Laughter House “School’s Program”

Laughter House Entertainment offers an inspirational and exceptional specialist schools program. Laughter House creators Tamara Campbell and Dave Evans have accumulated decades of experience perfecting the scarce Australian resource of interactive, character driven physical comedy. Work made by actor creators – self devised theatre rather than scripted and directed works. Theatre that breaks the fourth wall, invites the audience to be part of the experience, a shared transformational experience. A style that throws back to the days of Variety, Vaudiville and Commedia Dell Arte, creating large physical characters that speak directly to the audience and often perform other physical skills as part of their performance. The style is inherently comedic and playfully subversive, allowing students to learn how to lace social comment into a comedy piece.

Our schools workshop program typically starts with a performance to “break the ice” and introduce the audience to the unique and hilarious world of Laughter House, the students are then given an intensive, on their feet workshop that compliments the curriculum being studied. We are usually asked to work with students on topics that relate to absurdist theatre, clown, physical theatre, improvisation, character creation, Melodrama, comedy, devised theatre, farce, vaudeville, slapstick, basic acrobatic movement, circus and street theatre.

Laughter House can work around the curriculum at any stage to incorporate relevant information and help “act out” any theory in a genuinely informative and hilarious half day of learning. We can also narrow in on specific skills, see our list below.

With an impressive CV spanning 3 continents, Laughter House Entertainment has honed their craft at some of the world’s most respected physical theatre institutions.

A Bachelor of Arts Communications in Theatre and Media from Bathurst’s Charles Sturt University, The Dell Arte School for Physical Theatre in California, The UK’s Circomedia and Circus Space, France’s Ecole Gaulier are all places where Laughter House have trained.

LHE is one of the few Australian based companies that specialize in interactive, character based, narrative driven comedy performance. With over 50 years of combined stage time in 37 countries, there really are very few companies in the world, let alone Australia that bring the expertise of Laughter House. Important to say that expertise is not just theoretical, Tamara and Dave have been full time performing artists for their whole working life. Laughter House offers a candid and real insight into what it is to tour the world performing.

Program includes:

45 min physical comedy show – including: (can be performed twice if numbers or timing requires)

  • Character based comedy
  • Status relationships
  • Slapstick
  • Contortion
  • Juggling
  • Acrobatics
  • Magic
  • Audience relationship and participation
  • Improvisation
  • Clown

2 x 45 min workshops can include (depending on curriculum):

  • Q&A about the performance
  • Warm up games
  • Character development
  • Physicalisation of emotional states – the spine
  • Physical comedy skills
  • Slapstick
  • Basic Acrobatics
  • Group acrobatics
  • Circus skills
  • Devising
  • Breaking the fourth wall
  • Character voice
  • Status and relationship
  • The powerful presence
  • The Actor Creator – devised scripts and character creation
  • Understanding the audience point of view
  • Comedy

54+ years

40 Countries

Over 1500 stages at over 1200 festivals around the world

5.2 million laughs

Two passionate people

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