FLAILING, FALLIBLE & FABULOUS
This is a hard blog to start. It’s a hard blog to start because I’m trying to get it “right.” What will draw my dear blog reader in? Maybe throw in a Jaques Lecoq quote so you look smart? Maybe make a Ronald McDonald clown joke? This same feeling daunted me when embarking on Clown Camp - the fear of the unknown and of getting it right. Sure, I’d done a bit of clowning before but having previously worked with Amy, I knew this was set to be unlike anything I’d ever done before. And, whilst trying to not get everything right, boy, I wasn’t wrong.
Clowning Queen, Amy Gwilliam, put us through our paces on a three day intensive Clown Camp. “Clown Camp?” I hear you ask “Sounds like fun! It’s just like red noses and making people laugh and stuff, right?” Absolutely not - well, maybe a bit of that BUT it’s also about humanity (woop big word) This is a quality that performers and directors alike grapple with and strive to attain. A word so intrinsically linked with what many artists aspire to have; vulnerability and truth. Many may assume (as I did) that you’re doing the complete opposite of that with clown. Putting on a nose, trying to make the audience laugh, adopting affectation etc. but actually, as Amy puts it, clowning is the most sensitive of sports, and one that requires a huge amount of technique, whilst wearing the smallest mask in the world that reveals the most (that is actually a quote from somewhere – just saying.)
The idea of The Theatre of The Unknown was introduced to us early on, which actually seemed to comfort us as a group. You’re not meant to know what’s going on or what’s going to happen next or what to do because, guess what? No one