In life we try really hard to not look like idiots, to not be ridiculous in front of others.

For me a clown calmly and proudly accepts he is an idiot and that we are all ridiculous. He then invites others to see and laugh at that. We are all funny in our own individual and specific ways.

When I was a child and got upset as my family laughed at something I’d done accidentally, my mum would quickly reassure me that they were laughing ‘with ‘ me not ‘at’ me.

A clown enjoys being laughed at.

As a clown it is not the effort to be funny that makes you funny but the ability to stop protecting yourself from being laughed at.

Clown can be liberating, but discovering what people find funny about you can be painful!


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what do we see?

natural history

Theatre creates a meeting place of lives. One community of people who previously don’t know each other meet to watch another community of people who have worked together closely for some time. The performance is a product of time together in which the makers have ¬†found a common language. They have searched for ways that satisfy them in articulating questions, thoughts and ideas. Through the performance there is an attempted sharing between the two communities, this is the theatrical event.

When it is successful in a moment the line between the two communities blur and a dialogue is achieved. The exchange is complicated in contemporary devised theatre, the audience is invited to read the individual personalities of the people who made the work. They are invited to read how successful the community has worked together in the creation of the performance as well as how successful the community is performing as the action unfolds in the present.

There are no screens in the way of us seeing the performer with the hangover or the prop that misbehaves or the audience member that continues a texting conversation on their mobile phone. There is no curtain in our way as we observe this team, this family, ie both the performers and the audience, deal with their obstructions and difficulties. No matter what style of theatre we are watching, the audience is invited to see the mechanisms that construct the machine of the performance. They are told the artist has a desire to communicate with them and then the performance allows them to see all the obstacles that are in the way of the dialogue. This is something that makes theatre different to television and film. It reassures us how difficult it is as a human being to share, to contact, and to communicate with others, even before the subject of conversation has been broached.

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