One Day Workshop Pass – £45

Two Day Workshop Pass – £80

Classes – £5 (or free with workshop on same day)

SPECIAL OFFER: all 9 days of workshops, classes & Comedy Conference pass – £325

All workshops held at Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX



FRI 20TH MAY 1-2.30pm
To Be Or Not To Be An Idiot – Spymonkey (UK)

Spymonkey have been leading workshops in their unique method of clown comedy for the last 15 years.

In this workshop you will have fun, play scenes and experience complicity with the audience and with other performers. You will enjoy being the unique idiot that only you can be!

NB: you will be asked to learn a short excerpt before the workshop.

This is in conjunction with Spymonkey’s performance of The Complete Deaths at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse in May.

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SAT 21ST MAY 10am-5pm
Moving Presence through Failure – Deborah Black/Mary Pearson (USA)

An alchemy of perspectives: Viewpoints improvisation opens up individual and collective choices using space and time, and FAILURE Lab draws from contact improvisation, comedy, voice, and continuous writing. Combining these approaches will heighten our sense of ‘here and now’, through choice-making in improvisation, and a critical awareness of popular culture. Deborah Black is an American dance and theatre artist, now based in the Netherlands. Mary Pearson is an interdisciplinary performance maker based in Liverpool.

Theatre Re-Workshop Image webSUN 22ND MAY 11am-5pm
From Actor to Mime – Theatre Re (International Ensemble)

This is an exciting and inventive insight into the work of Etienne Decroux (father of modern mime) and his assistants. From body articulation to counterweights, from dynamo rhythm to mobile statuary, participants will discover how to play their body like a violin, and how to be ready for action. Guillaume Pigé is the Artistic Director of Theatre Re, he has directed and performed in all the productions of the company to date, and is also an Associate Teacher at R.A.D.A.


SUN 22nd MAY 6-8pm (Followed by a performance jam) 
Impropriety – Improv

Impropriety, Liverpool’s premiere Improv Theatre Company, creators of theatrical events from pub improv nights to the annual marathon spectacular ‘Improvathon’, will teach the basics of Improv theatre, spontaneous, fun and energetic, then together we will perform an hour long public show created from nothing but suggestions and our wits.

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MON 23RD & TUE 24TH MAY 10am-5pm
Izumi Ashizawa – Japanese physical performance (USA/JAPAN)
Izumi Ashizawa is the artistic director of Izumi Ashizawa Performance, and a Professor of Directing and Devising Theatre at State University of New York at Stony Brook. Based on Japanese physical performance techniques, Ashizawa’s movement techniques are taught around the world. This two-day workshop will practice body-oriented routine exercises based on Japanese physical acting techniques and philosophy, and work with ensemble exercises in order to be able to heighten consciousness in “performance” body and communicate with others using your sixth sense on the stage.

boufant and art of play(2) webTUE 24TH MAY 6-8pm 
Bouffon and the art of play – Cabaret from the Shadows (UK)

Cabaret From The Shadows is an international ensemble of artists who all met at the renowned Philippe Gaulier school in France. Their show “Cabaret From The Shadows”, part of this year’s Physical Fest Programme, offers an electrifying blend of clowning and bouffon. This workshop focuses not only on clown and bouffon, but also takes theatre down to its foundation, as a game between the actors and                     the audience.

sean05WED 25th MAY 11am-5pm
What’s there to laugh about? – International Symposium on comedy

A day long event at Bluecoat questioning how humour is currently used in performance making, presenting and programming. See Events page for full information.


Jamie Wood webTHU 26TH MAY 11am–6pm
Clown – Jamie Wood (UK)

Jamie Wood encourages a playful supportive environment where you’re invited to drop all your defences for a bit and really go for it! Connect your body, your imagination and your voice and enjoy the laughter that is created. Emphasis is placed on openness, play, effortlessness and listening. “Such an inspirational pleasure to spend an afternoon watching Jamie Wood at work. He’s an astonishingly good, truly provoking teacher.” – Chris Goode

Jennifer Essex
FRI 27TH MAY 9-10am
Yoga for Movers – Jennifer Essex (CANADA)

Connect body, breath and voice with this Ashtanga-based yoga class lead by Tmesis performer Jennifer Essex. Moving fluidly through playful inversions and intense stretches this class builds strength, reduces tension, and focuses your mind. Originally from Canada, Jennifer is an Ashtanga Vinyasa 200hr RYT qualified instructor with a personal practice that spans over a decade.

She teaches and performs internationally and is a 2016 BENCH Fellow.

Hilary Chaplain Marshmallows
FRI 27TH MAY 10.30am–5pm
What makes it funny? – Hilary Chaplain (USA)

Internationally known Physical Comedian, Hilary Chaplain, will teach a workshop in “What makes it funny?” Exploring from a clown point of view, you will expand your physical vocabulary and develop tools for playing comedy using the techniques of slapstick, improvisation, partnership, comic timing, and accidents in solo, duo and group exercises.

Yael Karavan workshopSAT 28TH MAY 10am-5pm
The Body Speaks – Yael Karavan (ISRAEL/UK)
Serendipity – the performer’s pleasure – improvisation and presence. Drawing on elements of Dance, physical theatre, Butoh and mime, Karavan explores some of the key issues for the performer, and is offering a number of rich approaches for the creative process, rediscovering our ‘tool’ and the infinite possibilities that are hidden within ourselves. International award winning performer and director, Karavan shares over 20 years of experience.


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