In this hilarious, absurd and often magical show, which juxtaposes themes of loneliness and belonging with joy and exhilaration, we are invited to witness one man's quest for a friend. Pathos, dark humour and Victorian aesthetics combine to create a wonderful and mysterious backdrop to a poetic and surreal journey.
A ridiculous beginning to a stupid week, The Balkan Bad-Boys Boris & Sergey host a night of hilarity and absurdity, featuring acts from the festival and totally gratis! not one to miss.
Out of the wings comes out a little creature captivating you in the strangest way possible. Sensitive, light and contagious this little clowns' voyages through the ridiculousness of self empowerment and small yet encompassing breakthroughs in daily life bring us closer to moments when we really do fly.
Little Soldier Productions are here to do a Pechakucha about CHANGE. Pechakucha is a presentation format that uses one image every 20 secs to explain any topic to a group of people. - But instead of 20 secs they will spend one minute per image. And instead of an image they will use an idiom, such us...”The grass is always greener on the other side - Why?- Because they feel like it - Why?- Because they are free. They are going to need some assistance to keep track of time. They are Spanish afterall... Expect some gazpacho, some AC/DC tracks and some good old passionate outbursts but above all, expect fireworks.
Inda Pereda's hilarious one-man show uses physical comedy, sound and mime to build a wild, imaginary dreamscape bound up in exciting, ridiculous and grotesque situations -*ahem* emergency operations, unusual body musicals, the happy birth of mutant beings - and populated by a host of crazy universal characters - *err* annoyed japanese samurais, happy cows.
Winner of ‘BEST COMEDY SHOW’ Brighton Fringe 2014. We can’t get enough of it, we’re miserable without it, it’s in the air, it’s in your eyes, it’s in the way you comb your hair…but what on Earth is love? These two alien ambassadors need to find out quick and return home with their findings to save their dying planet. With recorded interviews from the inhabitants of earth these two beautiful fools will build a hilarious scrapbook of advice for those who just don’t know…at all.
A psychedelic ride, and a wonky homage to the woman damned for destroying the Beatles, O No! borrows Yoko Ono’s art instructions to ask whether falling in love is always catastrophic. A sell-out success at Soho and one of the most talked about shows of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. Funny and surprising in equal measure this show from a multi-award winning theatre maker, is about reckless optimism, avant-garde art and what we might yet have to learn from the hippies.
Enter a comedy sweat flume of surreal and utterly absurd nonsense with mime, puppets and crowd participation on an epic scale.
A funny, tragic and ridiculous show about pregnancy, parenting and growing up. Meet an array of charming idiots including chefs with birthing recipes, smug mothers, barmy historians and many more. Les Femmes Ridicule tackles some of life’s paranoia in a light and unsettling way. This show is suitable for men!
Comedy in Chinese for people who don't speak any Chinese at all! You'll understand it, but you won't know why! And will a Zoltar machine help? Only 7% of communication is verbal, come and play with the other 93%! Come and laugh with us.
How many psycho-analysts does it take to change a lightbulb? Two, one to change the lightbulb and one to hold the penis.
A gaggle of idiots dealing with low mood, anxiety and/or depression, have come together to create material inspired by their own experiences.
Can we learn to laugh at our mental health?
We think so.
Come and laugh with us.
Lulu is here to help you. Whatever you want, whatever you desire, don’t hesitate, ask him. Do not worry.he serves, offers, gives, distributes, delivers, but there is no garanty for you to have exactly what you imagine.
Is the daily grind turning you to dust? Have you turned off your Joy to conserve battery power?
“You are the Neander-Fools and I am Fire.
Come out of your caves and discover me!”
I Ken Do. Face your fears. Laugh at your failures. Learn to love yourselves once more.
Critically-acclaimed, Los Angeles-based, cult physical comedian Zach Zucker returns to London for the premiere of his brand-new, solo show Human Person. Presented by Stamptown and Dead Man.
