Simon Thompson & Dave Spathaky - ClownPower
Two clowns just doing what clowns do in private. Ahem! I’m talking about rehearsals. Three years ago I spent a pleasurable week watching Simon Thompson run through his new, self devised Clown Noir show. The second in a trilogy of solo shows. The third is in production now and based on the Miller’s Tale by Chaucer. I’m not involved but I hear rumors it has clog dancing in it. Simon and I made full use of the Clown Power Creation Studio in Castletownbere. Distraction free and removed from the world it’s a great place to focus on the job at hand.
Simon is a prolific jobbing Clown who has probably worked in a wider range of situations than most performers I have met. A very wide gamut. He has toured in USSR with a Russian Circus, trained in Paris and played in Italy with comedia troupe. Now resident in Limerick he is completing a PhD in Clowning. Eva his lovely partner is a professional photographer and also runs a nearby art centre.
A busy household with a teenage daughter in the mix as well, it sounds like the basis for a TV comedy sit-com. I’m sure there is light and dark just like most families, not all laughs!
As part of his PhD, Simon has also managed to organise an outreach course this summer in Limerick, he will be facilitating a masterclass for professionals. A week starting on Monday 11th of June until Friday. How many chances do you see for a week of workshops where you are going to get paid as well‽ You must be based in Ireland. The course is based in the Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick. Deadline for applications is the 11th of May. Checkout if you might be eligible. I’m writing my application now! Maybe I’ll see you there? Full details here: https://ift.tt/2Ibzz4Z

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