CPLS02E04 Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson interviewed by Charlie Holland on Sunday 10th of May 2020

Simon Thompson, along with being a practicing performer is currently a Lecturer on the M.A. Festive Arts at the University of Limerick. He is also researching for a PhD (Developing Creative Pedagogies through Mask and Clown). He is interviewed by Charlie Holland who is the former Programme Director of The Circus Space in London (now the National Centre for Circus Arts).

Clown Power Live – S02E04

Simon Thompson:

Simon is a performer, director and teacher, he began clowning as boy but later took it seriously and trained with Jacque LeCoq and Philip Gaulier. Along with being a practicing artist he is currently a Lecturer on the M.A. Festive Arts at the university of Limerick and is also researching for a PhD (Developing Creative Pedagogies through Mask and Clown).

After years of touring with circus’s, festivals and a variety of theatre companies, in 2014 Simon began to write a Clown Trilogy as three separate shows. Part 1 “Clown Noir, This is me” was first up. Then in 2015, “Peines d’amour perdues” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labours Lost”, and in 2016 “Nose Business”. Some of his more recent projects include a metaphysical mask exploration of Australian Indigenous Peoples Stories; “Altjeringa” performed by Lucy Dawson as a gestural etude at the Irish World Academy.

He tours a clown adaptation of “The Millers Tale” and also “Lifted Up” a full-mask performance that highlights the difficulties of sensory overload in adults who are diagnosed with A.S.D.

Clown Power Live Next:

Wednesday Chris de Pyss (AKA Chris Lynam) talks to Sue Broadway (AKA The Fabulous Sue Broadway) about his journey as a clown on stage, screen and outside the box.

When: May 13, 2020 21:00 Dublin
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Special shout out for this Wednesday when clown Sue Broadway is chatting to clown Chris Lynam and next weekend when Charlie Holland is talking about the Marvellous Craggs twice (due to time zone issues). On Sunday next we have a special guest: Caroline Dream a writer, teacher and clown interviewed by Sascha Goslin our in-house genius.

ZooLogical Team:

Sascha Goslin:

Is an independent producer, focusing on outdoor work, circus and accessible shows. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.

Dave Spathaky:

Is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder in April 2020: he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

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