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The Clown in Popular Culture

Workshop
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Bloomsbury Studio
25th Mar 2022
09:45  - 16:00
£10/£5 Students

THE CLOWN IN POPULAR CULTURE
With a special tribute to ‘the king of clowns’, Joseph Grimaldi

Joseph Grimaldi Clown

PROGRAMME

9.45 A.M. REGISTRATION

PART 1: THE CLOWN BETWEEN TRADITION AND INNOVATION
10.00 a.m. The Healing Clown. (Louise Peacock, De Montfort University)
10.20 a.m. Sad, Scary and Sadistic Clowns in Films. (Joana Jacob Ramalho UCL/SELCS)
10.40 a.m. Political clowns. Truth tellers and clowning politicians (Louise Peacock, De Montfort University)
11.00 a.m. Q&A

11.15 A.M. – 11.35 COFFEE BREAK

PART 2: THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING A CLOWN
11.40 a.m. Talk/workshop with Martin Burton (Clown International’s Director of Zippo Circus) and “Tweedy” (currently the best clown in the UK)
12.40 p.m. Q&A with the public

13.00 – 13.45 BUFFET

PART 3: JOSEPH GRIMALDI TRIBUTE
14.00 – 14.20 p.m. Introduction to the period, Dickens and adaptation (Penny Culliford - writer).
14.30 – 15.30 p.m. Staging of a one-off, 60 minute performed reading complete with music & sound effects of the audio play entitled: ‘Grimaldi’s Last Act’, written by Penny Culliford,directed by Anthony Shrubsall and performed by Edmund Dehn. Music by Zelida Gordon and sound effects by Adam Graver. Adapted from the ‘Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi’ by Charles Dickens. The work has been commissioned by Tricolore theatre company.
15.30 – 15.45 p.m. A Q&A session involving the company discussing their various roles, taking questions from students and other audience members.

Both theatrical events will be held in collaboration with Nadia Ostacchini, a UCL Italian Dept alumna and Artistic Director, actress and Producer of Tricolore Theatre company: www.tricolore.org.uk 

15.45 – 16.00 CLOSURE

Project Leader: Dr Marta Niccolai (UCL/SELCS/Italian)

Tickets will include a cold buffet lunch (vegetarian options available) and drinks will be available at The Bloomsbury Studio bar for purchase.

Event image: https://publicdomainreview.org/

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