Event Details

  • When: Sunday, 30 August 2020
  • to  Friday 4th September 2020

    Timings: Starts 18:15 on first day - Finishes 14:00 on last day

    Tuition fee: £800*

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SHORT COURSE: Comedy, Script-writing and Clown

SHORT COURSE: Comedy, Script-writing and Clown

A course for script writers or anyone wishing to learn about writing comedy. With Harry ter Haar, Kim Fuller and Vivian Gladwell.

This course will attempt to explore how clown and clowning improvisations can inform and inspire comedy writers. We will use the insights discovered through clowning improvisations as the starting point for creating scenes and characters. 

Small groups will:

  • write their scripts
  • find ways of playing these on stage
  • use concepts of theme, tone, farce and tragedy to structure their writing
  • Other topics – Absurd situations, nonsense, truth, authenticity, rhythm, emotions

A public performance is planned on Thursday evening. 

NOTE: This course is recommended for anyone wishing to join our upcoming course on Creating your own SOLO performance in 2021. 


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Harry ter Haar

Harry ter Haar studied screenwriting at the New York Film Academy and attended the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. He has written and produced numerous short films, sitcom pilots and plays. His first short film Harry, Henry and the Prostitute stars Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Fearne Cotton. Harry also acts in his work and in 2017 he wrote, produced and acted in three comedy plays on the London fringe, one of which was highly commended at the LOST One Act Festival. His recent short comedy film Boss Kiss, which he wrote and acted in, won best film at the CFK film festival. He has also written and acted in a new short film called Cheating which was adapted from his stage play that was staged at The Bunker Theatre in 2018. In 2019 a series of five short comedy plays Harry wrote were staged at the Jermyn Street Theatre. He is currently writing a comedy feature film and a sitcom pilot. 


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Kim Fuller

Kim Fuller has been writing for television for over 40 years. He has written for a number of successful television comedy programs including Not The Nine O’Clock News, on which he first met Mel Smith; Carrott’s Lib, starring Jasper Carrott; The Lenny Henry Show ;[1] Spitting Image; and Red Dwarf. Fuller was also writer and producer of The Complete Guide To Relationships, Miami 7 and L.A. 7, the latter two of which followed the adventures of chart-topping band S Club 7. LA 7 was the highest rated children’s show in the UK, achieving a worldwide audience of over 90 million. Fuller has also worked on the BBC Radio Four comedy series The Castle.


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Vivian Gladwell

Vivian is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the UK and France where he started clowning in 1978. He speaks French and English fluently. Vivian began teaching in 1988 as part of the Lifeways Festival at Emerson College – UK. He trained as a facilitator with the Bataclown in 1990 and joined their team in 1991 also working as a modern day Court Jester (Clownanalyst).

He created Nose to Nose UK in 1990, Nose to Nose of North America in 2006 and Fool View, the Social Clowning group and has trained facilitators in the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy – view history.

He continues his role as ambassador for the work by researching the applications of clowning in the context of teacher training, medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in many countries (South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway…). He holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.