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THE STORYTELLER AND THE CLOWN – an exploration of the roots of love, fear and longing

THE STORYTELLER AND THE CLOWN – an exploration of the roots of love, fear and longing
Sunday June 05, 2022 - Friday June 10, 2022
Starts 19:30 on first day - Finishes 12:30 on last day


The focus of our exploration will be “loving the world.”
The current climate has filled our lives with many faces of fear but it is important to remember that most of these are of our own making. The birch tree outside my window is still most sovereignly herself, brimming with sap, glittering in her green garments and gloriously unaffected by all my angst to stay alive.  Yes, we have inexcusably damaged this world, robbing it, some say, of half its vitality and yet in spite of this Nature goes on giving.
It is this incomprehensible energy, call it ‘life force,’ call it ‘presence,’ call it ‘love,’ that will be the centre of our work. Bring the stories of what you love about this world, even the things that you hold dear and we will see what deeper magic and merriment the clowns can bring to them.
If some longing goes unmet, don’t be astonished. We call that Life “
Anna Freud
Suggested reading:
Jean Giono – The Man who planted Hope
Pema Chödrön  – When things fall apart
Eckhart Tolle  – A New Earth

You are welcome to join with or without previous experience of storytelling or clowning.

The group is limited to 12

Facilitators: Ashley Ramsden and Vivian Gladwell

Ashley Ramsden

Ashley Ramsden is the founding director of the School of Storytelling, the longest established centre of its kind in the United Kingdom.

He has toured with his remarkable storytelling programmes on all five continents, has appeared at major storytelling festivals in the UK, South Africa, Scandinavia and America.

He is as much at home telling in the Sydney Opera House or alongside the London Symphony Orchestra as he is in your front room. Ashley’s unique methods of teaching voice and the skills of the storyteller have received international acclaim.

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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 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.


Course fee: Tuition only

£410 minus reduction of £40 = £370

Date and times:

The course begins Sunday – 18h15 (with supper)

Ends Friday – after lunch – 14h30

Venue: Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex

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