News: Finding your Funny with new Phoenix Futures programme

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9 April 2015

Finding Your Funny is a unique opportunity for people in recovery to attend a 6 day workshop run by the theatre company Spymonkey.

Spymonkey are clowns, but not of the red nose, squirty flower variety! They use clowning as the backbone of their work, with a belief that laughter is a tonic to overcome hardships and move forward.

Petra Massey, from Spymonkey, has developed a 6 day programme aimed at anyone in stable recovery from drugs or alcohol. Petra will work on techniques that build your confidence, optimism, and creativity, and tap into what makes us laugh and why… finding your funny. These techniques will be explored through games, improvisation, writing, and music, but mostly by having lots of fun in an absorbing and caring atmosphere.

The project is open to anyone within London who would like to build their confidence and explore their inner funny in a safe and imaginative environment.

Who are Spymonkey?

Spymonkey are a vibrant, unique theatre company who were founded in 1997 by Toby Park, Petra Massey and Aitor Basauri. They have worked all over the world, bringing their hilarious take on clowning to audiences from Cirque Du Soleil, Las Vegas, to Sydney Opera House.

In addition to their work as performers, the company’s international training workshops are in high demand. Petra Massey is a teacher and a director, and has taught clown and theatre devising around the world for both professionals and non-professionals. This is Petra’s first time working with Phoenix Futures and together we hope to develop an ongoing programme that is fun, supportive, and highly creative.

For more information on dates and location visit the Find Your Funny event page or contact Emily Hamilton on

Finding Your Funny is part of the Recovery in the Community programme funded by The Big Lottery Fund.

Phoenix Futures is a registered charity in England and Wales (No 284880) and in Scotland (No SCO39008); Company Limited by Guarantee Number 1626869; Registered Provider of Social Housing with Homes England (H3795).