Contemporary Clown

Challenging stereotypes

It seems to be no accident that when people think of clowns they often think of red noses and juggling. Some jolly group of circus buffoons falling out of a silly little car.  Or perhaps the Marcel Marceau style clowning, with mime and shadows. Even our more modern TV clowns like Mr Bean ... all tend to be male. Few people will immediately think of a female clown.

However clowning can be an empowering and joyful experience for everybody.

Clowning for change and pleasure

Once we can see the power and possibilities behind clowning, it is a journey to the creation of all kinds of clowns.  The powerful and formidable, the humble and bumbling,  the wise fool, canny trickster, or the gorgeous seductress. Opening up oneself to clowning is an the opportunity to reconnect with our fabulous and playful selves.  It enables a broader sense of the possibilities, and most importantly, it can enable people to regain and understand the power of the clowning.

Opening minds
The skills of clowning can even be used very effectively for political manipulation (just consider Boris Johnson) or Charlie Chaplin.  Humour itself is a powerful tool, and one cannot imagine that our political leaders have forgotten it.

Even in day-to-day activities, the personalities of our top business leaders are enhanced with a little clowning - whether or not they are formally trained or even aware of it.

Maggie's goal, to open clowning to more people, is not just about gaining clowning skills, but it is also about understanding when clowning is being used for more manipulative purposes.  And to that end, providing skills to deal with clowning encounters that will equalise the power, defuse the fire, put a smile on everyone's face or get people thinking.