LaLa Lunas - Maggie Irving, Carole Crawford (aka Rose Whine) and Dagmar Schwitzgebel - perform Craic in a Rock at The Bikeshed Theatre Exeter, in January's festival From Devon with Love. The show looks at the mischievous and transformative power of monstrosity and laughter told through the re-vamped myths of Medusa, Baubo and Sisyphus. Book now for 26 January. T: 01392 4341679

Lympstone Clowning

I've just completed Session 3 of Maggie's 8 week course.  I've learnt so much already!  It's fascinating to learn how humour is generated through principles such as mirroring, repetition, incongruity and use of space. The stage fighting was hilarious! Our focus on "status" last week highlighted how the skills learnt can be applied in everyday life, not just on stage.  Aren't we always performing in some capacity when in public? The benefits of the course are proving greater than I expected. Sharon

Lympstone Clowning

When I gave a presentation (to about 20 people), I did use the concept of seeking to make better connections with the audience which we covered in the clowning class. I'm sometimes thinking more about what I'm saying rather than the reaction from my audience so this was a really good point for me. I observed people and how they were responding and it enabled me to then gauge the pace and content as we continued.  Steve

Get Clowning With Maggie

Have you ever stood on stage and noticed that your legs are shaking so much that the hair is falling out of its folicles? I was like that and now I am bald as a coot. I exaggerate, but nevertheless, it is good to feel fearless when faced with an audience.

Marketing a brand of clowning that clearly wants to alter people’s perception of ‘a clown’ - the simple guy with a red nose - is like, well it is tough, made worse by my manic passion for its benefits. 

I can see people backing off into a ditch or the closet to escape from this Doctor of Clowning who talks about clever, creative and contemporary clowning as if it will change their life forever; make them funnier, more confident, brave and empowered to talk to anyone at anytime. What’s not to like?