In this video masterclass Oxford Playhouse looks to introduce theatrical clowning as a level of play, where boundaries are broken and mistakes are eagerly encouraged.

Skills and exercises covered are designed to support those who are developing and chipping away at their craft as an artist, practitioner or facilitator. Mark also offers insight based on his experience of using clowning for engagement with young people.

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About Mark Curtis

Mark trained at Mountview Academy for Performing Arts in London before moving on to obtain a degree in Performing Arts and Creative Process from De Montfort University Leicester. Mark later moved to Paris and trained under the tutelage of Philippe Gaulier at his prestigious school École Philippe Gaulier.

Mark’s work with his company Small Nose is based around his continuing journey and fascination in going beyond the limit.

Do you know the quote? ‘In order to find new horizons, you must first have the courage to lose sight of the shore.’ Mark lives by this!

For more information on Small Nose, please visit

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