Are you a performer interested in honing your improvisation, devising and comedy skills? 

Taking inspiration from the greats of silent comedy Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton, this two-day intensive explores the idea of adding a fresh twist to some classic physical comedy routines, led by long-term Told by an Idiot collaborator and experienced performer, director and theatre maker Stephen Harper. 

The workshop draws on clown, commedia dell’arte and the work of Michael Chekhov to look at the technique and spirit needed to create brilliant comic set pieces. 

You will take away a toolkit of ideas and practical approaches, which will enable you to make your own gags, numbers and comedy routines, including: hand to hand combat techniques in order to create slapstick violence, pratfalls, double takes and throwing custard pies. 

We usually run Building the Chaos as an in-person, 2-day workshop but have adapted it to run via Zoom while COVID-related restrictions are still in place. 


Feedback for Building the Chaos online:

“There was a real sense of achievement at the end of the two days. It was evident that Steve had really thought about how to deliver the work over was excellent. His passion for the work was a joy to be let in on.” 

“5 Stars - I thought it was really well thought out, accessible and generous in its content. I liked the set-up a lot”


Feedback for Building the Chaos in person:

“Excellently laid out. Accessible, tangible, challenging but supported. Jam packed. We covered so much ground. It knew what it was trying to achieve and did it meticulously.”

“This was part of my Professional Development, it reminded me what it was to be a participant, allowed me to reflect on my own teaching, let me re-connect to the joy of performing, and remember the skills required to devise as an ensemble. All great creative lessons."

"A BA in devising crammed into 12 hours"