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May 18th and 19th, 2019

Le jeu and clown with John Beale
May 18th and 19th, 2019
Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm
Location: Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, ON

Cost: $300 + HST
50% discount for returning students -
including Hogtown Clown Collective participants.
20% discount for Equity and ACTRA members.
Pre-registration and payment is required as
space will be limited to 16 people.


Experience the joy of failure!

This work helps us get unstuck. It teaches us to listen, to re-discover play, not to push too much or shy away but to let go and be attuned to the moment - to find our open, sensitive, vulnerable, human and ridiculous quality.

"With this work people have to find a way of being beautiful and surprising...and by beautiful I mean being in the grip of pleasure or freedom" -Philippe on Clown

John Beale has been an actor and a teacher of acting and improvisation since 1989. He is a graduate of the Philippe Gaulier École international de théâtre in France, and he has trained, performed and taught extensively as a company member with the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. John is also a master clown and has offered clown performance workshops and coaching since 2005.

John's master teacher, Philippe Gaulier, is a world renowned theatre master and clown teacher, heading his own international school for over 25 years and turning out such talent as Sacha Baron Cohen, Emma Thompson and the founders of Theatre de Complicite.

Finding one’s own clown, in other words an absolute unique idiotic character, is an important moment in an actor’s life. The Clown’s way of playing is a special one. He is not only using his normal virtuosity as an actor, but he also has a frequently appearing playmate: - flop. With this training we call him Mister Flop and we treat him with a heck of a lot of respect. Playing with Mister Flop happens after many, many other flops that weren’t at all deliberate. Mr. Flop will say to the Clown: You are in the s**t! Salvage what you can! The great delight of being on stage, combined with childish pleasure, fun and perhaps a very special yell make us love the clown and they are off to save the show. If the pleasure in staying on stage is great, then the clown will be forgiven. They are allowed to be no good over and over. If the pleasure is not great enough, the clown will look like someone ashamed at being no good. They won’t be loved.” -P.G

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