Clowns in Shakespeare

Grades 11 to 12
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Appearing in most of Shakespeare’s dramas, the clown or fool figure remains one of the most intriguing stage characters in the Shakespearean oeuvre and has frequently captured the interest of contemporary critics and modern audiences. Taking many forms, Shakespearean fools may be generally divided into two categories: the clown, a general term that was originally intended to designate a rustic or otherwise uneducated individual whose dramatic purpose was to evoke laughter with his ignorance; and the courtly fool or jester, in whom wit and pointed satire accompany low comedy.

This workshop is specifically designed for Shakespeare’s clowns: weaving comic business in and around the words, but always inspired by the words themselves – it’s all there in the text. 

Devised by: Clint Bolster
Directed by: Clint Bolster

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“It gives me great pleasure to recommend Clint Bolster to you. I have known Clint for 14 years now and have observed his work as a professional practitioner and as a tutor at QUT.

As a practioner, Clint is one of the most versatile, gifted and skilled performers in Shakespeare, Commedia, Clown, Mask and Physical Comedy. I believe his experience working and training overseas has much to do with this. Clint’s expertise is at a very high level and from the first time I saw him work and witnessed how professional his outlook was, I encouraged him to seek overseas experience. Through his theatre company Homunculus, Clint has invigorated the Australian Theatre Community with his own unique brand of comedy.

Clint has been tutoring in my Performing Skills Unit at QUT for the past 3 years and the students have found him to be one of the best tutors they have ever experienced. This is attested in his high ranked teaching evaluations and written comments. He is an extremely dedicated and professional teacher who brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the students. Not all practioners can teach: Clint is an exception to this rule! “★★★★★

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