Clowning workshop with Joe Dieffenbacher

28th Apr - 29th Apr Echo Echo Studios Times tbc
Joe Dieffenbacher is coming back to Derry to lead a two-day workshop on the 28th and 29th April...

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We've got incredible news!

Joe Dieffenbacher is coming back to Derry to lead a two-day workshop on the 28th and 29th April.

The cost of the workshop is just £50... you heard right...£50!!!

We are asking that all participants commit to both days. A full description of the workshop and what to expect is below.

Those taking part will have a chance to perform work in progress (a short piece - no more the 15 minutes) at an informal cabaret night, at Echo Echo Dance Theatre space, on Friday 4th May.

In preparation for the cabaret one-to-one sessions with Joe are available (at an extra cost of £15 per 1-hour session) and Echo Echo will be providing rehearsal space free of charge!


The workshop will take place at:

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company
Waterloo House
Hangman's Bastion
Magazine Street
Derry - Londonderry
BT48 6HH

Book now!

Book your place by calling to Echo Echo, or sending an email. Please feel free ask us any questions.

Tel +44 (0) 28 7130 8883

Email info [at]

Thanks to our friends at In Your Space Circus for supporting this event!

Detailed workshop info

Get Physical
Get Funny
Get a Crowd

A Physical Comedy Workshop with emphasise on Physicality, Presentation, Prop Play, Developing
New Material and Working with a Live Audience

Using a combination of competitive and collaborative games, movement exercises, provocation and
slapstick, this workshop focuses on developing the core essentials for actors, comedians, improvisers, circus
artists and clowns. Those essentials are: unbridled curiosity, physical and mental agility and a desire to
explore and perform in a more physical and visual way.

Live performers have a powerful desire to relate on all levels. Clown and physical play are born out of this
unbridled curiosity. This workshop will give you valuable insights into the creation of original material,
improvising and playing with any audience, and a greater understanding of how to use your body to express
thoughts, emotions and character.

The intensive is lead by Joe Dieffenbacher, known for his stage and cabaret work under the name nakupelle.
He was Director of Clown Conservatory-San Francisco, Master Teacher of Clown, Slapstick, Maskmaking &
Performance at the Dell'Arte School, and has taught at Belfast Community Circus, Northern Ireland, Teater
Studion, Stockholm, Sweden, Wuqiao International Circus Festival, Shijiazhuang, China, Circus Factory, Cork,
Ireland, and ACT-San Francisco. He collaborated on and was featured in, the Closing Ceremonies for London
2012 Olympics and Paralympics, toured as a featured character in the Circus Tour and TT3 with Take That,
directed Physical Comedy at Shakespeare’s Globe and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London, the
Scottish National Opera in Glasgow, and collaborated with artists and ensembles all over the world
developing original material for stage, street, cabaret and circus.

Please Note: Participants should come with ideas or new routines they want to develop into performance
material. Any skills involved should already be mastered as we will focus on the presentation around the
skill not the skill itself

What's On

What's On

Body Wisdom Weekly Course

19th Apr - 21st Jun (Weekly) +

Echo Echo Kids Classes

22nd Apr - 10th Jun (Weekly) +

10th Anniversary Season at Echo Echo Studios

30th Apr - 1st Jul +

'The edges of this place' by Sinéad Smyth

5th May - 23rd Jun +

Aerial Classes with In You Space Circus

8th May - 5th Jun (Weekly) +

Sitting Meditations

12th May - 30th Jun (Weekly) +

Adult Class with Zoe Ramsey (Tuesdays)

23rd May - 27th Jun (Weekly) +

Circle Dance with Jean Parker

24th May - 28th Jun (Weekly) +

Meditation to Movement Class

25th May - 29th Jun +

Guided Meditation Sessions

1st Jun - 29th Jun +

Quantum Foam // Adam Denton - concert

4th June +

(POSTPONED) Sighile Hennessy and Cindy Cummings

9th June +

Under the Sea workshop @ Roe Valley Arts (Limavady)

10th June +

Echo Echo Presents Triple Bill

23rd June +

Dancer from the Dance Festival (Dublin)

24th Jun - 28th Jun +

A BOX - by Tonya Sheina & Zoe Ramsey

30th Jun - 1st Jul +

Echo Echo Summer Scheme 2023

3rd Jul - 7th Jul +

A BOX - by Zoe Ramsey & Tonya Sheina (Limavady)

5th August +