SuZanna GonZo had to abandon cruise ship stardom after she almost murdered the man she had fallen deeply in lust with. She cast her net again, widely, and this time she captured special wisdoms to share with y’all. Join the Dark Lady on a spiritual journey using mysticism, sexualism and song. Are you ready to reveal ‘n’ heal? Are you ready to Cher the love?
A beautiful, disgusting Bouffon double act. Exhilarating, Hilarious and confrontational, a satire on the human condition.
From the depths of somewhere dark and unpleasant two distorted freaks scamper to the surface ready to hold a mirror up to your paltry existence. The frivolous frailty of your fragile life. Face your fears, laugh at your weaknesses. Skip into the night unburdened.
Neil Frost has a story to tell. There's only one problem, he can't speak, so it must be told by the audience, who watch a nervous man change the monotony of his life by taking a risk. A riotous hour of clowning, character and living in the moment.
Hosted by international sensation Lucy Hopkins and featuring YOU, SURPRISE EVENT is an hour long, real time, human installation and a vehicle to raise the consciousness of the planet. Probably in quite a metaphorical and abstract way but it’s a start isn’t it. It will be a surprise.
There's an egg here to find other eggs and see if they're ok? 30 minutes of relaxing nonsense. For anyone aged 16-99 that ever had a little crack. By Lucy Pearman (LetLuce, Weirdos, The Bill)
Surreal and innovative character/clown comedy from a lady with bags of talent. Seasoned lunatic, Godden (The grandees, The Weirdo’s) presents an hour of joyful idiocy from one of comedy’s loved buffoons. Featuring a ragtag collection of characters including an oversized toad, a clog-wielding prophet and a toothless twit. All wallies, mugwumps and fellow idiots welcome to celebrate this load of old toot.
'A true clowning talent, Godden can make you laugh just by raising an eyebrow'
An irresistible stupid diva obsessed with Spanish Lorquian drama and Rock n´Roll stars. Ghosts and washing up liquid are two very important elements in the play: A total riot, intense, experimental, musical and surreal piece about how charming Idiocy can be. If you like clowning and Almodovar, this is a show for you!
Absurd Lecoq-trained clown Brickhead takes you on a journey to worlds both weird and profound.
Suitable for English and non-English speakers.
A show exploring things... like... yeah. Yeah?
Featuring wigs, hats, bricks and heads. This is an hour of bonkers, nonsensical fun for those who like their humour weird and wacky!
Dan Lees ("Comedy genius" Fringe Review) and Neil Frost (Prague Fringe Inspiration Award nominee) as two quintessentially English gentlemen from a bygone era struggling to hold on to their whimsical world of cricket, tea and secret arms deals. Keep calm and carry on.
High Risk Cabaret for the fearless. Come and watch a fantastic line up of performers smash out 5 min slots of stuff they’ve never done before, performed for the first time ever in front of a live Audience (you). Hosted by the physically improbable Lucy Hopkins. Refinement is overrated. Come on down.
Life's weightier questions are thoroughly demolished in this award-winning physical comedy that veers from the profound to the ridiculous.
"Lees plays with the normal, gives it a spiritual-origami fold, a twist and a turn and suddenly a move or a mundane sentence is an act of comedy genius.. Lees is a master of simplicity"
Boris & Sergey return to host the London Clown Festival Award ceremony. A chance to see who will be endowed with the coveted 'most idiotic' award not to mention the 'most imaginative use of a rubber chicken'. Another free cabaret to round off the week.
Exquisite prop comedy, audacious high jinks and unforgettable audience participation from this critically acclaimed absurdist sensation. Wear sensible shoes.
The Man Of Mystery… he’s handsome, debonair and incredible. He’s also a bit of an idiot.
Bristolian Jody fuses props and physical comedy in this riotously enchanting show, weaving stories from everyday household items. Think David Copperfield meets Ben Stiller.
