowning.
For more information about our way of teaching clowning and our style of work you can read the website articles.
HARRY TER HAAR
Harry ter Haar studied screenwriting at the New York Film Academy and attended the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. He has written and produced numerous short films, sitcom pilots and plays. His first short film Harry, Henry and the Prostitute stars Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Fearne Cotton. Harry also acts in his work and in 2017 he wrote, produced and acted in three comedy plays on the London fringe, one of which was highly commended at the LOST One Act Festival. His recent short comedy film Boss Kiss, which he wrote and acted in, won best film at the CFK film festival. He has also written and acted in a new short film called Cheating which was adapted from his stage play that was staged at The Bunker Theatre in 2018. In 2019 a series of five short comedy plays Harry wrote were staged at the Jermyn Street Theatre. He is currently writing a comedy feature film and a sitcom pilot.
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 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 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: £395 – Tuition only
Bursaries are available for Equity members – Please enquire
Date and times:
The course begins Sunday – 18h15 (with supper)
Ends Friday – after lunch – 14h30
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Deposits are paid online.
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