Do that funny thing you do!

by Tara Brodin | 1 April 2014

I believe that my job is to keep my students playing.

An extract from Tara’s thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Practice; University of Alberta; 2013

Tara’s thesis was created for novice or experienced teachers and directors of clown and physical comedy who are seeking practical techniques and new or reliable exercises to unlock the comedic potential in their students or actors. Below is an extract from Tara’s thesis – the introduction. We’ve also included a few taster activities at the end; so you can see the practical nature of her work and the value this book will have for classroom practice.


The book will be divided into six sections:

Building the ensemble

Warm ups and play

Impulse and complicité


Physical comedy



Tara is currently looking to publish the book in the near future – so keep your eyes open, and we’ll announce when it’s on sale and ready for purchase.





Clowns and their reputation


It was a humid and mosquito-plagued night at an outside ‘Bring Your Own Venue’ at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival in July, 2009.

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