Physical Comedy Masterclass with Hilary Chaplain

What makes it funny? What makes it repeatable?


Join internationally acclaimed clown Hilary Chaplain in an intensive full day workshop to find out. This class will tackle those two questions while we explore physical comedy from a clown point of view. Expand your physical vocabulary, develop tools for playing comedy using the techniques of slapstick, improvisation, partnership, comic timing, and accidents in solo, due and group exercises. Through active games and dynamic exercises we will build short pieces of material using these skills. Performers of all levels and disciplines are welcome! (18 and older)


Taught by International performing and teaching artist, Hilary Chaplain

NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Big Apple Circus Hospital Clown Care Unit, Workshops taught at many festivals and and institutions worldwide.


It's £50 per person; to book your place please contact The Lyric: / 01308 423951 (please leave a message and we will get back to you). Please wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a packed lunch.



"That hour with you made ALL the difference. You are an incredible director and it was such an amazing experience for me to immediately sense your talent, and expertise and that I could really let go and trust what you had to say." Lara Lee Rasberry – Circus Contraption 

"I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops with Hilary. A really balanced mix of clown technique and physical comedy, I was able to work on my slap stick as well as my contact with the audience. The workshops were full of laughter and hard work - exactly the way it should be!"  Christina Knöbel, student in Vienna

"Really enjoyed the workshop - great, simple, always needed focus of listening for and growing the game WITH your partner FOR the audience. It was a good amount of risk for me too - started safe, got riskier, but never terrifying. Appreciated you framing the "taking steps forward" exercise as hard to do but good to learn from.” Sarah Peterseil - performer and co-founder of Under The Table, Hospital Clown, Big Apple Circus

"Hilary Chaplain is a brilliant teacher and performer, and her physical comedy class is AWESOME. She creates a friendly, fun, and hard working environment for people at many different levels of experience. If you want to grow as a physical performer and have your mind/body expanded in the process, run (or prat fall) there as soon as you can!” Cathy Rose Salit, our CEO and co-founder Performance Of A Lifetime

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Phone: 01308 423951

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