About Me

Since leaving college with a drama degree and then a years training at Fool Time (Centre for circus skills and performing arts) she has worked in the community sharing her skills and developing her experience (now of over 25 years)

Chris has been lucky to have trained with: Jonathan Kay, John Lee, Philippe Gaulier, Frankie Anderson, Slava Polonin, Augusto Boal, Gerry Flannagan, Didier Danthois, Rachel Caine, John Quinn and Moshe Cohen.

Chris has worked in Africa with an African theatre company and is currently performing as part of Greenfingers Productions (a multi- sensory theatre company for children, young people and adults with profound and multiple learning difficulties) and works as a clown doctor for Suffolk Artlink in hospitals and hospices.

My clown is very gentle, not in your face clown, sometimes can be on the edge but always respectful to the individual, showing honour and integrity. I do not wear make up just a red nose, what is most important is the connection.

The clown gives us permission to be silly to reclaim our right to have more fun, humour, laughter, smiles and light in our lives. Clowning can be a tool to enrich communities and to help create a positive difference to our changing world.

I was originally inspired by Nola Rae and the Chinese State Circus and now the amazing work of Patch Adams and clowns sense frontiers. In my workshops I like to provide a range of activities to empower, inspire, motivate and enthuse. The workshops are interactive and inclusive as well as being informal. Supportive and fun.

Chrisalis Clowning is keen to develop innovative projects through the art of clowning and circus skills that make a difference to individuals lives and their communities.

Eg some of the projects I have been involved with :

  • Cross generational- young people work on a piece to share at a local old folks home

  • Young offenders rechannell their energy from stealing cars to riding unicycles

  • Young people’s circus troupe performed a unicycle joust and stilt warrior dance at a local history re-enactment

  • Men in prison have learnt to stilt walk and juggle

  • Using masks , circus skills and co-operative games for staff development and team building