An immersive, interactive, durational and theatrical experience of Clown Theatre.
HIGH TEA with BOOFF is a work of installation clown theatre. The show tours with its own venue – a richly detailed, Tim Burton-esquel lounge room replete with custom made furniture, bespoke chandeliers, shared stories and piping hot tea. The work deploys auto-biographical story-telling and narrative-driven clowning. It has been created to service the festival, community and corporate markets - globally.
The production is housed within an air-conditioned custom-built 20ft? shipping container that expands to create a 6m x 5m venue. The unit is a high-cube style container - with extra height than standard - that has been richly transformed. Welcomed by oureloquent and other-worldly host, audiences enter the space in accordance with anylocal social distancing measures.?
Anchored in shared stories, the audience experience is akin to a visit with your favouriteaunt – a surreal tea-party that's partly scripted and partly improvised. As a character,BOOFF resonates with the work of artists like Julian Clary and Dame Edna Everage, alarger-than-life persona in whose company all people are equal and all are equallyworthy of reverence or ribaldry.
- Venue Format
- Technical Rating
- Touring Party
- 3 - (1 x Artist), 1 x (Production Manager) and 1 x (Technical Manager)
Dimensions of Shipping Container
- Length: 6.06m
- Width: 2.44m
- Height: 2.9m
- Length: 5.9m
- Width: 2.35m
- Height: 2.7m
Weight: 2.41kg Cubic Capacity: 37.41m3
- Width dimensions will enlarge once the unit - giving approximately double the amount.
- The unit is fully air-conditioned and will need an external power source, run to it.
- Our team from RoadPro Event Services will organise all shipping/freight logistics.
At Cluster Arts, all roads leader to supporting our artists: we manage the ‘backend’ business for artists to help you create a meaningful and sustainable living through your art. We’re experts in producing and touring, business development, funding, and auspicing to support our artists, and the industry, through our Circus Arts advocacy.
As an internationally recognized production house we’re specialists in planning and managing events, venues, and festivals, in whole or in part. Cluster Arts has over 30 years of combined experience in delivering projects and events of all scales. We deliver a range of public and private events and festival sites including for Brisbane City Council, Matilda Awards, and the circus program at Woodford Folk Festival.
Cluster Arts plays a pivotal role in the representation and general management of many of Australia’s major circus companies. We ensure circus companies who are operating with limited administrative capacity are able to meet legal obligations including contracting, superannuation, payroll, BAS, develop their programs of work, strategic planning, and the ongoing running of a business.
We believe artists have the power to change how we think, how we act, and what we believe through their extraordinary and unique view of the world.
- Company Website
Unique Selling Point
In response to COVID19 pandemic, from March to June 2020, we produced and broadcast eight episodes of a live-streamed version of HIGH TEA with BOOFF via Facebook, and featured guest spots from 33 artists from around the world and attracted 80,000 + views from audiences in 15 countries.
With this in mind, set inside the controlled environment of the shipping container, lends this experience to other broadcasts, further extending its reach. The venue will have in-built capacity to host live-streamed performances or promotional shoots; hosting interviews with festival artists, notable personas and audience members; and hosting corporate packages for festival and event sponsors.
Marketing materials include:
- Professional production Images.
- Audience Vox Pops & Trailer
- Presenters Pack
Our mission is to nurture a love of, and life-long engagement with, comedy. We strongly believe access to live performing arts contributes greatly to social-emotional skills development. It builds resilience, compassion, understanding of diversity and empathy: generating a sense of community well-being.
Being able to laugh, to see the funny side, is in itself, a vital life skill. Clowning conceals, gives permission to play, allows expression, liberates and reveals. Participants will be amazed by their own transformations. Laughter, in particular, instils a sense of joy, vulnerability, physical discipline and freedom of expression; teaching us that nothing and none of us can truly be taken too seriously.
Workshops facilitated by Clint Bolster, a highly experienced Teaching Artist of 18 years, leading many workshops and artist in residency programs globally for Young People, University Students, Adults and Elders.
Companies, to name a few:
- Shakespeare4All (Hong Kong).
- Faust Theatre Company (Hong Kong).
- Vamos Theatre Company (UK).
- Queensland Theatre Company (AUS).
- LaBoite Theatre Company (AUS).
- University of Southern Queensland (AUS).
- Queensland University of Technology (AUS).
- Pontio University, Wales (UK).
- The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (AUS).
- Drama Queensland (AUS).
- Drama New South Wales (AUS).
- Drama Victoria (AUS).
- Drama Tasmania (AUS).
- Drama Australia (AUS).