An absurd, multi-media comedy that rifles through the surreal nightmare of war. Written and performed by Aron De Casmaker, formerly of Cirque du Soleil, Entrenched blends live animation, physical-comedy, and ridiculousness to explore the horrifying, confusing and stupid side of war.
Self-identifying as a sperm, Fringe First nominated Duff takes her audience on an "absolutely shameless, boldly ridiculous, embarrassingly funny journey" to achieve the biggest climax of the festival. Expect to be aroused, amused and a little frightened by the lengths she’ll go to achieve her first Big’O.
Frolics and fun with fools galore.
A chance to let the stresses and strains of the serious business of clowning go and have some genuine fun.
All comers welcome!
Stuff is a love story but not the one you've seen a million times before. Using clown, mime, dance and a few volunteers “Stuff” is playful, fun, sad and familiar. The result is a highly energetic and entertaining, physical piece that takes its audience on a journey through the fragility, hilarity and awkwardness that love can sometimes entail. First solo show from Cirque Du Soleil clown Sean Kempton
Toy elephant shaman, Zen master of the obstacle course & Kickmouse running fast. Kung Fu Panda meets Buster Keaton in a demonstration of finely honed, physical and prop based, chaotic enlightenment.
From international performer, Blue Peter badge holder and member of award winning variety troupe Slightly Fat Features
The show tells the story of two clowns, struggling with one of the most important moments of life: the marriage proposal. A day where everything should go the right way and it happens exactly the opposite. Countless accidents and clumsy attempts to make this perfect romantic dinner, will be the key that will transform the tragedy into comedy.
Drenched in ecstasy and anguish, ex-contemporary dance star, Matt Rudkin shares his tale of artistic salvation through the exertions of riot duty training and the love of an immigrant hula-hoopist. A heartfelt homage to those heroic geeks who dance without fear, in worlds of their own, subverting the norms of cool. deadpan word-play and expert physical tomfoolery combine in a sweet blast of erudite mayhem.
The wild love child of Cher and Encino Man - BASHA is physical comedy and clown at its most raw delivering a fresh, naïve commentary on the superfluities of modern society. BASHA is a truly fearless and captivating creature. Australian clown, Kimberley Twiner, brings BASHA to London for one night of totally trippy, gender-bashing comedy!
Workshop with Lucy Hopkins
Have you ever thought you're a total idiot? Good news! You probably are. Theres a whole world of beautiful performance to be made if we can get in touch with our our magnificent inner idiot, take a risk, follow our impulse and find the pleasure in being completely ridiculous.
Workshop with Dan Lees
This workshop will explore what makes you funny. We are all humorous in different ways. We each have our own unique comedic self. By embodying the true idiotic self, with optimism and sensitivity, we can find freedom on stage, opening up the imagination to find a place of infinite possibilities for laughter and play.
London Clown Festival is a festival of physical comedy and clown influenced contemporary performance. Exploring what clown is to the modern performer and their audiences.
In recent years there has been upsurge in comedy and theatre of performers who have been influenced by the teachings of Lecoq and Gaulier many of whom have gone on to become celebrated award winning artists. However, Clown remains an enigma to the general public who often have little understanding of the form beyond the stereotypical image of the clown as found in circus performance, red nose, big shoes and squirty flower.
So much so that Clown now has become a somewhat maligned word and performers are reluctant to identify themselves as Clowns.
The influence of Clown is found everywhere once you know what to look for with performers as diverse as Tommy Cooper, Charlie Chaplin Sasha baron cohen (Ali G, Borat), French and Saunders and Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) amongst many that use clowning in their performances.
We at London Clown Festival program an exciting, inspiring and eclectic mix of current performers who embody the principals of this timeless art form. In doing so we hope to share the joy and exhilaration of Clown with a wide breadth of audiences both young and old. Helping to alter the image of Clown in the public consciousness.
The London Clown Festival will be hosted at London's newest Arts Hub. The Omnitorium at Manor House.