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Training With Playface!

Learn, laugh and play with Playface, London's most Playful comedy and mindful school!

We teach clown, mindfulness and alternative comedy, from complete beginners to experienced performers, all are welcome to join the fun!

Clown

  • Our taster sessions give you the chance to try out a workshop and dip your toes into the world of clowning. We'll take you through the basics in a variety of exercises designed to get you playing around and teasing out your inner fool.

  • Our clowning intensives are jam packed with all of our favourite exercises to get you playing around, experimenting and releasing your inner clown fool. Perfect to fit into a weekend of fun!

  • Our clowning courses are spread out over 6 evening sessions. Each week we'll take you through a different aspect of clowning to get you playing around, experimenting and releasing your inner clown fool.

  • We're bringing our clowning knowledge onto the improv stage! These workshops go through a variety of exercises designed to help you develop a more playful, silly and responsive style of improv.

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Discover your inner fool with our courses and workshops in improvised clowning. Our courses can help you become more playful in your life and on stage as you find it easier to discover the fun and take advantage of that through a series of improvised exercises.

We will cover aspects of comedy and clowning such as Game, Audience Sensitivity, the Flop, Complicity, Major / Minor and Fixed Point

More Details

  • Charlie Jackson is wearing a portrait picture frame as a costume. The portrait is of a man taking a bath at some point in history. Charlie's head and right arm are visible via cut out sections of the portrait.
  • Clowning workshop group photo with arm in the air and smiling
  • Group photo showing class participants smiling to the camera
  • Clowning workshop with participants walking in a circle wit their arms in the air
  • Clowning group photo of people pulling silly faces against a turquoise background
  • Clowning workshop with participants with their arms in the air
  • Comedy poster for the show Bath (WIP) by Charlie Jackson. Charlie is in a cartoon bath with bubbles and ducks.
  • Comedian on stage wearing a portrait
  • Water fight between two people on a street
  • Eric sitting in a dry paddling pool on stage at Modern Art comedy gig
  • Comedian Viki Jackson stood on stage

Mindfulness

  • Our brains have natural negativity bias. It's designed to keep us safe rather than happy so when mistakes happen we can get stuck focusing on the bad parts of them.

    In comedy we build up resilience through mistakes. Mistakes can lead to wonderfully funny things happening but as a performer we need to be okay with making mistakes in order to find the funny.

    These workshop explore how we can celebrate mistakes and think positively around them.

  • Collaboration is a key skill for life. Whether that's collaborating in the office, navigating everyone's brilliant ideas for your friend's birthday or joining forces with your partner to finally build that IKEA flatpack, being a good team player is essential.

    In improv comedy we learn to Yes And, which is where we accept the ideas people are putting out and build upon them. This leads to more engaging and humorous scenes. These lessons can apply in real life by taking onboard and building upon what others are suggesting rather than building our own agenda. Even if the ideas that come out are not particularly interesting; a boring idea can morph into a great one if it’s been collaborated with properly. By working together you can create something wonderful!

    These workshops focus on exercises to improve your skills in: Empathy and understanding, Problem-solving and adaptability, Team cohesion and morale, Communication and listening skills.

  • Listening is a skill that’s taken for granted. We’re able to half pay attention to conversations to keep them going but what’s really being said? Being a great listener can have so may benefits from better relationships, enhanced empathy and stronger communication.

    This workshop uses a mixture of movement, visual and audio exercises to develop listening skills and the ability to pick up on subconscious communication.

    "Listening is a master skill for personal and professional greatness." - Robin Sharma

  • We have lots more workshops planned around topics such as play, status, perfection and imposter syndrome, positivity, acceptance, connection and creativity. Please sign up to our mailing list to find out when new workshops go on sale.

Image of a woman, Viki Jackson, with her hands in the air smiling

These mindful classes are a chance to improve core skills in a fun and playful way. Each class takes inspiration from drama and improvisation exercises to work together to develop skills and new thinking patterns. Sessions are taught in a happy and friendly way that have no judgement and certainly no pressure to be funny. Our classes encourage you to be in the moment, notice how you are feeling, be curious as you explore our games and new ways of thinking. And, most importantly, have fun!

We work as a group and in pairs for this super fun and friendly session. This isn’t a comedy or acting class, we’re simply using some of their exercises and ways of adapting our thinking. No experience in acting or comedy is needed.

What people say about our classes

★★★★★ "Blinding workshop packed with opportunities to try stuff out in a comfortable yet challenging way."

★★★★★ "I really enjoyed the course! Charlie explained the concepts well and there lots of opportunities to practice the ideas"

★★★★★ "I had so much fun! Viki made us feel very welcomed and the improv activities were accessible and linked to mindfulness and listening skills. I would recommend joining their classes if you are keen to develop your improvisation skills or just to have a total blast!"

★★★★★ "So engaging and really feel like I understand how to bring clowning and improv together"

★★★★★ "Had an amazing time. Really good addition to improv experience!"

★★★★★ "Viki held the space in a way that was both playful and therapeutic, allowing for creative expression and learning in a calm and mindful setting."

★★★★★ "It was a great group and the exercises were really fun"

★★★★★ "Great workshop, great teachers, great work."

★★★★★ "The workshop was so much fun!"

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