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ONLINE SOCIAL CLOWNING – Exploring the clown’s take on personal, social and political issues

with Vivian Gladwell and Ali Stockford

9 July 2020  to 10 September 2020
Each Thursday from 18:00 to 19:30 for 10 sessions

The course offers a practical exploration of the clown’s take on personal, social and political issues.

What is the right way for a clown to reflect, comment and play with the issues and problems they perceive in the world? Unlike the buffoon (a close cousin of the clown but with an attitude problem), the clown is forgiven for stumbling accidentally on truth because they are clearly too stupid to know. 

The clown puts the human heart back at the very centre of our lives and of our institutions. In parodying the games of knowledge, power, truth and religion, the clown reveals the light and the shadows of our world and celebrates our humanity.

Course Outline:
Nose to Nose has planned this series of 10 online sessions to run each Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Each session has different themes exploring particular aspects of Social clowning theory. There will be open discussions and practical tasks which will be done in small groups and reviewed in a larger group. The series of 10 sessions is limited to 12 participants.

Each week you will be sent an email containing a session outline and links to the different materials (films, texts etc.) that we will be working with. The course also offers feedback adapted to your level of experience and designed to enable you to progress at your own pace.  

Our hope for these sessions is to empower people to do their own project either through devising a clown performance or applying different aspects of clowning in their work or personal lives. 

Some example of themes:
What’s in the news – Debates – Social issues – A clown’s take on Films – Documentaries – Virtual visits of museum – Fairy tales – personal stories – Working lives interviews

Previous experience of our work is required as these sessions involve in part reflecting on your workshop experience.  

Course dates:

  1. 09 July 2020
  2. 16 July 2020
  3. 23 July 2020
  4. 30 July 2020
  5. 06 August 2020
  6. 13 August 2020
  7. 20 August 2020
  8. 27 August 2020
  9. 03 September 2020
  10. 10 September 2020

Course Fee : £250

Click here to book this course or enquire

The course can be paid in one single payment OR in monthly installments over a 10 month period. This option allows you to pay as much of the fee as you wish from a minimum of 25 GBP for each month.  Please note: the full fee of the course will need to be completed by the end of the 10 month payment period. For installments please book normally and leave a note at the end of the booking process to say you wish to pay in installments. We will then send you the payment link and Paypal will send you an invoice reminder each month until the full amount is paid.

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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 is REFUNDABLE  MORE than 2 months before the start of the course. There is a £20 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. 

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.

The group is limited to 12

Facilitators: Vivian Gladwell and Ali Stockford

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.

Alison Stockford

Alison participated in her first Nose to Nose workshop in 2000 and fell in love with the work. Many workshops later and she is now a trained facilitator with Nose To Nose. She holds this work in high esteem as a perfect grounding for all creative work and the bigger picture of trusting ourselves and life.Alison is a qualified and experienced teacher of 23 years. She teaches and has taught Drama and Performing Arts in mainstream, special and older peoples settings.
Alison is an experienced performer. She has worked in café-théâtre with Les Amuses Gueules in Lille, France, Street Theatre and Theatre in Education with Inside Out Theatre Company, Hastings. Alison speaks both English and French.



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.