Clown Through Mask - Professional Workshop with Veronica Coburn

May 28, 2015

Clown Through Mask - Professional Workshop with Veronica Coburn
4 WEEKS / 06 JULY – 01 AUGUST 2015 / 10AM – 3PM DAILY

COURSE FEE: €500
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 17TH JUNE 2015




Clown is the most beautiful art form. The red nose is a mask. All masks have an inherent character, a master that must be served. The red nose, the smallest mask in the world, articulates the character of the wearer. The clown.


The clown’s function is to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done. The clown’s tool is the clown’s own humanity - the clown’s experience. The clown’s modus operandi is play - the clown’s innocence.

“If we ever faced all directions of ourselves at once we could only laugh at the beauty of our own ridiculousness.”  Richard Pochinko

Clown Through Mask was devised by Canadian Richard Pochinko (1946-1989), and draws from the Amerindian tradition of clown and modern European performance clown (Lecoq) to provide a comprehensive system of work that articulates:
A function for the modern performance clown
A definition of clown theatre

And provides:
The Building of a Personal Mythology to release the individual performer’s creativity
Exercises to allow students implement & practice new performance skills


Veronica Coburn is the author of Clown Through Mask – The Pioneering Work of Richard Pochinko as Practised by Sue Morrison. Written in collaboration with Sue Morrison, it is published by Intellect Press. She was a founder member of Barabbas - Ireland’s first dedicated physical theatre/clown company. As Draíocht’s Theatre Artist in Residence she runs Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir. For Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014, Veronica wrote and directed Bernarda’s House, a poetic retelling of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba for red nose, nominated for Best Production, Best Performer & Best Design.

About Veronica Coburn:
“The perfect facilitator: calm, clear, unbiased, and yet forthright and passionate.”
“..incredibly smart… emotionally as well as creatively astute. I felt totally safe in her hands from start to finish.”


The cost of the full 4 week workshop is an astonishingly reasonable €500.*
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 17TH JUNE 2015
Applications by email emer@draiocht.ie stating name, contact details and reason for wanting to take part in the workshop.
Further details phone 01-8098027.


*Supported by Artist in Residence Scheme

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