Clown is big news in the theatre and comedy scene right now, gone are the assumptions of red noses and oversized shoes. Today’s clowning harks back to its glory days of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton – amazing physical performers who could make people laugh with a twitch of their eyebrows.
Hosted at London’s newest Arts Hub, The Omnitorium at Manor House, from the 10th to the 19th June London Clown Festival is a festival of physical comedy and clown influenced contemporary performance. It explores what clown is to the modern performer and their audiences. The first festival of its kind in London, 34 shows will be seen over 10 days featuring highly acclaimed artists, alongside up and coming new talent from over 10 nationalities. Including BAFTA and Chortle Award Nominee – Spencer Jones (The Herbert in Eggy Bagel, Friday 17th 8:30pm) TOTAL THEATRE AWARD FOR INNOVATION nominee – Jamie Wood (O No!, Saturday 11th 7:45pm) and multiple award winner – Lucy Hopkins (Surprise Event, Tuesday 14th 8:30pm), this is set to be a fantastic show.
In creating this Festival, the organisers hope to share the joy and exhilaration of Clown with a wide breadth of audiences both young and old and to help to alter the image of Clown in the public consciousness.