PREVIEW: London Clown Festival

The London Clown Festival returns to the capital, following its successful first festival last year. 

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Running from the 11th to the 21st May, the London Clown Festival celebrates the rise in popularity of clowning with its reputation moving away from stereotypes such as red noses and squirty flowers to a more sophisticated level of silliness.

To celebrate this, the second London Clown Festival taking place at  Hornsey Town Hall will present a multitude of shows to four venues within the building. The festival will showcase the work of acclaimed artists alongside new talent from across the globe.

But at its heart, the festival will continue to celebrate physical comedy as well as contemporary clown influenced performances to explore the image of the clown.

Dan Lees, Festival Co-Founder said: “Clowning has a rich and diverse history and it continues to this day to influence film, theatre and comedy. The celebration of The Fool crosses cultural divides and is a timeless human experience. We can all identify with The Fool as an expression of our own fragility and imperfection, and delight in their struggles and ability to find ridiculous and imaginative solutions to the simplest of problems. The clown has no limits.” 

Highlights for the upcoming festival includes performances from Red Bastard, Natalie Palamides: Laid (co-devised and directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner Dr Brown) Zach & Viggo: Dream Team (Winners – Best Comedy, Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award and Best Comedy Brighton Fringe) Jamie Wood: I Am A Tree (Total Theatre Award for Innovation Nominee) Twisted Loaf Are Off Yeast (Funny Women Award winners). Further acts and workshops have yet to be confirmed.

The London Clown Festival is a collaboration between  Flabbergast Theatre Company; the creators of  vaudevillian double act  Boris & Sergey; puppetry’s Balkan bad boys, and the award winning puppetry, physical comedy, and mime performance Tatterdemalion performed by Henry Maynard(Mimetic Festival Judges Award for Theatre Winner 2015 and Amused Moose Finalist) . 

The 2017 London Clown Festival will take place between the 11th and the 21st May. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://londonclownfestiva.wixsite.com/website