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When the Clown meets the Mask ????                           ‘PLAY” taking pleasure in an activity.

Saturday 23rd March 2019  at ‘Playworks’ Nottingham

Angela Hayes and Amanda Scofield, who are ‘the red herrings’   joined me, Stephen Jon Mask-Maker to play and share skills and experiences. This is continuing action research into the links between Comedy,  Clown and Mask.  We invited 11 associates from the physical theatre world to join us in this exploration.                                                               We payed specific  reference to:                                                                                                Safety and Play: our professionalism and experience makes us safe.    The mask and noses contribute by defining the ritualised space/ the play space/ the safe space /the theatrical space, where anything can happen.                                                                                                          Ensemble: The Individual and the Herd. Looking at how we establish and maintain trust and awareness of our co-conspirators. So much pleasure in playing in a gang.      Character and non-naturalistic theatre. A magnifying glass onto real /authentic expressions of relationships and emotion.

Release        Access         Pleasure         Improvisation           Visceral         Transgress

Clown           Mask            Play                 Embodiment             Naivety           Freedom

Some of the masks, we used. Noses, Quarter Masks, Half Masks and Full Face Masks

We want to do more of this ……..  What will come next ?  …….

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Now fully painted and photographed  in action

Following last Saturday exploring with professional chums and finding some character within these masks.                    Looking for the pleasure in our action and finding  Play.

Photographs with many thanks to Mark Curwood and for a fun morning of reflection and laughter.                                                                                                      To be continued.

It may be that I have finished the Willow Pattern Drawing, at least for now.  I have started some more circle drawings.       ‘Plates’ is the working title for this series.        Other words have fallen into my mind as I do this: Tondo, Hole, Eclipse, Oracle, Orbit, Cyclone, Pointe, Full stop, Eye, Sphere. Growth, Wheel, pin-prick. Navel, Breast, Samples………  Working in a variety of scales, still all in charcoal and pushing my current technique of using resists and stencils. Some freehand work to be done.

I do love painting. The Finishing of masks is just about my favourite part of the mask making process. Therefore, now I am setting myself this challenge, to paint for the sake of painting.  I shall use this 3D triptych as the blank ground for painting. I just don’t know what it will be, certainly not decorative and not my familiar mask technique of exaggerating the underlying  form.  So lets see.  I have always been particularly impressed by the way in which ceramic artists are able to paint/draw directly onto a 3D surface. And of course, cave painters did the same, on bare rock AND in the dark.

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