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The Buffoon

1st – 5th April 2023
(including arrival and departure dates)

With Maria Codinachs and Marian Masoliver.

Lecoq defined buffoons as “those who don’t care about anything and laugh at everything”. This heightened style was developed by the theatre master Jacques Lecoq during the seventies. Yet, it could not be more current today!

Whilst having fun, buffoons ruthlessly criticize humanity’s failures and dreams by telling the shocking truth…

  • The ‘mask’ of the Buffoon
  • Parody and The Grotesque
  • The Underworld
  • The Mysterious: Prophets, Angels and Demons
  • Buffoons and text
  • Creating you own buffoon
  • Gangs, choruses and the anti-hero
  • Public presentations

Freelance & Students: Workshop fee 250€
Accommodation and all meals 110€

Organisations & funded: Workshop fee 400€
Accommodation and all meals 110€

Bursaries available for people from underrepresented groups including those from a lower social-economic background. Please contact us.

Reserve your place securely with a 80€ deposit  (fill in the blue box on the top right and follow the steps, it’s simple).


Who is this workshop for?

Actors, drama students, drama teachers, writers and directors will all find this course to be a great resource in their work.

This daring and physical approach will allow all participants to benefit by getting into their bodies and exploring their full physical comic potential.

Professional actors will find this work intensive and refreshing, the workshop will help them explore new areas of themselves and their art.

Writers and directors will discover the ‘shared poetic depths’ and will clarify what they want to say.

Teachers of drama will be immersed in ’play’ and will learn new techniques and exercises based on Lecoq’s training that they can use in their acting classes.

The teachers

Maria Codinachs is a very experienced buffoon teacher. She has taught Buffoonery at the Institute of Theatre in Barcelona (one of the top european theatre schools) for over 10 years. Marian Masoliver is one of the co-founders of The Actors Space and has taught theatre professionals for over thirty years. Marian and Maria have previously colaborated both at The Actors Space and the Institute of Theatre teaching  Buffonery.  They trained with Jacques Lecoq at his school in Paris.

This workshop does not take place very often, it is a rare opportunity, don’t miss it! Contact us for more info.

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