Release into play, step into Clown state! There’ll be warm ups, play tasks. A variety of exercises and simple physical techniques in an inclusive, disciplined-yet-fun play space. Nourish your imagination, have fun playing with others, learn ‘secrets’ of audience engagement and laughter.

Who could benefit from this course?
This course is open to beginners in clown as well as ‘the more experienced idiot’. Good for actors, dancers, impro players, musicians, accountants, tree-surgeons … anyone who’d like to: refresh confidence, ignite imagination, open up playing range, extend physical expression, enhance their comedy skills and have fun doing it. There is some physical work, nothing too demanding. Beginners are given confidence and shown the way and more established performers/practitioners receive more challenge, are stretched and deepen skills. Lily has taught groups containing participants from 16 – 70 years of age.
Bring an open mind and come dressed ready for movement.

How does it work?
We come together as a group to learn, make mistakes and enjoy moments of inspiration!  There’s a warm-up each day and you will be guided through a variety of exercises. Participants attend all hours of the course, with maximum doing-time and variety to keep the energy fresh. Beginners learn and those with some experience get to refresh or deepen their skills and understandings. Taught via Zoom, the course covers: ways to enter Clown state, some physical comedy techniques, comedy craft techniques, release into play, play tasks, the principles of laughter creation and management, the secret role of rhythm and breath, audience engagement plus insights into the role of rhythm and breath work.

What do you gain?
You’ll open into the flexible mindset of the ‘Red Nose’ Clown – plus many or all of these:
• Confidence improved
• Playfulness released
• Physicality opened up
• Imagination opened up
• Permission to be and express a fuller spectrum of yourself
• Letting go of the habitual social self
• Greater understanding of the art of creating magic for an audience
• Improvisation skills and confidence increased
• Increased trust in spontaneity, being in the moment
• Increased ability to notice and work with impulses
• Increased trust to work from nothing
• Some comedy craft techniques
• Some useful mime techniques
• Voice and body expression connected
• Increased understanding of laughter creation and management
• How to deal with ‘failure’

Dates, Times & Cost

24 & 25 October2-5pm

Cost:      £95

Teacher/Creator Biog
Peta Lily is an award-winning performer/theatre maker has toured the UK, Europe, Mexico, Indonesia, Argentina, Chile, Hong Kong, Australia and Brazil. She trained with Jacques Lecoq, Philippe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux, Theatre du Mouvement, Yoshi Oida, Carlo Boso (Commedia dell 'Arte), Theatre du Mouvement (Mime Corporeal), Sankai Juku (Butoh Dance) and with Mike Alfreds (Theatre Direction). She was one of the leading practitioners of the early physical theatre movement, has an background in ensemble theatre as well as a strong track-record of solo shows (‘Extremely funny’ – Time Out). Lily also teaches at London’s leading Drama Schools.
As a director, works include award-winning Je Regrette for Sarah-Louise Young, Famished for Lost in Translation Circus, A Touch of Mrs Robinson for Fiona Coffey, Rough Magic for LCF at Wilton's Music Hall. She directed Strange Forces and everyday everyday at NCCA.
She also works as a creative mentor to artists including circus trailblazer and now university professor John-Paul Zaccarini. People enjoy her comprehensive writing on Clown on her blog posts at


‘I discovered so much about myself and the world of clown! The best laugh I had for a long time!’ – Course Participant

‘Such a good clown teacher - warm, hardcore and playful all at the same time - skilled like you wouldn't believe.’ - Rufus Hound, West End Actor

Peta Lily teaches with the spirit of the clown: infectious innocence, immense generosity and a gentle joy."  - Maharati - Director of Applause! Performing Arts