After getting to observe the work in Argentina, and reflect more deeply on our role in hospitals as Clowndoctors, I realised Maybee was in serious need of a makeover...
Maybee used to wear an outfit inspired by the Bumblebee. While this was child friendly, I always felt that it was too much in the realm of a 'party clown' costume for my taste. You couldn't get away with it as an outfit walking down the street. Becasue it was silly, there was also an expectation for me to be silly - making my job harder!
Now, I am much happier. For me, the parody of the Clowndoctor is stronger now. Maybee is firmly in the Theatre Clown tradition in this outfit. When she makes mistakes it is more of a surprise, and more funny. As a performer, I feel more at home.
Hearts & Minds has also had a makeover! They have moved office, and updated their website. It looks great - check it out www.heartsminds.org.uk
I am a therapeutic clown and performer. Writing here is part of my wider practice and maybe some of my thoughts will trigger some thoughts of your own and I hope that helps.