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 Back by popular demand: 
'How To Be A Stupid'  
And Introducing a BRAND NEW workshop: 
'How To Be Even More Of A Stupid' 

'How To Be A Stupid'  
**Back by popular demand** 

11th - 22nd January 2016 (days off 16th and 17th) |  9am - 6pm |  £600
Venue: in London (tbc)
For more info and an application form, please email 


'Clowning offers to the theatre practitioner an immense spectrum of new possibilities, a freedom that we can't find in any other art form.'

Angela de Castro's world-renowned How To Be A Stupid workshop is a space for discovery, where participants can dedicate themselves to the art of clowning, experience the freedom that comes with serious play and lay the foundations for successful future clowning projects. 

For those already clowns, this process helps them find truthfulness and depth in their clowning, encompassing the tragic as much as the comic. For actors and other performers, this process helps make performing more real, more individual, more joyful. For beginners and those who just want an experience of personal development, the course is a transformatory journey of discovery. 

Entering the world of the clown is an invitation to lose yourself; to delve deeper into the universe that your clown persona inhabits and to see the world through new eyes. For your performance to have resonance and truth - and to be ultimately rewarding - it needs real depth. How To Be A Stupid takes you into a space where you find and develop that depth in a very safe environment. 

This is a demanding process. The art of clowning requires courage, discipline and perseverance. This well-crafted programme, led by the highly experienced clown and teacher Angela de Castro, guides participants into a deep exploration of The State of Clown and The Clown's Intelligence, it's maintenance, and the development of a clown persona that is unique to the individual. The state of clowning, created during the workshop, enables participants to be truly be in the moment, responding to the stimulus around you, free from the constraints of social conventions.  

For de Castro, it is fundamental that the state of clown and the clown persona are explored fully in order to encourage, inspire and support the development and creation of successful clown acts and performances. This isn't 'instant clowning', but 10 days of serious and enjoyable work to develop the strong foundations of a clown persona, its intelligence and the confidence to use the unlimited power of imagination and creativity. 

By the end of this workshop you will have:

"All the best universities, theatre and circus groups, arts centres, festivals from every continent around the world continue to request A de Castro's workshop because it really delivers. Don't lose the chance of getting a place on her course? For me, it was brilliant. If I was you, I would call now!"
Guiherme Miranda, Composer, Musician, Actor, Clown
"De Castro is the most focussed teacher I have worked with. Her energy, focus and attention are always on full, no matter how demanding or exhausting the work. This course made me feel open to the possibilities of the world and my possibilities in it in a way no other training has done. Do this course and you will be changed. At the finish you will be a different person to the one you were at the beginning." 
Louise Peacock, Senior Lecturer of Hull University and author of the book 'Serious Play'

This is a very popular workshop. 
Angela de Castro works only with a small group of participants.
Early booking is highly recommended.
For more information and an application form, please email: 

'How To Be Even More Of A Stupid' 
**Advanced exercises for experienced clowns**   
25th to 29th January 2016  |  9am - 6pm |  £350
Venue: in London (tbc) 
For more info and an application form, please email 
New for 2016: Angela de Castro's 5 day advanced clowning workshop!

This workshop does what says on the tin! 

The state of clown is like a muscle that needs to be exercised; the more practice and training a performer has, the stronger the results. Through the advanced exercises at this course, experienced clowns and actors who use clowning on their work, can stretch themselves to improve their 'clown-fitness' and make them better prepared to deal with even more challenging clown scenarios. 

This unique workshop is specifically for experienced performers who take stupidity very, very seriously. Attendees will be able to work alongside performers of the same level while exploring a range of advanced techniques and improvisation scenarios. 

De Castro's structured approach focuses specifically on the areas that are most challenging for the professional performer. By focusing on imagination, playfulness and the pleasure to be present, every section of the workshop has real practical lessons that can be applied to the clown's existing performances and help structure the development of new ones. It is a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding week of work for those who put their all into being seriously silly. 

Especially for experienced clowns, this is a real platform for those who take fun (and stupidity) very, very seriously. Filled with a mix of exercises, advanced techniques and improvisation scenarios, it's an opportunity to train and play with performers of the same level. 

'De Castro's gift is in bringing to the fore the sometimes very quiet voice at the centre of the artist's being and expressing that. In an atmosphere as serious as it is playful, laughter and discipline lead to a connecting with inner truth and the principles at the heart of acting and of communicating with an audience. Experience the invigorating presence of an experienced performer who lives to share the joy and simplicity of the clown form and how it can so usefully relate to the art of acting." 
Stephen Wisker, Actor, Director, Storyteller, Ukulele-ist 

'A teacher, a Master Clown, who is very delicate - who respects the performer in front of her and takes care to take you on the best path, so you do not expose yourself unnecessarily... A director who helps performers build and deliver their scenes with confidence.'  
Michelle Silveira, Clown; Editor, 'Women Clowns Magazine

For more information and an application form please email:

Your Teacher

Photo by Darius Amini

One of the most-loved and respected theatre clowns, Angela de Castro is internationally recognised as a Master Clown teacher, performer and director. She has extensively toured in her own shows, notably her seminal work 'The Gift'; as well as in other productions, such as the Olivier Award-winning 'Slava's Snowshow', in which she created the 'Green Clown'. Other performing credits include 'Under Glass' with Clod Ensemble (Sadler's Wells), 'The New Tenant' (Young Vic) and most recently, 'Treasure Island' (National Theatre). She is International Fellow in Clowning (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); and one of the six, first 'Dream Time' Award Fellows (NESTA).