Clowns

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Camels, clowns and sex education: what to see at Edinburgh fringe 2021
The festival has shrunk because of Covid but there are plenty of shows in person and online this summer – here’s our pick of the first to be announced

Chris Wiegand

01, Jul, 2021 @2:31 PM

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Mary Sandling obituary
Other lives: Civil service librarian and activist who took up clowning late in life

Anne Philbrow

02, Jun, 2021 @4:18 PM

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Sad faces: clowns who perform in conflict zones stuck at home amid Covid
Clowns Without Borders try to spread laughter in refugee camps and communities in crisis – but the past 12 months haven’t been fun

Soo Youn

23, Apr, 2021 @9:00 AM

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'Anything can happen at the seaside': the troupe who kept Britain grinning
Tony Lidington spent 30 years with the anarchic Pierrotters. He recalls trading songs for mackerel – and lifting spirits with a little lockdown flea circus

David Jays

29, Dec, 2020 @10:00 AM

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From an earth stage to a willow Globe: theatre goes al fresco in the UK
With the reopening of indoor venues delayed, it’s open season for outdoor performances with companies heading out into the sunshine

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

06, Aug, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Tweedy’s Lost and Found review – Giffords clown bursts into your lounge
A new show from Cirencester’s Barn theatre finds Tweedy swapping the circus for an office job and assisting Kerry Mucklowe from This Country

Chris Wiegand

25, Mar, 2020 @3:11 PM

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'To be silly is quite an art': the weekend I became a mime
The first rule of mime club? You do not talk. Well, not when you’re hard at work. Our writer takes lessons from Marcel Marceau’s former student, Nola Rae

Kate Wyver

30, Jan, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Having a laugh: is this the end for clowning?
The massive popularity of horror films like Joker and It have been a real downer for happy, family clowns. Mark Wilding hears how the entertainers are fighting back

Mark Wilding

29, Dec, 2019 @8:00 AM

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One review – two stubborn clowns form a political potboiler
Talking over each other, getting the audience to choose the ending: Bert and Nasi’s new show may look scrappy but it’s highly relevant

Kate Wyver

03, Oct, 2019 @11:11 AM

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Sad face: New Zealander takes clown to redundancy meeting
Josh Thompson hired a clown – who reportedly mimed crying as the paperwork was handed over – as his emotional support aide

Adrienne Matei

13, Sep, 2019 @9:28 PM

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The Edinburgh fringe is obsessed with food – so I went and gorged on the best shows
From comedy about carveries to clean-eating rants, food is a huge theme at this year’s festival fringe. The Guardian’s restaurant critic gets stuck in

Grace Dent

12, Aug, 2019 @12:26 PM

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Moot Moot review – an hour of absurdist talk radio filler
British sign language interpretation adds energy to a dreary show in which doppelganger radio hosts mock an echo chamber of debate

Kate Wyver

12, Aug, 2019 @11:00 AM

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