FAQ Theatre

Welcome to Artmedia Publishing in Sydney. We are building a community of interest in contemporary Australian and New Zealand Literary & Performing Arts.

On this page Artmedia editor, Alan Clay, attempts to answer some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Physical Theatre. This page is in the early stages of construction, so please email your questions to epublish[at]artmedia[dot]com[dot]au

You might also find your question answered in one of our newsletters, and to check this out, go to the archive of our physical theatre newsletter and use the site search tool.


bulletWhat is Physical Theatre?

The clown art form has, in recent years, escaped from the traditional circus, into the theatre and the streets and, more recently, returned to help shape modern circus-theatre.

Somewhere in there, physical theatre was born, as clown rejuvenated the traditional script based theatrical form, and we got the emotionally-powered, physical performance work that we know today as physical theatre.

Audiences today want a real experience in their live performance, because they can get great script based entertainment at home, through various new media sources.

Traditional theatre, which appeals on a mental, and hopefully also emotional level, has not been enough to compete with other media, and audiences have been declining.

Physical theatre, by contrast appeals to the audience on a physical and emotional level, providing a much more immediate experience than traditional theatre, and audiences here have been growing.

Today physical theatre is a broad term which covers the range of circus theatre forms, clown, mime, mask, commedia, visual theatre, and dance theatre.

bulletWhere do I find information on Auditions?

If you want information sent to you by e-mail each month, including auditions, training opportunities, and job opportunities, as well as other industry news, subscribe to our monthly e-mail Physical Theatre newsletter or search the back issues.

bulletWhat Training do you Recommend?

We recommend that you check out the training links on our links page, and find somewhere appropriate for your growth. We have been outspoken about our views on the fledgling BA in Circus Arts here in Australia, and you can catch that debate on our newsletter archive pages. The debate was sparked by an editorial in the April issue, and ran under the heading Campaign for the next five issues, exploring the relationship of clown and circus along the way.

bulletWhat is Modern Clown?

Check out the September issue of the physical theatre newsletter under 'Campaign', in which Sue Broadway and Alan Clay explore where the clown art form is today.

bulletHow do I get my information on this site?

Everything on this site is paid to be here, so you simply buy a page. Check out our site deals. If you are looking for a free listing, you can e-mail some information to epublish[at]artmedia[dot]com[dot]au for inclusion in our monthly newsletter. We include some networking items free each month, and we try and offer everyone a free listing to start with. After the first listing, or if you want to guarantee your information is included, we offer Features ( 3 paragraphs ) for Aus$50, and Sponsorships ( 7 paragraphs ) for $200.

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last updated 26th May 2008