An immersive, interactive, durational and theatrical experience of Clown Theatre.

HIGH TEA with BOOFF is a piece of installation theatre, that has been specifically designed for the festival, community and corporate markets. More specifically, it’s a work of auto-biographical narrative-driven clowning situated within a richly detailed, Tim-Burton-esque lounge room, replete with custom made furniture, bespoke chandeliers, shared stories and piping hot tea.

Welcomed by our other-worldly host BOOFF, the show is based within a custom-built, high cube 20ft shipping container that has been richly transformed. Audiences will enter the space in 20-minute intervals, in small groups of up to ten, in accordance with local social distancing restrictions. Anchored in shared stories, the audience experience is akin to a visit with your favourite aunt – a hosted event that is partly scripted and partly improvised. The tone of BOOFF resonates with the work of artists like Julian Clary and Dame Edna Everage, in whose company all people are equal and all are equally worthy of reverence or ridicule.

HIGH TEA with BOOFF has been supported by Arts Queensland and The Australia Council For The Arts; designed by award-winning designer Josh Mcintosh, produced by experienced festival producer Damien Cassidy and performed by internationally recognised clown Clint Bolster.


Venue Format
Outdoor
Technical Rating
C, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party
3 - (1 x Artist), 1 x (Stage Manager) and 1 x (Crew)
Considerations

Dimensions of Shipping Container

External Length: 6.06m Width: 2.44m Height: 2.9m

Internal Length: 5.9m Width: 2.35m Height: 2.7m

Weight: 2.41kg Cubic Capacity: 37.41m3 Please note: 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.

The creative team are an internationally recognised artistic powerhouse. Ethos: The creation of world-class theatre in Queensland, by Queensland artists; to be toured globally, engaging new audiences; demonstrating resilience, bravery, and vitality.

Key Creatives:

CLINT BOLSTER is a Clown, Physical Actor, Mask Theatre Specialist, Stilt Performer & Trainer and Teaching Artist from Brisbane. With over 16 years' committed to developing new works and training extensively, he regularly performs in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, Hong Kong and Japan. Clint's repertoire of original performance works: Homunculus Theatre, Manoeuvre and The Mask Family are highly active globally, with extensive annual programming in regional Queensland. He was recently accepted into the Cirque Du Soleil database of potential Clowns for future productions.

DAMIEN CASSIDY is a broadly experienced creative who has worked across contemporary music, theatre, cabaret, circus and film. In the mid-1990s he studied Communication, Literature and History at the University of Queensland and then began working as a teaching artist, composer, performer and director. Since 2009 he has focused primarily on writing and producing and has held producing roles with several of the state’s flagship cultural organisations, including five years with Brisbane Festival and two years each with Queensland Theatre Company and Brisbane Powerhouse respectively.


Company Website
booffandhisbells.com

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 28,031 views from audiences in 8 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

Marketing materials include:

-Professional production Images. -Professional trailers. -Booklet of full show details.

Community Engagement

CLOWNING WORKSHOPS

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 16 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).