AH HA! This shoe is a boat! Clowns make us laugh, cry and be very afraid. This workshop has nothing to do with the traditional big-haired, big-shoes, squirting flower circus clown. Create characters that react to any stimulus, experiencing moments of truth, vulnerability and comedy that are your inner clown. This workshop can be offered as an intensive one off taster clown boot-camp or it can be extended into a full unit. Photo: Clown workshop at United World College South East Asia, Singapore.
Words, words, words - that is all it is. So why do students freeze when confronted with Shakespeare? This workshop introduces students to Shakespeare by connecting the character's intentions to their own lives. Who am I talking to? What do I want? Once those questions are answered, then the words become tools instead of obstacles. This high energy workshop keeps the Middle and High-school students on their feet and laughing all the way through. Photo: Romeo & Juliet at Singapore American School
What do all these drama exercises mean? Why do we do them? Concentration, memory of emotion, dramatic action, characterization, observation and rhythm form the 6 pack of a performers core. Acting is an extreme sport. Pump it up!
Offered as an intensive one off or as a 7 unit course. Photo: Students at The ISTA Academy, Valbonne, France.
Production Consultant: Clown lends itself to both Drama and Comedy alike. Combining Clown and Shakespeare is my specialty.
Whatever your needs I tailor my involvement and input to your specific direction and production demands. Photo: Devised performance in Waterloo, Belgium: Artistic Director Matthew Godfrey.
In 2019 Matthew was hired by the International School of Beijing to collaborate on their production of "A Midsummer Night;s Dream or The Night They Missed the Forest for the Trees". He worked with the entire cast to integrate Clowning and Shakespearian text. Photo: MSND at Beijing International School, China.
In 2018 Matthew was hired by Singapore American School to assist with casting and rehearsals for "The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet". Integrating Clown technique, text and physicality. Photo: R&J at Singapore American School, Singapore.
"Using languages other than English can be a liberating and rewarding experience...This idea comes from a clowning commandment taught by Matt Godfrey at an ISTA workshop we attended a while back...Ever since then, whenever I teach clowning, I have encouraged my students not to use English to express themselves." - Nita Dewse, Bangkok Patana School, Thailand.
Grotesques challenge the audience to think. They mutter and shout uncomfortable truths about the world around them while keeping the audience on the edge of their seat. Not for the faint of heart this workshop asks participants to physically and vocally embrace and express their rants and raves through their inner Grotesque Clown. Photo: Matthew Godfrey as Mr. Block in Kafka's The Trial, Los Angeles, USA.
Building upon Shakespeare 101 Bespoke Shakespeare focuses on specific plays. Students start the workshop playing with carefully chosen lines from the given text and end by performing a very condensed version of the whole play. A great way to support an English class, introduce a unit or just play with the text while exercising their acting chops. Let me know which play you you want to play with! Photo: ISTA Festival - Dresden International School, Germany
Recognise it. Own it. Control it. Destroy it. We know it when we see it but are we guilty of it. By playing with the worst habits and bad choices actors make we can embrace them, laugh at them and with any luck avoid them in the future. This workshop is ideal for High-school students but works with Middle School as well. Photo: Matthew Godfrey, ISTA TaPS, Ripley Greer Studios, New York, USA.
It’s all gibberish. Communicating in the Clown world is exactly the same as what Sanford Meisner referred to as “living truthfully in imaginary circumstances”. This workshop brings these two theatre practices together to liberate the actor from their mask while giving the clown a voice. This workshop can be taken as an extension of Red Nose Clown or can be taken as an introduction to Meisner. Photo: HS students at International School of Beijing, China
There are no accidents on stage. The actor is always in control of the chaos and the audience cheers when the actor’s goal is achieved despite everything having gone wrong. This workshop will throw a monkey wrench into the simplest of tasks to ensure maximum chaos is encountered along the way to achieving a goal. Photo: Norbut Yetso experiencing Newtons 3rd Law of Physics.
Movement commands the audience’s attention. Entrances and Exits enhance the believability of character and story; support a scene; or detract.
A fully realized performance encompasses the character’s story before and story after from the audition process through performance. Actors need to make strong choices and discover a palate of essential motivations to come and go. Photo: HS students in Strasbourg, France