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  • About

    Melbourne Physical Theatre School was officially started by Kimberley Twiner in 2019. It is a place for high quality training taught by local, national and international maestros.


    Kimberley is a Melbourne based performer, director and teacher.

    She is a Fusetti, Bolton and Gaulier trained performer. In 2019 she studied THE PEDAGOGIC JOURNEY: An Advanced Training in Movement Theatre under the tutelage of Giovanni Fusetti. This was a study into teaching the within the Lecoq lineage of mime and movement training.


    Kimberley is obsessed with many aspects of theatre training and believes that technical training and play based training hold hands with each other. Play without technique doesn't work, and technique without play doesn't work. Kimberley seeks to train people in a non-personal way, because theatre trangresses the personal, a performer must go beyond their own private experience.


    Kimberley's expertise is found in devised physical comedy, clown, bouffon and character comedy. Her practice is explored through her award winning queer comedy troupe PO PO MO CO, award winning directing for The Travelling Sisters, devising contemporary clown with Fish & Twiner's Bait Shop and her bouffon troupe The Bouffonery.


    For more on Kimberley click here.

  • Past Workshops

    Winter 2023

    Melodrama: More is More (3 days) - by Kimberley Twiner

    Character: An Embodied Way In (3 days) - by Kimberley Twiner

    Physical Theatre Conditioning: Invigorating the Poetic Body - by Kimberley Twiner

    Mimodynamique Training: Animal Drives - by Kimberley Twiner

    Autumn 2023

    Physical Theatre Conditioning: Invigorating the Poetic Body - by Kimberley Twiner

    Mimodynamique Training: Animal Drives - by Kimberley Twiner

    Summer 2023

    Mimodynamique of The Colours - by Kimberley Twiner

    Bouffon (5 Days) - by Kimberley Twiner

    Summer 2022

    The 20 Movements - by Giovanni Fusetti

    The Red Nose Journey - by Giovanni Fusetti

    The Neutral Mask in Nature - by Giovanni Fusetti

    The Spirit of Commedia dell'Arte - by Giovanni Fusetti

    Winter 2021

    Abbotsford Convent Pivot Residency Project - by Kimberley Twiner

    Autumn 2021

    Bouffon 2 Day Workshop - by Kimberley Twiner

    Clown Play 2 Day Workshop - by Kimberley Twiner

    Flock Fit in the Park Series - by Kimberley Twiner

    Winter 2020

    Outdoor Physical Theatre Conditioning Series - by Kimberley Twiner

    Summer 2020

    From the Neutral Mask to Red Nose - by Giovanni Fusetti

    The Pedagogy of Bouffon - by Giovanni Fusetti

    Bouffon and the Ecstasy of Mocking - by Giovanni Fusetti

    Spring 2020

    Drag 101: Performing Skills - by Kimberley Twiner

    Character Charge Up - by Kimberley Twiner

  • Creative Food

    Resources for the eyes and ears that capture something about the incapturable.


    The Archetypal Artist by Mary Antonia Wood

    A History of the Dance by Curt Sachs

    Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

    The Dance Cure by Dr Peter Lovatt

    Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy by Barbara Ehrenreich

    The Poetic Body (also known as The Moving Body) by Jacques Lecoq

    Women Who Run With The Wolves by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes

    The Empty Space by Peter Brook

    Why Is That So Funny? by John Wright

    True and False by David Mamet

    Every Little Movement by Ted Shawn


    Myths of the Family by James Hillman

    The Creative Fire by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes

    The Politics of Feeling by James Hillman

    Pagan Psychology by James Hillman

    Pink Madness by James Hillman

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings and ruminations.

    The movement doesn’t mean something, it is something. Mimodynamique training is a type of theatre training that is grounded in one key principle: observe the world then imitate it. It is a pillar of the Lecoq pedagogy of Mask, Mime and Movement Theatre and can create a really liberating state...
    I dare you to make your theatre work radically theatrical. I dare you to return to the roots of this dance. I dare you to stop looking for new ideas. I dare you to play fiercely with old ideas. I dare you to imitate your themes. I dare you to use your body first. I dare you to study...
    December 20, 2020
    In the aftermath of a collective melancholy, a physical and mental depression, an emotion which has united us all, it seems I have to fight even harder to justify what I do as a ‘joy-maker’ in my arts community. I am a performance maker whose practice is dedicated to laughter. Stating that so...