About Dr Brown 5 day Clown Workshops:
This five day intensive clowning workshop with world-renowned clown and teacher Philip Burgers (Dr Brown) is a unique opportunity to spend a week immersed in Gaulier clown technique. Suitable for performers and non-performers at all levels of their careers.
As actors and human beings we are always trying to be good. Trying to do and get things right. And when we feel bad for either being bad or doing bad, we want to escape that bad feeling. The clown is different from most of us, in that he/she is happy to be bad. He/she is happy not to get things right.
Ordinarily, when we (as actors) feel bad, we try to escape this bad feeling immediately, by covering it up with an action, or acting, or pretending not to ‘feel’ bad. This workshop will push us into this place of ‘badness’ (a place we will nominate ‘the shit’) and encourage us to stay in it and not escape it – as our natural tendency will try and make us do. Instead, we will search for a pleasure and a joy in ‘the shit’. Because in ‘the shit’ is where we find a real vulnerability, humility, and humour – our clown. We will also learn that being in the shit is not something we can act or pretend, but something we really have to experience.
Once we find a pleasure, joy and comfort here, we discover ‘the shit’ can be a place of freedom. Then can we begin to play and be ridiculous and take the audience on whatever journey we like, using a sensitivity towards them that we will have cultivated in the first part of the workshop.
Bring comfortable clothing to move around and sweat in!
“It was probably the most worthwhile workshop of any sort I've ever done. I'd do this workshop again every weekend if I could. Brilliant.” – Ben D
“I'd just like to say that the workshop pretty much changed my life. I am now looking at all my different creative endeavors as well as non-creative endeavors through Phil's philosophy.” - Lukas M
“What separates this workshop from many I have done is the LARGE portion of on stage time it included. We were able to put the skills into practice immediately in front of an AUDIENCE. Yow! Other workshops have us working in pairs or groups where the teacher only circulates, if at all, and we never get the chance to perform or receive individual feedback. It was less talk and more action. Great.” - Hannah C
"The workshop had a massive and lasting impact on me, in how I approach an audience, in the best way. I know everyone I've spoken to after also had their brains irrevocably smashed by it. It's a rad and so-important thing that he teaches.” - Nadia C
“I did the workshop mostly to be a better stand-up. Most people doing stand-up get to a point where they realise the performer, rather than the material is what is funny. I really enjoyed the workshop and have been very inspired by it. I also think Phil is tremendously generous. I consider myself lucky to have met such a generous and passionate person.” - Steve M