Comedy & Clown with Mick Barnfather


Mick Barnfather has been working in theatre as an actor, director and teacher for more than thirty-five years. He has been a member of Complicite since 1986, appearing in six of their shows: Food Stuff, Please Please Please, The Visit, The Three Lives Of Lucie Cabrol, The Chairs and Light.

 He was a teacher at the Philippe Gaulier School where he taught Bouffon, Clown and Neutral Mask. He is a regular teacher at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London, where he teaches Theatre Studies on the three-year degree program, and the London School of Musical Theatre and at the Florida State University londonprogram. He has taught Physical Theatre for some twenty years for the British American Drama Academy and at RADA for ten years where he taught Clown, Mask, Ensemble and Physicality in Performance. During this time he also taught on the open Complicite workshop programs and gave classes and courses in Hong Kong, Berlin, Hamburg, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and America.

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Dates: August 8-12, 10am - 4:30pm daily

Price: $550 or $500 with signup before 7/15

(A $200 Deposit is required to secure a spot in the workshop

Location: The Eleven Studios - 671 W Broadway Glendale CA 91204

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About the workshop:

In this workshop we will be looking at what it is that makes us laugh and how we can be funny. It is not about big shoes, make up and squirty flowers. We will concentrate mainly on the clown and the pleasure to be ridiculous in the space. The clown moves from one flop to the next always happy and optimistic to be playing before an audience. There are many confusions and disasters in a clown show but there are never any doubts. The clown is joyful, playful, mischievous and full of fantasy. Nothing in this workshop is related to a style but very much looking to find what is uniquely funny about each person and how they can make that accessible to an audience.

"A superbly intuitive and inspirational teacher."

Philippe Gaulier, master clown and professor of theatre.

"Mick played a critical role in helping me discover my voice and freedom on-stage as a clown and comedic actor. I am grateful to him for that."

Philip Burgers, Dr. Brown.

Clowning with Dr-Browning

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Dr. Brown (aka Philip Burgers) learned about comedy and being stupid at the Ecole Philippe Gualier. He did lots of shows around the world, some of which did very well according to certain judges. Judges suck, so what does that really matter. He also has been teaching around the world for the past 6 years. 

Come learn how not to take your self so seriously, be stupid and relatively free, and have fun with an audience. Note - this sounds fun and easy, but the workshop is actually very difficult - seriously. I (Dr. Brown/Philip Burgers) am often NOT nice and some people don't like this approach, but if you can handle admitting that what you just did on stage was horrible and nobody really laughed, then perhaps you'll get something out of this class. Ultimately, I'll hopefully help you learn to be open and vulnerable in front of a group of strangers and then make them piss themselves by showing them how stupid you (and only you) can be.