Peepolykus has 20 years’ experience in leading performance workshops and classes all over the world to children and young people, and to adults in all kinds of professions. The two artistic directors of the company – John Nicholson and Javier Marzan – have trained with world leaders of theatre improvisation.
The company’s unique style is rooted in the belief that the “most interesting ideas arrive when you allow yourself to surprise yourself”.
The skills that we have developed are now being sought to stimulate creativity within both education and industry:
We work with EDUCATORS and are currently developing a groundbreaking research programme in partnership with Viv Ellis, Professor of Educational Leadership & Teacher Development at Kings College, London. This project is called STUCK and looks at how some of the techniques we use in a rehearsal room – including improvisation – can be used in the classroom to help students become ‘unstuck”. MORE INFO HERE
We work with BUSINESSES to help them explore and develop new ways of generating ideas. MORE INFO HERE
We are experienced teachers of clown and physical theatre/comedy and have run classes and residencies in theatres, schools, colleges, universities, circus training establishments and drama colleges (including Bristol University, the National Theatre, the BBC, International Clown Doctor organisations and National Youth Music Theatre UK).
We are invited to teach masterclasses all over the world (including India, South East Asia, South America) and have wide experience in directing for theatre, circus, street theatre and youth theatre (Oxford Pegasus Youth Theatre, Circus Space, Natural Theatre Company).
Our teaching is inspired by a physical/impulsive approach to theatre where the emphasis is on stimulating playfulness and lightness in a performer. However, that does not mean that the process and results are always comfortable or unemotional! Participants learn best, and gain most, when they surprise themselves. We create a supportive and buoyant atmosphere in which people are encouraged to make natural and spontaneous reactions in performance, rather than ‘safe’ or ‘prepared’ ones. The results can be hilarious, impressive, moving and sometimes plain ridiculous! Please email or phone Kim Lawrence, Education Manager on 07779 729644 for details
Here’s a selection of some of the projects we have worked on:
National Youth Music Theatre in Force 9 and a Half
We were asked to create a show for 25 National Youth Music Theatre UK teenagers on a summer school residency. I decided to try and write a musical, which ended up being a musical about a boy whose life turns into a musical, against his will. Alongside Alex Rudd (composer) Luke Sheppard (Movement Director) and Emily Bruni (Dramaturg), we created the show in two weeks. It opened at the Edinburgh Fringe and won an MTM award.
‘Two of the most interesting tours we had the fortune to be offered, under the auspices of The British Council, were to Bangladesh (twice) and to Iran. This was a wonderful way to begin to get to know a country and its culture. It was immensely gratifying to have the opportunity to share our work, to discover comic connections through theatre and to experience first hand the theatre that was being made in those places. We ran a number of workshops and masterclasses with people of all ages. Check out the films of those trips here:
We taught modules in clown and performance on the Circus Space degree course and directed an end of year show for the second year students.
Our other clients include:
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Pegasus Youth Theatre, Oxford, Lyric Hammersmith
Rose Bruford College, Deaf Stories Group, Bristol, Firebird Theatre, Bristol
Circomedia, Centre for Circus Arts & Physical Theatre
72Point PR, City Lit, Circus Space, Desperate Men, Inspector Sands
Tmesis Theatre, Bristol University Drama Department, Swindon Youth Theatre
The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, Interaction, Liverpool Everyman.
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