Event Details

  • When: Sunday, 18 August 2019
  • Dates:  Sun 18th to Fri 23rd August

    Times: Starts at 19.30 first day and ends 12.30pm on the last day

    Course Fee:  £380 – Tuition only

    Deposit: £180 non-returnable deposit secures your place.

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SHORT COURSE: Storytelling, Myths and The Clown

SHORT COURSE: Storytelling, Myths and The Clown

Explore the mystery of Mythologies through a Clown's eyes with Vivian Gladwell and Ashley Ramsden.

Mythologies invite us into the mysteries of the world. What sense do Clowns make of this?

Myth for storytellers is about the presence of the Gods, the stories they left behind, the stories of how they made this world, of how they created us,  their mishaps and marvels. Mythologies invite us into the mysteries of the world and our place in it.

But for clowns who are always at the beginning, who know nothing and everything, who create the world out of nothing – what sense do they make of these stories? How can they both honour and re-invent these big cosmological metaphors?

Join us for a playful (and chaotic) exploration of our humanity. We welcome those with or without previous experience of storytelling or clowning.


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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.



Ashley Ramsden

Ashley Ramsden is the founding director of the School of Storytelling, the longest established centre of its kind in the United Kingdom.

He has toured with his remarkable storytelling programmes on all five continents, has appeared at major storytelling festivals in the UK, South Africa, Scandinavia and America.

He is as much at home telling in the Sydney Opera House or alongside the London Symphony Orchestra as he is in your front room. Ashley’s unique methods of teaching voice and the skills of the storyteller have received international acclaim.