Ackerman, D. (1999). Deep Play

Brown, S. & Vaughn, C. (2009). Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Ehrenriech, B. (2007). Dancing in the streets: A collective history of joy

Hyde, L. (1998). Trickster Makes this World

Levine, P. & Maté, G. (2010). In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

Maté, G. (2004). When the body says no: The cost of hidden stress

Miler, H. (1948). The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder

Nakmanovitch, S. (1990). Free play: Improvisation in life and art

Siegel, D. (2010). Mindsight


Polunin, Slava – written interview of Slava Polunin, a Russian Clown

Gibbs, Sam – Gibbs writes about Lecoq and Gaullier’s relationships to play

Gray, Peter – The Play Deficit

Graeber, David – What’s the Point if We Can’t Have Fun

Thesis Extract:

This is an extract pulled from the introduction of my thesis which considers embodiment, play and clowning.

“The Space Between: My Rediscovery of Play as an Adult through Clowning”

Extract from thesis


Play / Mountain has a lot of resources on play, humour, clown, etc.

Gwen Gordon on Play has lots of great resources and articles

The Way of Improvisation: A Resource for the Thoughtful Improvisor


New Shoes: Today’s Clowns in Europe

Seriously: A Movie About Play


Lynda Barry: Writing to Remember, Lynda Barry, a graphic-novelist, talks about play, art, specificity, memory

Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are: Wonderful TED talk

A Trickster’s Theory of Everything: Emily Levine: In this TED talk Emily Levine discusses the political correctness of humour, beauty, subject/object relationships, the trickster, and change, among other things.

The Empathic Civilization: RSA Animate: Empathy and Neuro-science

Mump & Smoot: A wonderful Canadian Clown Duo

Rhonda Blair: Theater & Cognitive Neuroscience: This is a fantastic video looking at how neuroscience relates to the inter-play between acting, ideas of self, imagination, and action.

Chris Bliss: This is your brain on comedy An exploration of the sociology and neuroscience of humor, the alchemy of laughter, and why honesty and integrity are at the heart of good comedy.

John Cleese: A Lecture on Creativity A brilliant talk on light bulb jokes, creativity, play, time, space, and humour.

Tom Waits reading “The Laughing Heart” by Bukowski and Bono reading “Roll the Dice”

Keith Johnstone: Interview #1, Fear and Risk

Stuart Brown: Play is more than just fun A TED talk by a leader in play research