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Clown Workshops

Clown Workshop led by Ruth Lehane

"Fun, Rigorous, Inspiring!" – Val

 "Explorative, Emotive, Enlighting!" - Laura

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. - Martha Graham.

Clowns exist without parameters; they enjoy complete freedom of expression. The clown does not exist aside from the actor performing him/her.

The Focus: This workshop focuses on the freedom given by the red nose which allows us to discover more about who we really are in essence, at our core. When we drop the accumulated perceptions of who we think we should be, a door opens to a place where we can reveal our true selves without judgement and where anything can happen.

The Aim: Through various preparatory exercises influenced by both European and Native American approaches to clown, the participants will access the many colours of their individual palette and allow them to shine through, for example; light/darkness; joy/pain; frivolity/seriousness; disappointment and delight. Once the various facets of the clown are discovered, we can then bring them to a state of play.    

Ruth’s unique range of experiences makes her workshops exciting, challenging, inspirational and fun.

What participants said:

"Ruth really holds you and directs you in a fun way. Ruth is a fabulous facilitator" - Brid

"Helps one to connect to oneself, to play, to "step out of the box", to make discoveries and to revive the imagination!" - Valerie

"To see some of your true self. Learn about yourself. Get a break from normal society. Embrace yourself!" – Aoife

Ruth Lehane; founder of Fourth Leaf Theatre Co. is an award winning clown performer, writer and maker of clown theatre.

Having worked for two years with Jacques Lecoq in Paris, where she discovered the European approach to clown, she later studied Clown Through Mask, a Native American approach, developed by Richard Pochinko with Sue Morrisson in Toronto.

For information on upcoming workshops please visit the news page.

Places limited to ten. To book a place call Ruth on 087 993 6418