Men in slap – The Henry Brothers’ favourite facepainting

The Henry Brothers are known in the Turkish ELT community for our active conference plenaries. We like to make the audience get up and jump around, which with a little laughter thrown in we hope will raise energy levels in what can be a long day of workshops and lectures.

We also like to dress up and wear face paint. This can be the moustache and goatee beard look we wear when doing our Poetry Jam …..

….or the mime artist look we use for workshops on non-verbal communication…

For comparison here is the look as worn by the great 20th century mime artist, Marcel Marceau….

Marceau’ character Bip the Clown was derived from the long tradition of circus clowning and the classic clown look shown here by the great Albert Fratellini.

You can find more about him and other great clowns from the past, along with ideas for skits and routines of your own at the Clown Ministry website. For more information and resources for mime activities visit this blog from the Resource Centre of the Lincoln Center in New York .

The Henrys are also big fans of the British tradition of Morris dancing, folk dancing performed in the streets while shouting and waving big sticks and swords. It’s very noisy so you can understand why Paul and John like it, and in some parts of Britain Morris Men traditionally paint their faces too.

See this wikipedia article for more pictures and links to video clips of Morris dancing.


About The Henry Brothers

We are English teachers involved in ELT publishing in Turkey, and also touring the country giving workshops and presentations to English teachers, mainly on the use of poetry, storytelling and other lively activities in the classroom. We can be contacted by e-mail to or
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