with Jeromaia Detto

Clowns make people laugh, it's their job. What makes them so special though? Clowns are sensitive, playful and optimistic. They explore through vulnerability and discomfort, creating a space where audiences can dream.

"When people laugh, your clown is near to you" - Philippe Gaulier

Improv and Clown pair very well as art forms. They are very close and both practices can help the other. In this 8-week course students will expand their improv tool-belt to incorporate the philosophies of clown and explore a variety of tools and techniques to be lighter, playful and more free on stage.

The course will begin with a look at 'Le Jeu' (the game) focusing on play, pleasure and complicité. The second half of the course will uncover a range of clowning techniques including, fixed point, the flop, finding the idiot within, discovering the pleasure to lie and creating a simple routine. On the last day of the workshop, students will present a small showcase of the work they have done. 

Prerequisites: Impro Melbourne’s completion of our core courses (SpontaneityNarrative TechniqueCharacter Scene Work), or equivalent impro experience as determined by the Artistic Director. 




Questions? Contact our workshop co-ordinator Katherine.

Age requirement: 18 and over. Please see our Impro in Schools programs for anyone under 18.

Workshop Details

Dates & Times

October 27 – December 1, 2022
Thursdays 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Course of 6 classes


$399.00 full
$369.00 concession

Prices in AUD, GST included


Impro Melbourne Main Theatre
21-23 Stanley St, West Melbourne

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Jeromaia Detto is a Sydney born improviser and clown who has been studying and performing across the globe for almost a decade

Read Jeromaia Detto’s full biography