Clowning is a state of playfulness and a celebration of what it is to be human. Using games, play, movement and improvisation we will gently create together the conditions that invite your clown to come out and play. No previous experience is necessary as the clown is naturally present in all. I specialise in customised workshops for team building. Email me to talk about what I can offer your group. This person-centred approach to clowning developed by Nose to Nose, based in the UK, is not about tricks and routines but a personal journey towards finding one’s own unique ‘inner clown’.
Susan Coughlan has a degree in Communications Studies from DCU and an MSc in Organisation Change from Ashridge London. She has worked across a range of sectors including theatre, the arts, philanthropy and community development. Now she is a freelance consultant supporting change and engagement in public benefit organisations. More recently she has become a clown, member of a clown choir and a trainee Clown Facilitator with Nose to Nose UK.
“Even though I had been working with my colleagues for over 5 months, the workshop was a big breakthrough for me in connecting with them on another level. I think we work better as a team as a result. Thanks Susan!”
Melissa, IT consultant
“I enjoyed the fun in the workshop…it was at a deep level.”
Brian, retired music teacher
“I’ll certainly be back! I think the clown archetype is an archetype for our time: post-conventional, subversive in the best sense.”
Paula, communications consultant
“Thank you for hosting a great space to play.”
Fiona, drama teacher
“Thank you for all the excellent design, direction, support and encouragement throughout the day…I really appreciate the safe environment you created”
Niall, Alexander Technique Teacher
Would you like to have an experience that leaves you feeling energised, creative and joyful? Discover the Clown Within is a one-day introductory workshop in improvisational clowning and will do just that. Email Susan to be kept up to date on the where and when!
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Our next workshop,"Discover The Clown Within", is on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of February 2016 in The Back Loft in Dublin. Discover the Clown Within is a two-day playshop in improvisational clowning facilitated by Susan Coughlan of Purposeful Play and Sharon Usher of Nose to Nose, UK.
Clowning is a state of playfulness and a celebration of what it is to be human. It offers an open and safely held space where we can authentically meet ourselves and connect with others. We experience aspects of ourselves that are playful, child-like, vulnerable, creative and spontaneous. This brings enjoyment, insight, energy, fun and a feeling of freedom in mind, body and spirit.
This person-centred approach to clowning developed by Nose to Nose is not a technique of tricks and routines but a personal journey towards finding one’s own unique ‘inner clown’. We use games, exercises, movement and improvisation to gently create the conditions that will invite your clown to come out and play – allowing you to:
Experiment with playfulness in yourself and in your relationship with others; Enjoy the feeling of being more present, open, responsive and curious; Reconnect with your imagination and express your self creatively Gain insight, energy and a feeling of freedom in mind, body and spirit.
This is an ideal opportunity for those that want to explore this work further or are curious to try it for the very first time. No previous experience is necessary as the clown is naturally present in us all - trust us! Contact Susan at 0879875180 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries. Early Bird offer ends on January 28th. Book your place here.
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The name Purposeful Play is a perfect paradox. That’s why I like it! The paradox is that the very definition of play, according to play experts such as Stuart Brown is that it is purposeless. In other words we do it for its own sake – because it’s fun rather than because it’s good for us or someone told us to do it.
When we were kids we loved to play – remember? We could play all day and only stopped to eat or change the game? We didn’t have to make an effort. If we have to motivate ourselves to do it then it’s not play, it’s more like work. But as adults, most of us have forgotten this. I know I certainly had before I encountered clowning (and I still need to remind myself regularly!). So, we can be purposeful about creating space for play. That’s really at the heart of what Purposeful Play is about – providing opportunities to find your play and clown so that we can access it more easily in the everyday world. Continue reading
At Purposeful Play we’ve held some really fantastic workshops over the past year, with participants coming away with a new perspective and being that bit more playful! Here are a selection of the fliers from these events so you can learn more.