Brassmonkey Workshop Bursary

Brassmonkey Bursary Scheme 

Spymonkey’s bursary scheme for performers from diverse backgrounds to participate in our acclaimed clowning and business workshops.

About Spymonkey's Workshops 

Since our inception in 1998, Spymonkey have created some of the most outstandingly original theatre in Britain, drawing on the disciplines of clown, physical theatre and devised theatre. 

We are also committed to supporting the development of the next generation of comedy performers and our workshops are delivered by the joint artistic directors in the UK and across the world. Participants who take part learn skills in clowning, devising and music with theatre-making in a way which is transferrable to their own practice. We also offer practical sessions on the business behind making and touring a show.

'Best workshop I've ever done. Safe but playing with risk. light but
deep, and FUN! so much fun!"
Amy Saunders / Miss Behave - performer (Variety Nighty, La Clique, La Soirée)

'It was fantastically liberating. The workshop is about being yourself and tapping into what is uniquely funny about you.'
Liam Woodman / TV writer (NOT GOING OUT, LA LA LAND)

Clown Creation School 2020

Our Clown Creation School will take place between 2nd-20th March 2020 at Toynbee Studios in London.

This will be the second of our intensive three-week Clown Creation School, aimed at emerging and professional performers who would like to build on their clown and physical comedy work, and take it to the next level of production and performance. It will be led by Spymonkey artistic directors Aitor Basauri and Toby Park, long-standing associate Stephan Kreiss, and producer Emily Coleman. 

We aim to build a strong ensemble dynamic, to encourage participants to go further and deeper into the work to explore new areas of comedic investigation, and to inspire and initiate new creative material and performing relationships that we hope will go on to flourish into the full glory of performance!

There will also be an opportunity to go through the basics of how to build a sustainable performing arts business with sessions on fundraising, budgeting and tour booking lead by our producer.

Why Brassmonkey Bursary is needed and who it's for

Having worked with performers and theatre makers in our shows, through our collaborations with other organisations and via our education and training work, we are aware of the lack of diversity in theatre, and within comedy performance in particular. Alongside this, the financial barrier to accessing professional development is a real obstruction for many people. We are therefore keen to play our part in addressing this by offering two Brassmonkey bursary places to people from a diverse background or those who are underrepresented on our stages. This could include (but is not exclusive of):

- People of colour

- People from non-British backgrounds

- Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Queer people

- Gender diverse people

- People from working class / socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds

- D/deaf and Disabled people (including hidden disabilities)
- Neurodiverse people

It's All About the Money

We have already raised enough money to support one place as part of our 20th birthday celebrations but we want to be able to offer two. We’re fundraising for a further £1,200 which will:

- Pay for a second place on the Clown Creation School in March 2020
- Include a contribution to the cost accommodation so we’re able support someone from outside of London

If we are lucky enough to raise more than our target, we will offer further places for future Spymonkey workshops.

Thank you
We would be totally delighted if you can help us to open up our training opportunities to more people. Thank you!


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Emily Coleman 
Brighton, South East England, United Kingdom
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