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Course overview

Experience the creative possibilities of clown work and add variety and freedom to your physical expression on this playful course. Clown work can encourage confidence, develop trust in your impulses, and bring the joy of laughter to your audiences. You'll learn warm-up exercises and explore play tasks, comedy craft, devising, text work and solo and group work.

What will I learn on this course?

  • How to be open and present and to trust impulses and spontaneity
  • How to use rhythm, simplicity and connection to create magic and laughter for audiences
  • How to enter the ‘play state’ of clown work.  

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Anyone interested in exploring comedy or being more playful
  • Anyone considering applying for drama school
  • Anyone looking to open up or refresh their physicality and imagination.

Entry requirements

  • There is no selection process for this course, if you feel this course is suitable for you and have read all the information on this webpage, then please proceed to booking.
  • Participants must be over 18 and have fluent, confident use and knowledge of the English language.

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Course information

What are the Terms and Conditions of my booking?

You can read the full Terms and Conditions here.

Will there be anything I need to prepare before the course starts?

There will be no preparation before the course starts.

Is there any work to do outside of class time?

Some preparation/reading may be required between classes.

What’s included in the fee?

The fee covers the cost of your tuition for the times advertised above and any materials essential to the course (and not specified here as materials you need to provide yourself). The fee does not include any meals or accommodation.

RADA cannot provide written references for Short Course participants.

What materials or equipment do I need?

You need to wear loose clothing that you can move in freely, socks or soft-soled shoes, and a water bottle.

For the first class, please bring the following:

  1. an object - nothing precious or breakable, nothing too specific (i.e. a wooden spoon is good, a battery-operated toy car is not)
  2. A jacket or coat, a bag and an umbrella.

Please note:

  • A jacket or coat: you'll be playing and twisting it around with it so don't bring your best coat!
  • A bag: make sure there is nothing precious inside - a satchel is good, a plastic bag will suffice.
  • An umbrella: can be standard or folding - there can be more possibility with a traditional stick umbrella. If you don't have an umbrella, bring something a similar shape which is not breakable.

I have a disability or access requirement – can reasonable adjustments be made?

We are able to make reasonable adjustments to our training where possible. Many of our courses are highly practical. Most involve movement and some may include work on the floor. You may also be asked to read from various texts. If you have access requirements and/or require more information on access and facilities in our RADA buildings, please email

Are there any funding or payment plans available?

There are no RADA Scholarships available for Short Courses. We cannot offer payment plans, and full payment is required to secure your place on a course.

Can RADA provide accommodation?

We are unable to provide accommodation for RADA Short Courses.

Please note that in the event of cancellation, RADA can accept no liability for any costs you may already have incurred; and we strongly recommend you purchase insurance cover for any travel or accommodation booked before the start of the course.

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes. A Certificate of Completion is available for this course. Certificates are awarded to students who had no unexcused absences or lateness and operated within the obligations laid out in the Terms and Conditions.

Does the course count towards University credits?

There are no University Credits associated with this course.

What is the attendance policy?

Our attendance policy can be read within our Terms and Conditions. 100% attendance and punctuality are expected for all classes.

How do I register for an in-person course?

You will be providing most of the information we need when you fill in your application form or information form.

On the first day of your course, you will be asked to arrive at RADA up to 30 minutes before the start of your first session, and you need to bring a copy of your passport, and, if applicable, evidence of your right to join a short course in the UK.