Spend some time in the idiot world of clown and physical comedy with one of Australia’s award winning comedic performers and teachers, Clare Bartholomew.

This workshop is for young performers wanting to have fun and be playful and explore their inner stupidity outwardly! You don’t need to have a history with clown, just be prepared to be silly, take risks and have some serious fun.

Childish, ridiculous, tragic, naughty, naive, sometimes angry, yet forever optimistic, clowns long for their chance to be in the spotlight and ultimately ‘save the show!’

We will focus on:

  • Your solo presence
  • Practicing the joy of being ‘seen’ by the audience
  • Ensemble playfulness and small provocations for duos, trios and more
  • Exploration of classic physical comedy scenarios, improvisations, games, exercises

Saturday 11 July (next week!)

Kids (8-15yrs): 10am – 1pm
Teen & Adult (13+): 2pm – 5pm

Price: $40


Clare has taught clown and physical comedy extensively around Australia for over twenty years. As well as her own workshop series she also has been a guest teacher at The Victorian College of the Arts, specialist clown teacher for the John Bolton Theatre School, Victoria University, Mullumbimby and Tasmania Circus Festivals’, Latrobe University and for Circus Oz and Women’s Circus Melbourne, to name a few. She has also ran workshops in the US and Canada.

Clare has been performing, writing, directing and producing new work in Australia and internationally for over 20 years. As an outside eye, and mentor she has consulted on shows for numerous theatre and circus companies. As a performer her work has been nominated for 17 Greenroom Awards – winning 3, she has also been the recipient of a Melbourne Comedy Festival Foreign Exchange Award, a Moosehead Comedy Award and a British Council Oz Export Award and nominated for a Barry Award in Melbourne and a Total Theatre Award in Edinburgh.

She is a co-creator and performer with WE3 who made the dark clown show, The Long Pigs, a member of the clown slapstick ensemble The Business and is most well known for being the co-creator and writer of the multi-award wining Berliner comedy/cabaret rock duo Otto & Astrid – Die Roten Punkte that has toured all over the world (from Soho Theatre in London to Barrow Street Theatre, Off Broadway NY).

Most recently in 2020 Clare visited LA and Denver with two shows at The Lyric Hyperion, Otto & Astrid’s Rock n Roll Explosion (Die Roten Punkte), and a work in progress showing of new physical comedy work, The Anniversary and ran workshops in clown and physical comedy.