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Angela de Castros presents

The Pleasure of Playing

  • Saturday 28 April 11am

The Spire

4 hours 00 mins

£5/£2 concessions

Using simple games and light exercises, The Pleasure of Playing will liberate the imagination and bring participants a new burst of energy, focus and awareness. Based on collective non-competitive games, these structured and surprisingly thought-provoking workshop became a must for clowns  of all disciplines. This workshop is designed for performers, and non-performers alike.

Join Angela De Castro,  life long performer as she facilitates this workshop, held specifically for members of the QTIPOC community. Utilisng techniques and games that are beloved by clowns and improvisational performers, the group will learn ways to bring the pleasure of playing into our every day lives, which are frequently weighed down by the pressures and demands of societal normativity.

For performers, actors and clowns it is important to keep the state of playfulness fresh and alive, to feed the soul and keep it light, and this is true also of any marginalised community, often expected to present ourselves in predicatble and minimising ways. The techniques of clowning can be used as an embodiment practise to help liberate ourselves from the burdens of expectation, showing us new surprising ways of being.

It is fundamental for us to exercise the mind, the body and the spirit. The spirit is often overtaken by the physical and intellectual demands of the job of every day life.  Very often, it is the clown techniques that get the focus. However, what is a clown without a soul? Without a spirit? How important it is not to forget that our souls need as much training and feeding as our bodies and minds?

Angela de Castro is one of the most loved women clowns. She is a leading theatre practitioner, actor, teacher, director and speaker. Her performances and methodology have been well recognised in the UK and abroad, awarding her, among a few, a Lawrence Olivier Award (UK) ,the Golden Nose Award (Spain), the Nesta Dreamtime Fellowship, an Arts Foundation Fellowship and an International Fellowship by Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama for her contribution on the art of clowning.

This event is designed specifically to cater for the needs of queer, trans or intersex people of colour (QTIPOC). Availability is limited and intimate, so the organisers have asked that white people who want to practice allyship do not take tickets for this event which is being created by and with the QTIPOC community of Brighton. Any questions on the event please contact






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