Workshops / Garage of Broken Stupid Ideas – Spit ’n Polish Salon

Garage of Broken Stupid Ideas – Spit ’n Polish Salon

(Sketch performance)

Friday 12th March, 6pm (UK) duration 45 mins

Pay what you can

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In the depths of Lockdown 1.0 we started the Garage of Broken Stupid Ideas, which encouraged artists to come along and get their broken, stupid ideas up on the blocks, and let chief mechanics Aitor Basauri and Toby Park have a good old tinker around. The response to this from the artists was tremendous. After this followed a festival of work using the same principles – to see if we could actually get the ideas started and take them for a test drive.

And now comes the ‘Spit ’n Polish Salon’. 

For the past couple of months, we have been working with the physical comedy artists who took part in our 2020 Clown Creation School. Artistic Directors Toby and Aitor have run online ‘garage’ sessions, mentoring 5 different acts – solos, duos and bigger groups – to develop concise comedy & clown routines for Zoom. As before, we’ve set the typical length of a pop song as our target: 3.5 minutes.

Working within the constraints of a 3-and-a-half minute zoom performance has shone a sharp light on the core principles of how to make physical comedy work: the rule of ‘KISS’ (Keep It Simple Stupid), immediacy, playing the game, comedic narrative and storytelling.

Hosted by Spymonkey’s Toby Park and Aitor Basauri, the 5 new acts will roll their ideas out into the Spit ’n Polish Salon. Tickets are reservable – there’s an opportunity to make a ‘pay what you like’ donation to our Brassmonkey Bursary award, encouraging diversity in physical comedy and clown.

***please note: May contain some grown up funnies, not for the easily offended***

The performance will take place on Zoom.