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"I believe in the vital role of clowns as truth tellers, entertainers, subversives and communicators in the arts, in society and across the world."

- Angela de Castro, founder of CCP


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January Workshops

Angela de Castro will be running two workshops in January as part of the London International Mime Festival. Please click on a course title below for more information.

- How to Be a Stupid

**Back by popular demand**

5th - 16th January 2014 | 9am - 4pm | £650
venue: to be confirmed
London, England, UK

World-renowned Angela de Castro, one of the most loved female clowns, is bringing to London her unique full-time, full-on 10 days workshop exploring the state of clowning and clown persona development. It'll be an intense, inspiring, challenging and transformatory journey, with laughs and play along the way. This workshop is a rare opportunity to work discover the secrets of the clown in a supportive environment.

For beginners and those who just want an experience of personal development, the course will take you on a transformatory journey of discovery. For those who are already clowns, this process will help you find truthfulness and depth in your clowning, encompassing the tragic as much as the comic. For actors and other performers and artists, this process will help make your performing more real, more individual and more joyful.

Come prepared for challenges and change. Changes on your approach on your work and your life, as the state of clowning/ imagination is the starting point for the creative process in any field and for the development of your creative intelligence. This workshop is demanding, intense, inspiring and emotional, with lots to discover for beginners in clowning and reassurance for those who are already clowning and need a burst of energy an inspiration to take their work further.

Angela de Castro's methodology has been well recognised in the UK and abroad, awarding her NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship, an Arts Foundation Fellowship and an International Fellowship by Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama for her contribution on research, performing, teaching and promotion of the art of clowning.

"I expected it to be very difficult. The truth was that the clown state was difficult for everyone, actors included. The emotions they convey are yours and they're about you, no one else. You have to be brave to do that. The clown state is also incredibly fragile: you come out of it very easily. De Castro explained that she had discovered a few years ago that teaching was as much part of her mission as being a clown. We never once doubted how serious she was about this. She only showed a technique to help us understand, never as an opportunity to show off. But boy is she talented! I don't think I have the ability to turn the clown state into a performance per se. Who knows... meanwhile I can see that the single most important factor behind my sweetest moments so far is flashes of courage. Let's have more!" Jamie Pristley, workshop participant

This is a very popular workshop.
Angela de Castro works only with a small group of participants.
Early booking is highly recommended.
For more information and an application form, please email: whynotinstitute@aol.com

- How to Be Even More a Stupid

**Advanced exercises for experienced clowns**

19 to 23 January 2015 | 9am - 4pm | £350
Venue: to be confirmed
London, England, UK

Devised by Angela de Castro this 5 days' workshop is to offer the opportunity to experienced clowns to practice in a high-level platform and to be able to play with performers of similar level.

As any other art form, clowning also requires a constant work out and it is not always we found a safe place to exercise, to keep improving and to discover new possibilities.

Point of focus, double takes, state of tension, hierarchy.... are some of the techniques that will be explored on high level improvisation scenarios.

This workshop is exclusive to experienced clowns and it does exactly what says on the tin: 'advanced exercises for experienced clowns'

For more information and an application form please email: whynotinstitute@aol.com


Treasure Island

Angela de Castro will be appearing as Israel Hands in the National Theatre's production of Treasure Island. More details can be found by clicking here.

Alleluia Research and Development

CCP recently completed a 4 months Research and Development project for 'Alleluia: a Clown Opera'. Find out more on our Productions/In Development Page.


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