Education Today Logo


Education Today Cover Browse Issue

Resilience through laughter for young people

News Image

Homunculus Theatre Company believe access to live performing arts contributes greatly to social-emotional skills development. It builds resilience, compassion, understanding of diversity, empathy, focus, problem-solving and communication skills, a sense of community and well-being.

The Company’s annual Queensland and Tasmania In-Schools tour will feature internationally recognised Teaching Artist Clint Bolster, a Character Actor, Theatrical Clown, Commedia Dell’Arte and Mask Theatre Specialist, Stilt Performer and Trainer and Teaching Artist from Brisbane.

With over 15 years committed to developing new works and training extensively, Clint regularly performs in Australia and internationally in the United Kingdom, Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.

"Laughter gives permission to play, allows expression, liberates and reveals. Participants will be continually amazed by their own and their peers, at their transformations. Laughter has the capacity to instill a sense of joy, vulnerability, physical discipline and freedom of expression in the performer. Participants will be given the opportunity to play, express, be physical, relate and discover in real time and space.

“My approach is underpinned by the assumption that everyone has something to offer and that laughter is a unique and powerful engager that has the capacity to inspire participants who might otherwise hang back," says Bolster who is also Artistic Director of Homunculus Theatre Company

Bolster was recently accepted into the Cirque du Soleil database of Clowns for future productions. Clint is also Artistic Director of Homunculus Theatre Company (Schools Programs )
Manoeuvre Roving Stilt Performers (Roving Stilt Acts )
and The Mask Family (Highly Visual & Interactive Roving Mask Theatre Acts ).

2019 Tour Dates

Launceston Monday 11th – Friday 15th February 2019
Hobart Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019

Cairns Monday 25th – Thursday 28th February 2019
Townsville Monday 4th – Friday 8th March 2019
Mackay Monday 11th March 2019
Mount Isa Wednesday 13th– Friday 15th March 2019

Homunculus Theatre Company has doing its thing in Australia and New Zealand for over 15 years and offers a wide range of curriculum-linked primary and secondary in-schools workshops, performances, artist- in-residence programs, show-doctoring and professional development for teachers. Homunculus also offers roving and street theatre performances and performance outcome projects for school fetes/ events and regional community projects. 

"Teaching Artist Clint Bolster and Homunculus is the ‘face of’ Masked Theatre and it is a live, modern, engaging face that can connect with all grades, genders, cultures and abilities. Clint’s use of Masked Theatre, allows students to engage in a socially aware style of theatre that can be hard to access in a general classroom. Schools across the state may not always have access to resources such as masks so allowing Homunculus to demonstrate this art form would not only capture the audience but would build their appreciation for the endless opportunities to manipulate non-verbal communication in drama.” ★★★★★ Mau Billiau, Drama Coordinator, Corinda State High School, Qld (2017)


11 Apr 2019 | National
AITSL Stakeholder Survey now open News Image

Teachers, school leaders and the entire education sector can have their say in the 2019 Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Survey which is open now. Read More

11 Apr 2019
Early career teachers get dramatic with NIDA News Image

NIDA continues to invest in the creative practice of early career teachers in primary and secondary schools with the 2019 Creative Ambassador’s Initiative.
Read More

10 Apr 2019 | National
New teachers love induction support app News Image

Downloaded more than 17,000 times, the AITSL My Induction app offers expert advice, answers to frequently asked questions and allows new teachers to track their professional wellbeing. Read More

10 Apr 2019 | National
Reform of preschools front and centre in election period News Image

Research shows that two years of quality preschool sets a child up for success, and happily the issue is gaining traction with politicians.
Read More

10 Apr 2019 | National
Domestic violence causes homelessness News Image

The number of people seeking help from homelessness services due to domestic and family violence has risen in recent years but only 4% of those who approached a homelessness service for long-term housing actually received it. Read More