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THE STORYTELLER AND THE CLOWN – an exploration of the roots of love, fear and longing – part 1
Sunday October 24, 2021 – Friday October 29, 2021
Starts 19:30 on first day – Finishes 12:30 on last day

What can the storyteller and the clown offer us in these ever-changing times? Drawing on the knowledge of brain research we can now understand how to better handle either the stories we are told or the stories we tell ourselves. These are vital life giving insights, especially helpful in counteracting fear. But there’s more……in the hands of the clown this information can turn into creativity, inspiration and sheer joy.

In this course we’ll begin with exploring different kinds of consciousness which have their origin in the three brains that underpin our awareness. Each of these centres carry their own narratives, wonderful sources for clowns and storytellers. Becoming familiar with them we can win new perspectives and freedoms on how to respond to any situation that attempts to restrict us.

If you’re looking for some re-connection in these tumultuous times this course will be a lifeline.

This course will be in three parts. You are welcome to join at any stage with or without previous experience of storytelling or clowning.

The group is limited to 14

Facilitators: Vivian Gladwell and Ashley Ramsden

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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 in2006 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. 

Course fee: Tuition only

This course – 24-29 Oct 2021 = £410

Upcoming dates for part 2 and 3:

  • Course 2 – 13-18 Mar 2022 = £410 OR
            • £380* if you attended previous course
  • Course 3 – 5-10 Jun 2022 – £410 OR
            • £380* if you attended one previous course
            • £350** if you attended two previous courses
*£30 reduction for attending 2 courses
**£60 reduction for attending 3 courses


To book: £180 non-returnable deposit secures your place.

Accommodation and meals:

To book your accommodation and meals at Emerson go to http://www.emerson.org.uk/calendar

To contact Emerson email bookings@emerson.org.uk

Date and times:
The course begins Sunday – 18h15 (with supper)
Ends Friday – after lunch – 14h30

Venue: Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex