Clown Lab with Clare Bartholomew

Dates & Price

Friday 2 – Sunday 4 July 2021

9.00am – 5.00pm
Class will start at 9.30am, you will have thirty minutes for a personal warm up

Mickey Ashton Studio
Flying Fruit Fly Circus
605 Hovell St, South Albury

For artists 16 years and over

Early Bird $330.00
(book your spot by 31 May)
Late Bird: $380.00



Spend three days in the beautiful and idiot world of clown and physical comedy with one of Australia’s award-winning vaudevillians, Clare Bartholomew.

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!’

Why does it work and why is it so damn hard sometimes? Sometimes it is as easy as one, two, three. Investigate comic formula at this physical comedy workshop intensive.

Clown Lab will focus on:

  • Your solo presence
  • Your own relationship with clown and showing your inner stupidity
  • Practicing the joy of being ‘seen’ by the audience
  • Ensemble playfulness and complicite
  • Small provocations for group devised tasks (duos, trios and more)
  • Exploration of classic physical comedy scenarios, improvisations, games, exercises
  • The interrogation and deconstruction of the formulas of physical comedy

Clown Lab is for performers with some experience and open to anyone from a variety of performance backgrounds. You don’t need to have a history with clown, just be prepared to be silly, take risks and have some serious fun.


All About Clare Bartholomew

Clare has been performing, writing, directing and producing new work in Australia for over 20 years and has taught clown and physical comedy extensively around Australia, US and Canada. She 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’, University of New Mexico, Circus Oz and The Women’s Circus to name a few. Clare has worked as a Clown Doctor in hospitals for the past 22 years and runs regular training programs for Clown Doctors nationally.

Clare is most well known for being the co-creator and writer of the multi award-winning Berliner comedy/cabaret rock duo Otto & Astrid – Die Roten Punkte that has toured internationally 23 times everywhere from Soho Theatre in London to Barrow Street Theatre Off Broadway NY and has co-hosted the infamous Haus Party for the last 12 years.

“Astrid (Clare Bartholomew) is a crisp-eating comedy powerhouse. She is a superb clown. Everything about her is funny.”  – Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

As an outside eye, and mentor she has consulted on shows for numerous theatre and circus companies including Circus Oz, Hannah Gadsby and directed multi award winning Fringe Wives Club’s Glittery Clittery. She is a co-creator and performer with WE3 who made the dark clown/bouffon show The Long Pigs and a member of the clown slapstick ensemble, The Business. Most recently Clare toured to LA and Denver with Otto & Astrid’s Rock n Roll Explosion and a new physical comedy work, The Anniversary.