Absurd 4

50mins + 10mins Q&A
Grades 9 - 12
Available Terms:
Terms 1 - 4
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Two Actors. Twelve Characters. Four Absurdist Plays.

Claude and Tina, an internationally acclaimed comedy duo from The United Kingdom Theatre For The Absurd Academy, are facilitating a lecture on four adaptions of 4

Absurdist Plays.

  • Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett.
  • The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter.
  • The Chairs by Eugène Ionesco.
  • Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco.

Learning Areas:

The Arts (Drama)

Strands: Developing an understanding of practices

Responding to and interpreting artworks

Humanities and Social Science (History)

  • World War II.
  • Rights and Freedoms.
  • Popular culture.


  • Language for interaction.


  • Absurdism.
  • Contemporary Clowning.
  • Physical Theatre and Comedy.
  • Improvisation.

Themes and Contexts:

  • Creativity and Imagination.
  • Transformation.
  • Roles and Relationships.
  • Play.
  • Audience Engagement and Interaction.

Devised by: Clint Bolster and Lauren O’Rourke.
Directed by: Clint Bolster

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Staging Requirements:

  • An indoor venue guarantees a better and more intimate performance
  • Outdoor venue need minimum of one wall
  • 5x5m wide space (no power outlet is required)

"Thank you to Homunculus Theatre Co., Clint Bolster and Lauren who came this week to perform a show that demonstrated the post-WWII Theatre movement known as Absurdism. Both of you are brilliant clowns! Thanks for the black humour and physical gags too! The Classes 8-12 laughed heartily and enjoyed ‘Mandarin’ becoming part of the show along with Brendan Hook and Jan Baker-Finch who had starring cameos acting out a scene from an Absurdist drama, The Chairs. However it was Kai Haywood-Livingstone, armed with his trusty beanie, who stole the show as he improvised with Lauren a scene from Rhinoceros! Well done Kai! What a great drama-packed day of experiences!"★★★★★

- Samford Valley Steiner School, QLD

"Our students have not stopped raving about Homunculus Theatre Company's new touring production ABSURD4! ... particularly my year 11 students...we truly loved it! Clint Bolster and Lauren O'Rourke did such a phenomenal job where they absolutely provided my students with unlimited opportunities! Not only were they hysterical, and brilliant performers, but very educational too. It was such a relief to see year 9,10,11 and 12 loving every moment and to have an assessment piece become so enjoyable is such an asset!" ★★★★★

Pacific Pines State High School, QLD