Suitable for the enthusiastic student of visual comedy, professional or amateur, who is reasonably fit and not afraid to move.
As a part of this year’s Clown Platform and Zagreb Clown Festival, we are thrilled to announce a masterclass by Nola Rae:
A comedian tells a joke. The clown is the joke.
Nola’s workshop will be an insight into how to work without text, paying special attention to the rhythm of movement and how to move the body to express ideas physically, with maximum clarity. The aim will be to build a character that is not trying to be funny, but just is.
All parts of the body (and mind) will come into play. There will be improvisation, silly dance, choreography, fancy footwork and of course the art of mime. Language will be discouraged, but not necessarily sounds. Students will have the chance to discover aspects of the clown that are universal, as well as exclusive to themselves.Students must wear loose fitting clothes and flexible shoes. Bring one juggling ball. Red noses optional.
Born in Sydney, Nola Rae immigrated to London in 1963. Trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, she danced at Malmö Stadsteater and at Tivoli Pantomime Theatre in Copenhagen before turning to mime, studying with Marcel Marceau in Paris. In 1974 she founded the London Mime Theatre with her partner Matthew Ridout and premiered her first solo show in France at the Nancy Festival in 1975. To date Nola has toured her work to 69 countries. As a director she has created many full-length comic dramas including several tragedies as comedies in Norway and Sweden and as a teacher, has lead mime and clowning workshops worldwide. Nola instigated the London International Mime Festival which has presented ground breaking visual performance since 1977. In 2008 she was appointed an M.B.E. for her services to Drama and to Mime by Queen Elizabeth.
– 12-14 May 2022
– six hour a day (including lunch break)
– to apply, please send a short bio to
– participation fee 150 Euros
* food and accommodation not included