CLOWNS USED TO BE a highlight of circuses. But then cinema and TV made them into sinister figures and they never quite recovered. The circus itself looks like an innocent relic from a time years before our era of on-demand online-entertainment.
But if you have a child with a love of fun, or you recognise the youngster within you, good news: the London Clown Festival is playing in three venues this year 2018, including two pubs in NE London.
This third festival will present established artists alongside new talent from around the world to Farr’s School of Dancing in Dalston; Mirth, Marvel and Maud in Walthamstow, and the Albany in the West End W1W 5QU; giving the festival its first access to the night Tube.
The festival includes late-night cabarets but it it aims “to celebrate physical comedy and clown-influenced contemporary performance. exploring what clowning is to the modern performer and their audiences”.
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Farr’s School of Dancing, 17 Dalston Lane, Hackney E8 3DF. Times vary by event, from early family shows to late evenings. Prices £5 to £12: tickets. Note: the Albany and Farr’s are not fully wheelchair-accessible.
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