Freedom in Failing: Clowning and Comedy (2 day intensive workshop)

Oct 12 2019 11:00 - Oct 13 2019 17:00

Theatre Deli, 2 Finsbury Ave, EC2M 2PA London

Freedom in Failing: Clowning and Comedy (2 day intensive workshop)

12-13 October 2019, 11am- 5pm

This workshop will explore what makes you funny. We are all humorous in different ways. We each have our own unique comedic self. The clown is at its essence you, not a character you play.

As humans beings we are all fallible and it is this imperfection that gives us our humanity. We are conditioned to always be good and hide our mistakes and faults. Conversely the clown finds pleasure in being bad and does not disguise anything, as a result he finds freedom from the normal constraints imposed on us, in our day-to-day lives. By embodying the true idiotic self, with optimism and sensitivity, we can find freedom on stage, opening up the imagination to find a place of infinite possibilities for laughter and play.

We will learn to perform in the moment, responding to and constantly finding games with the audience and fellow performers. Through a series of playful exercises, games and improvisations you will be encouraged to take risks, be impulsive and to find the pleasure to be stupid.

Whether you are or would like to be a stand-up comedian or comedic actor, the skills you will learn on this course will be invaluable. 

On this workshop you will learn:

To follow an impulse

To get out of your head and access the moment

To accept failure and use it to great comic effect

To listen to and be sensitive to an audience

To be light and playful and to find 'the game'

This workshop is suitable for beginners and experienced performers.

"I learn from Dan, he's the real deal'

Philip Burgers, Dr Brown

"Dan creates a beautifully playful and safe environment"
Stephen Sobal, Artistic Director of All In Theatre.

"The workshop was exhilarating and fun. Whether it is clowning or indeed any kind of performance, Dan will help you seek the play and the truth in what you do"
Andrea Spisto, Infinite Experience Arts Company

£100 early bird price if payment received before 22nd September 2019

£120 full price

£100 conc. (unemployed or student) You will need to bring proof on the day.

Dan Lees has studied at Ecole Phillippe Gaulier in Paris and with many other highly respected clown teachers. He has facilitated workshops for The School of Laughter, the Museum of Comedy, Monobox, UCA and Mountview and East 15 Drama Schools. He performs as one half of the critically acclaimed clown duo 'The Establishment' who perform all over the world and this year won an award for Best Comedy at Adelaide fringe. He has performed his award-winning, one man show ‘Brainchild’ in Australia and the Czech Republic and he received a Judges Award for Theatre at the London Mimetic Festival in 2014. He was a Hackney Empire and Amused Mouse New Act Finalist with comedy duo Moonfish Rhumba.  He recently performed in Dr Browns Ensemble at Soho theatre in London, directed by Phillip Burgers. Dan has also toured internationally with Clowns Without Borders UK, a non-profit organisation who perform to children in crisis areas all over the world. He is also a co-founder of the London Clown festival and co-director of Mad Etiquette theatre company.


There is a no refund policy, but you if you need to cancel we can offer you a place on a future course instead.

If you cancel within 48 hours of the course beginning you will not be entitled to a place on a future course.