Clowning & Slapstick Masterclass
With Scott Witt (Combat Circus)
Don’t be afraid. Forget floppy shoes, bad make up, oversized pants and Stephen King. This masterclass in contemporary physical comedy will help you unleash your inner idiot whilst developing skills in the unique art of knock-about slapstick.
Acclaimed comedy practitioner Scott Witt leads a 2-day intensive for performers of all levels – emerging performers, professionals, and teaching artists.
When: 20 & 21 October 2018, 9am – 4pm
Where: Flipside Circus Training Centre, 117 Mina Parade, Alderley
Cost: $250 (inc. GST)
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Book before 20 September 2018 for $210 (including GST)
Book online: trybooking.com/409688
Enquiries: Email or phone 0405 642 690.
More about the workshop from Scott Witt:
Slapstick, Physical Comedy or Knock-a-bout: regardless of the name, this traditional skillset is its own special and unique art. Developing the skills to do knock-about sequences – safely – is usually where actors are left to fend for themselves using a ‘make it up as we go along’ type mentality. This usually leads to injuries and accidents, or both!
During this masterclass I will be sharing what I have developed in over 30 years experience of teaching, directing and performing. We will work through a series of exercises that allow actors to understand the inherent dangers of slapstick and how best to prepare themselves for approaching this style of work. We will also look at the delicate (but highly addictive) world of the ‘red nose’ clown and how best to incorporate this style of clown into physical comedy.
The course will cater to all levels of experience and abilities – those who have done this work before and those who are fresh. In fact, if this is the kind of work you find difficult or confronting on a safety level, then I heartily recommend this course as the perfect place to explore and learn.
Facilitator biography –
Scott Witt is an award winning entertainment practitioner and educator. With a career spanning just over thirty years he continuously works in stage, television and film. Scott’s career embraces acting, adapting, writing, fight directing, directing, designing movement, physical dramaturgy, slapstick and clowning. His work has been seen with Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Griffin, Opera Australia, Merrigong Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre, Queensland Theatre Company, Zen Zen Zo, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, NORPA, square the circle, Bare Boards Productions, Queensland Performing Arts Trust, Kooemba Jdarra, Opera Queensland, Queensland Ballet, Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe, someone, JUTE, Tropicsun and many independent features and short films. Performances Scott has directed have played throughout Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Europe and Hong Kong. During 2002 and 2003 he was the Intern and Associate Director for the Queensland Theatre Company under Michael Gow. In 2004 Scott completed a Master in Fine Arts at Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology.
As a drama lecturer his skill base includes Acting, Clowning, Street Theatre, Improvisation, Creative State, Mask, Commedia, Stage Combat, Fighting for Camera and Slapstick. He has taught nationally and internationally. Between 2009 and 2016 he was lecturer in movement, improvisation and comedy at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and was resident lecturer at QUT from 1997 to 2009 in stage combat and clowning. He has also been a recipient of two Arts Queensland Grants and one Arts NSW Grant for the further development of Stage Combat and Fight Direction. In 2005 Scott received Arts Queensland Grant to stage his one man clowning show: Handyman. Scott received a Matilda Award for his Direction of Road to the She-Devil’s Salon at Queensland Theatre Company and Long Term Role as a Fight Director in 2003. His critically acclaimed adaptation and direction of Scapin (a co-production between Queensland Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australian) received a Mo Nomination in 2004 for Best Theatre Production of the Year. For his work in 2005 Scott received two Matilda Awards for Best Director (A Christmas Carol for Queensland Theatre Company) and Contribution to Queensland Theatre. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Paddy Crean Award for his Influence and promotion of the historical study of Stage Combat at the International level.
Scott has been the Artistic Director for the International Order of the Sword and the Pen since 2009. He was the President of the Society of Australian Fight Directors Incorporated from 1996 to 2007, a Honorary Member of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, Honorary Fight Director of Fight Directors, Canada, and a Honorary Fight Director of the Independent Fight Directors Guild of America. Scott is a proud platinum member of Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance since 1988.