Physical and Visual Comedy Techniques & Tools 2 day workshop with Franco Di Berardino


Techniques and practical tools to create non-verbal comedy with Franco Di Berardino

Dates & Times (12 hours lesson total with additional time for breaks)

Saturday 26th November 2pm – 8pm

Sunday 27th November 10am – 6pm


Circus Factory, Centre Park Road, Cork

Price for 2 day workshop

Full: €160.00

25% Discount (student / no waged / low waged): €120 - Use discount code: 25MUSTACHE!

Ages: 18+

This is a progressive learning environment over 2 days so unfortunately we cannot accommodate single day enrolments. 

The workshop aims to provide practical tools for the creation of non-verbal comedy. To succeed in this aim, the work proceeds in two directions, a part of work on ourselves, on the physical comedy of the body and a part on the mechanisms and structures of visual comedy.

PHYSICAL COMEDY OF THE BODY: Our bodies becomes our only means of expression, our only instrument, as the musician knows and explores all the possibilities and nuances of his instrument, we are going to do a job of this type on our body.

Comedy is a deformation of normality, you work on the deformation of the action and the normal gesture, which happens when you change parameters such as speed, intensity, structure of the movement, exaggeration, repetition, counter-timing. Working on the body, we are obviously working on ourselves, therefore we will also analyse our physicality, unique and original, exploiting our own personal characteristics and putting them at the service of comedy.

VISUAL COMEDY: We will analyse the tools of visual comedy widely used also in silent cinema in the films of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Jacque Tati, to name among the most important creators of visual comedy in the history.

The tools, like tools in a toolbox, will be treated one by one, each with its precise function for the construction of gags, structures and mechanisms perfect for the creation of non-verbal comic material.

Absurd, climax, anticlimax, exaggeration, failure, problem-solution, harmony-disharmony, challenge for an object, are some of the mechanisms we are going to use.

Laughter is the tip of the iceberg, the final product of rigorous technical and structured work, which requires a lot of study. The comic actor's skill lies precisely in being able to give freshness, spontaneity and surprise in the face of what has actually been prepared, studied and tried many times.

About Franco:

Mr Mustache alias Franco Di Berardino began their artistic career in 2003. Franco studied mime theatre in the International mime theatre school in Buenos Aires and juggling and tight rope in the Circus schools “La arena” and “Escuela de circo criollo”. He studied theatrical clown in Italy with Andrè Casaca and in Spain with Eric De Bont. In Italy also studied comedy theatre with Domenico Lannutti, and corporal mime with Yves Lebreton. Franco studied chromatic accordion in the conservatory of L’Aquila and eccentric clown with Chriss Lynam. Mr Mustache has performed in International Festivals across 18 Countries, where he performs in both street theatre festivals and indoor theatre venues.


Course Cancellation Policy


This is required due to people on waiting lists and to ensure we can meet our financial commitments to our venue, administration and instructors.

- All cancellations up to 3 weeks before your course starts will be fully reimbursed either back to your payment source or can be applied as value of the course as account credit on your GoTeamUp Account to use at Circus Factory at a different time. To cancel from a course you must contact and we can cancel from the administration side. 

Late Cancellations

Late cancellations are not guaranteed a refund. However should there be people on a waiting list and we can fill your place we can offer a partial refund. You must email Louisa at if you need to cancel at any time. 

 - Refunds can only be reimbursed as GoTeamUp account Credit only.


Waiting Lists

Should the course be full and you would like to join a waiting list please email with your request

In the event that Circus Factory requires to cancel the course at any time, all registered users will be fully reimbursed.