Brassmonkey Bursary Scheme


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We are asking our supporters to help performers from diverse backgrounds to participate in our acclaimed clowning and business workshops.


Why is the Brassmonkey Bursary needed, and who is it for?


Having worked with performers and theatre makers in our shows, through our collaborations with other organisations, and our education and training work, we are aware of the lack of diversity in theatre, and within comedy performance in particular. Alongside this, the financial barrier to accessing professional development is a real obstruction for many people. We are therefore keen to play our part in addressing this, by offering two bursary places to people from diverse backgrounds and others who are under-represented on our stages. This could include (but is not exclusive of):


  • People of colour
  • People from non-British backgrounds
  • Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Queer people
  • Gender diverse people
  • People from working class / under-priveleged backgrounds
  • D/deaf and Disabled people (including hidden disabilities)
  • Neurodiverse people



It's All About the Money


We have already raised enough money to support one place as part of our 20th birthday celebrations in May 2019, but we want to be able to offer two!


We’re now fundraising for a further £1,200 which will:


  • Pay for a second place on the Clown Creation School in March 2020
  • Include a contribution to the cost accommodation so we’re able support someone from outside of London


If we are lucky enough to raise more than our target, we will offer further places for future Spymonkey workshops.


To donate please visit our Go Fund Me page

or email Emily Coleman directly on



Spymonkey are a not-for-profit company. We have existed since 1998 through a canny mix of creating and touring theatre, teaching, and consultancy. Aside from occasional project funding from Arts Council of England to support our live touring work, we receive no regular funding or subsidy.



About Spymonkey Workshops


Since our inception in 1998, Spymonkey have created some of the most outstandingly original theatre in Britain, drawing on the disciplines of clown, physical theatre and devised theatre.


We are committed to supporting the development of the next generation of comedy performers. Our professional training workshops are delivered by the artistic directors and associate artists in the UK and across the world. Participants develop techniques of clowning, comedy, devising and music theatre in a way which is transferrable to their own practice. We also offer practical sessions on the business of making and touring a show.


"Best workshop I've ever done. Safe but playing with risk. light but deep, and FUN! so much fun!" Amy Saunders / Miss Behave - performer (La Clique, La Soirée, MBGS Las Vegas)


"It was fantastically liberating. The workshop is about being yourself and tapping into what is uniquely funny about you." Liam Woodman writer, BBC1 Not Going Out


“If you ever get a chance to embark on a Spymonkey clowning workshop- be brave and jump at it - no red noses or big flappy feet required.” Gemma Rogers, singer/songwriter, performer


“This course will give you the insider tips and tricks to creating something joyful together. It changed my teaching and it changed my life.” Jess Gill, head of drama, St Mary's School Hertfordshire



Clown Creation School 2020


Our next Clown Creation School will take place between 2nd-20th March 2020 at Toynbee Studios in London.


This will be the second of our intensive three-week Clown Creation School, aimed at emerging and professional performers who would like to build on their clown and physical comedy work, and take it to the next level of production and performance. It will be led by Spymonkey artistic directors Aitor Basauri and Toby Park, long-standing associate Stephan Kreiss, and producer Emily Coleman.


We aim to build a strong ensemble dynamic, to encourage participants to go further and deeper into the work to explore new areas of comedic investigation, and to inspire and initiate new creative material and performing relationships that we hope will go on to flourish into the full glory of performance!


There will also be an opportunity to look at the basics of how to build a sustainable performing arts business with sessions on fundraising, budgeting and tour booking lead by our producer.


More details about the workshop on the event page here:

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