Courageous fun, created together

It’s our turn to have some joy, fun and freedom in our adult lives. To drop the roles of day-to-day life that can feel so stressful. Playing connects us to our shared humanity, and that’s such a relief.

We can return to our wellness as we celebrate the unique and particular in every one of us, that we too often forget. We find ourselves lighter and happier, because new creative possibilities and perspectives start to open up. We hear ourselves laughing!

By the by, we learn to honour relationships, show up, celebrate mistakes, appreciate differences, see vulnerability as a strength, and finally realise just how funny we all are!

Whatever our roles in life, and whatever brings us to clown school, some of the benefits are:

A recognition that play is a necessary part of our well being and happiness.

Fun laughter and lightness. 

Creative Freedom. 

New possibilities.

Fresh perspectives.

Developing greater trust between us. 

A greater sense of connection to ourselves and each other. 

A new enthusiasm for our life. 

An openness and appreciation for ourselves and each other .

Come as you are!

I offer a warm and friendly space where everyone’s unique clown within is invited to play, dance / move and have some fun. Workshops have up to 12 participants, but no more, so that everyone has enough time. We do fun warm ups and exercises before moving into short guided improvisations, where we get to see your clown.

There comes a time when you forget who you thought you were supposed to be! You find yourself free precisely because you’re not ready, and you don’t know. And in that moment of vulnerability and confusion you can find yourself having a great time! Also when you don’t need to be funny, you end up being funny, though it’s not a requirement of any clown. Clowns are showing us how they experience the world through their naivety, playfulness and openness to whatever comes. There are lots of expressions of this journey that we can share and delight in. I have no more idea than you how your clown will show up, we discover together, and that’s how it needs to be! And the next time it will be different again.

 Finding your clown can bring surprises and even deep learning about yourself, though it’s not therapy, and I’m not a therapist, it is somehow therapeutic! There is time given after each improvisation to listen to your clowning experience and how you as person felt in it. I affirm all your clowning moments and am alongside you in anything else!

My own personal gratitude to the clowns is that in their eyes we are all already marvellous, and from years in this work I absolutely know this to be true, as a clown, as a facilitator and as Angie; and it’s why I can’t wait to meet you.

People said…

Here are some things people have said about my courses:

Meeting you and being immersed in your class was a very unexpected pleasure. It’s totally changed my perception of clowning and I now feel it’s an important but overlooked aspect of life. I think this practice could offer a broad range of mental, emotional and health benefits for many people. I strongly believe that people should clown around, if only to notice and become more grateful for the smaller things in life. This is because the potential for happiness is more abundant in the present. It is the most powerful position to be in. I can see how offering playful options to an otherwise destructive or negative emotional self can be very liberating and invoke better, more positive outcomes. So – I think your class is amazing and I’m buzzing about it.

I think your teaching is a perfect blend of articulation, professionalism and wacky energy. It allows a safe and grounded space in which people can let go of themselves. There was real change and challenges amongst the other students in the classes, it was fascinating to watch.

Chris, workshop participant 2021

Angie’s clowning classes were great fun, so far removed from my expectations of what clowning is about! I love that actually it’s not about big gestures but about revealing ones authenticity and the hilarity that can come from that exploring that place with curiosity.

Stephen, workshop participant 2021

I couldn’t stop smiling for days after the session. My cheeks ached! It made me feel free to be me and not apologise for it. Thanks Angie!

Workshop participant 2021

It was amazing to see everyone come together and be comfortable doing the activities. We felt like we had this connection afterwards that wasn’t there previously, a shared experience.

Workshop participant 2021

Angie was amazing at understanding the needs of the group, and knowing when to push different ideas and adapt her course to fit those in the room.

Workshop participant 2021

Courses

Open to the public

FINDING YOUR CLOWN WITHIN – an introduction to clowning

Weekend Introductory Course

Mangreen Hall, Norwich, 9th-10th July 2022

Click here for more details.

CLOWNS TRULY – one day taster session

Hammersmith, London, 16 July 2022

Click here for more details.

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Courses for your business or organisation

Contact me if you would like me to offer any of the following for your organisation:

CLOWNING JUST FOR FUN – wellness and happiness at work

Clowning can support wellness and positive mental health both at the individual level and through creating a healthy working culture.  

At the individual level we can learn to be more courageous and we can find a new sense of freedom. Unlearning what we’ve been told to be, we start to connect to the person we really were all along. 

At the level of the team and the organisation we learn to celebrate people’s uniqueness; find hidden strengths and qualities in each other; and in those ways support each other’s freedom , happiness and wellness. 

Ongoing weekly or fortnightly sessions.

CLOWNING – BUILDING CREATIVE TEAMS 

“If you want creative workers give them enough time to play.” John Cleese. 

Clowning really works when we say Yes to any idea that emerges, without judgements and without one clown having more status than another. (Sometimes one clown will pretend to have more status, and that’s a great game!). Setting aside our everyday identities we begin to see each other as much deeper, broader, more creative people than we normally get to see  – or than we may believe ourselves to be. We may find a new respect, perhaps even a new affection for each other. It certainly beats another night at the bowling alley. 

 Offering a 3 hour session, or a whole day.

CLOWNING ACROSS THE BOARD

Where a person from each team meets in the (board)room of play.

Meeting in an atmosphere of curiosity and wonder without an agenda we see what courageous fun we can create together, and consider what we’ve come away with in terms of new ways of knowing.

 A day long workshop.

CLOWNING FOR COURAGEOUS MANAGERS

If clowning is an emotional skydive into the unknown the parachute is our clown within and our clown friends. 

A liberating and exhilarating time to experience your creative options, filled with lightness and laughter! 

A day long workshop, or a weekend.

CLOWNING WEEKEND RETREAT FOR EXECUTIVE LEADERS

Vulnerability is where your strength lies. On the stage of unknowing more is known! There’s nothing that can be explained here ahead of time, because its an experience of letting go! It’s about  liberating a truly fun and creative space, where fears are transformed to trust. 

A weekend away

About me / Contact

Hello, I’m Angie.

I found myself in clown school quite by accident in 2000, and fell in love with it. After exploring and experiencing many approaches to clowning, I decided in 2006-2008 to train with Nose to Nose to become a clown facilitator. I also continue to go to lots of clown workshops just because I love the experience!

I used to be a staff nurse and briefly a Steiner teacher before adopting my 3 gorgeous children. I have a degree in politics and sociology. All of which come together for me in clowning, because clowning is an intense appreciation of what it is to be human.

Clowning is my passion and my home – the lens through which I see the beauty and the ridiculous in my own life and in the world around me. My real interest in clowning is only really to do with love, which in essence I see as the freedom to be ourselves, which turns out to be funny and beautiful, or not at all funny but still beautiful.

Contact me

I’m based near Norwich, Norfolk, UK.

You can email me at angie.wakeman@hotmail.co.uk

Or call me on (+44) (0)774 222 0419

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