Clowns

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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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Double Murder review – ghoulish and gripping with hippy hugs
Hofesh Shechter presents two contrasting pieces: Clowns, which lambasts our seeming indifference to violence, and a tender antidote called The Fix

Sanjoy Roy

16, Sep, 2021 @1:21 PM

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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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