Event Details

  • When: Sunday, 16 August 2020
  •  to Friday 21st August 2020

    Timings: Starts 19:30 on first day - Finishes 12:30 on last day

    Tuition Fee:  £395*

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

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SHORT COURSE: Improvised Storytelling and the Clown

SHORT COURSE: Improvised Storytelling and the Clown

A weekend of exploring the world of storytelling through the eyes of the clown. With Vivian Gladwell and Giovana Conforto.

There are no small stories for the clown. Stories abound and reveal themselves to us when we begin to commit fully and playfully to whoever or whatever we meet in the world. By cultivating a deep trust that nothing is too small or insignificant we begin the journey into discovering stories.

The course is not about learning stories – rather it is about discovering stories through improvisation. We welcome those with or without previous experience of storytelling or clowning.

For more information about our way of teaching clowning and our style of work you can read the website articles.

The group is limited to 12


Vivian Gladwell

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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.


Giovanna Conforto

Giovanna is the creative director of the Italian Storytelling Center and founding member of the International Association Stories in Place based in Edinburgh. In recent years, she has co-founded The Strolling Stories, storywalks dedicated to historical and artistic sites in Rome, Latium and Tuscany and has co-created the project Habla Cadabra, an international multilingual storytelling festival touring on a bus. She teaches at the School of Storytelling, Emerson College, is lecturer at the Master’s Degree in Arts Management at IED University in Rome and has been collaborating with various universities all over Europe and in Asia. Giovanna  is co-author of the Science-Theater European guidelines for the creative teaching of science and is member of the Storytelling & Peace Council.