The Education of a Circus Clown: Mentors, Audiences, Mistakes - Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History (Paperback)
  • The Education of a Circus Clown: Mentors, Audiences, Mistakes - Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History (Paperback)
zoom

The Education of a Circus Clown: Mentors, Audiences, Mistakes - Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History (Paperback)

(author)
£24.99
Paperback 219 Pages / Published: 10/05/2018
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

2017 Freedley Award Finalist, Theatre Library Association

2016 Best Circus Book of the Year, Stuart Thayer Prize, Circus Historical Society

The 1960s American hippie-clown boom fostered many creative impulses, including neo-vaudeville and Ringling's Clown College. However, the origin of that impulse, clowning with a circus, has largely gone unexamined. David Carlyon, through an autoethnographic examination of his own experiences in clowning, offers a close reading of the education of a professional circus clown, woven through an eye-opening, sometimes funny, occasionally poignant look at circus life. Layering critical reflections of personal experience with connections to wider scholarship, Carlyon focuses on the work of clowning while interrogating what clowns actually do, rather than using them as stand-ins for conceptual ideas or as sentimental figures.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349575077
Number of pages: 219
Weight: 307 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2016


MEDIA REVIEWS

"It is published by Palgrave MacMillan, as one in the series of Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History, devoted to the best of theatre/performance scholarship currently accessible, available and free of jargon. ... it is full of interesting anecdotes and fun in describing the education of a young clown with the Ringling show in America. ... It's funny, entertaining, and informative." (Don Stacey, Circus Report, January, 2015)

"David Carlyon ran away from a lucrative legal career to join the circus. His beautifully immersive personal history captures the gritty excitement and deep camaraderie of his first circus season. The Education of a Circus Clown is a terrific and important book that will enrich and enliven our historical understanding of clowning, the circus, and American culture." - Janet M. Davis, American Studies and History, University of Texas at Austin, USA, author of The Circus Age: American Culture and Society Under the American Big Top, and editor of Tiny Kline, Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Life of Tiny Kline

"The literature of clowning, like that of other performing arts, is full of anecdote-laden memoirs that shed little if any light on the actual craft of the performer. The Education of A Circus Clown is a rare exception because David Carlyon is both a professional writer and a professional performer who offers us not just a behind-the-scenes look at life in the clown alley of the world's largest circus, but also an honest and at times anguished analysis of the performer's daily struggle to be funny. Entertaining and illuminating." - John Towsen, author of Clowns and the physical comedy blog All Fall Down

"An important history - as all-encompassing as it is personal - and a great look into the mind of a performing artist. If you want to know what real American circus life is like, then this book is for you. If you don't . . . well, then you're missing something wonderful." - Murray Horwitz, Tony Award-winning playwright (Ain't Misbehavin'), creator of NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me, and a former Ringling clown

You may also be interested in...

New Monologues for Women
Added to basket
Drama Games for Classrooms and Workshops
Added to basket
Him & Me
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Hope in a Ballet Shoe
Added to basket
The Empty Space
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
An Actor Prepares
Added to basket
Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus
Added to basket
So, Anyway...
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.99
Paperback
Contemporary Monologues for Men
Added to basket
The Story of Northern Soul
Added to basket
How Musicals Work
Added to basket
The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit
Added to basket
Respect for Acting
Added to basket
£17.99
Hardback
Dear Fatty
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
I Hate Myselfie
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.