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Course overview

Do you want to add variety and freedom to your physical expression and be more present? Experience the magical possibilities of clown work on this playful course.

Opening yourself up to clown work can encourage confidence, trust in your impulses, and can bring the joy of laughter to your audiences.

The course includes warm-ups, play tasks, insights into comedy craft, with some devising, work with text and opportunities to play solo and with others. The course ends with a fun, informal presentation.

The course is taught by RADA tutor Peta Lily: a director, theatre maker and performer whose early ground-breaking physical theatre work is cited in Routledge’s UK Mime and Physical Theatre Project by Mark Evans and Simon Murray.

Part of our Exploring Movement series of courses.

Entry requirements

  • No audition/some selection possible.
  • Applicants have to be 16+. There is no upper age limit on this course.
  • Applications by students between the ages of 16 and 17 may need additional references and will be given special consideration by the Course Director.
  • Please remember that, although there is no upper age limit, this is a physically demanding course. While any specific needs will be taken fully into account, participants must be reasonably fit.
  • Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • No need for prior experience.
  • Actors or directors looking for new approaches.
  • Those looking to free their physical expression.

Download an application form here.

Email your completed application to shortcourses@rada.ac.uk.

Frequently asked questions

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

Yes. A Certificate of Completion is available for this course, providing attendance has been fulfilled, and the student has adhered to Rules and Regulations of the Academy (see below).

Does the course count towards university credits?

There are no University Credits associated with this course.

What is the cancellation policy?

Once you are accepted onto the course - you will receive full details of our cancellation policy.

Once payment has been made, it is strongly recommended that all students insure themselves to cover the loss of fees in the event of illness, or accident for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.

What are the Rules and Regulations of the Academy?

By participating in the course you undertake to conform to the General Rules and Regulations of the Academy.

Students must understand, conform, and adhere to the Academy’s Health and Safety Procedures and Policies.

The Academy’s Principal or Course Director shall, at their absolute discretion, have the right to terminate the course in respect of any student whose presence or conduct is in contravention of the same.

Fees are non-returnable once a student has started a course.

If, for reason of epidemic or national crisis, the Academy is compelled to close during the course, no fees can be returned or compensation be made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry out its work.

Friends or other persons who are not officially enrolled are not permitted to sit in on classes, rehearsals, or presentations.

All students are expected to wear the correct and appropriate clothing for each class.

Students are expected to maintain a professional standard of dress and hygiene at all times.

Photography or recording of any kind is strictly prohibited in the classroom areas without permission from the Academy’s staff.

RADA does not discriminate against applicants on the grounds of sex, disability, ethnicity, or sexuality. We welcome applications from disabled people, and offer places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for the course. The school is housed in a recently-refurbished building which provides good access for wheelchair users.

Decisions made by the Academy regarding the selection of instructors, the allocation of students to study groups, the material for that study group, and any roles allocated are final and not open to negotiation.

It is important to note that the Academy does not accept responsibility for students beyond the scheduled teaching hours on the RADA premises.