Clowns

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And Then the Rodeo Burned Down review – high noon for cowboy clowns
Chloe Rice and Natasha Roland deliver a playful two-hander about the wild west, power structures and the costs of making art

Chris Wiegand

20, Jan, 2023 @8:00 AM

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The best comedy shows of 2022
From dazzling comic debuts at the Edinburgh fringe to occult sketches, soul-searching standup and deeply strange revelations, it was a top year for laughing matters

Brian Logan

17, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Jellicle clown: Frankie Thompson on her unmissable feline fever dream Catts
Her cat-tastic stage show is a riff on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical that swerves into emotionally raw territory. The Edinburgh fringe sensation talks about trauma, taboos and the importance of being disgusting

Chris Wiegand

14, Nov, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Arthur Pedlar obituary
Other lives: A clown with an international reputation who raised the money for his first unicycle by selling miniature ships in bottles

Valerie Pedlar

18, Oct, 2022 @6:34 PM

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Sami Abu Wardeh review – a clown in character-comic’s clothing
Outlandish physical antics and a spontaneous stage presence keep Wardeh’s audience laughing as he clowns through a cast of oddball characters

Brian Logan

21, Aug, 2022 @1:04 PM

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‘Horror and comedy were a saving grace’: facing her anger gave Elf Lyons the last laugh
Scary movies can exorcise the audience’s own demons but silliness can also help you process rage, says the comedian

Elf Lyons

15, Jul, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Clownts review – three maestros compete in a celebration of anarchic hilarity
Armed with cherry tomatoes, paper boats and a leaf-blower, Julia Masli, Viggo Venn and Sami Abu Wardeh brought the London clown festival to an uproarious close

Brian Logan

10, Jul, 2022 @9:48 AM

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‘Shake it and see what happens’: the confounding world of James Thierrée
The circus star turns singer in his new show, Room, which is designed to embrace chaos. He talks about the mystery of theatre and his movie missions

Chris Wiegand

25, May, 2022 @8:49 AM

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‘It’s hard to find a teacher for sword-swallowing’: the thrilling skills of circus showwomen
Pioneering female entertainers, including a 1930s clown and a Wall of Death stunt rider, are celebrated in a show by a fearless group of performers

Kate Wyver

09, May, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Room review – chaos reigns as circus superstar James Thierrée climbs the walls
Thierrée plays an architect whose building won’t behave and a director whose performers don’t listen in a playful if disjointed production

Chris Wiegand

30, Mar, 2022 @11:46 AM

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John Lambert obituary
Other lives: Impresario and local politician who founded a community theatre in Bradford

Tony McHale

17, Nov, 2021 @5:55 PM

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Wolfgang Fischer obituary
Other lives: Gallery owner who introduced the work of classical Austrian modernists to British art lovers

John Charap

15, Nov, 2021 @9:13 PM

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