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Slapstick comedy is the primary mode of performance for clowns, and in Serious Play, drama scholar Louise Peacock explores the evolution and#160;over the past fifty years of this unique brand of physical comedy. Though an analysis of clowning in a range of settingsand#8212;theaters, circuses, hospitals, refugee camps, and churchesand#8212;Peacock offers a framework for the evaluation of clowning, and she examines the therapeutic potential of the comedic performance. This is the first book to consider clowning venues and styles in light of play theory, including comparisons of traditional clown comedy and contemporary circuses like Cirque du Soleil. A distinctive study, Serious Play also provides authoritative definitions of clowns and clown performance styles that establishes a critical vocabulary for clowning performance.

About the Author

Louise Peacock is a lecturer in drama at the University of Hull.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction - Play: Serious and Frivolous
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Chapter 1and#160; Clowns and Clown Play
Chapter 2and#160; The Development of the Circus Clown: Frame and Content
Chapter 3and#160; Clowns on Stage
Chapter 4and#160; Clowns who Act: Actors who Clown
Chapter 5and#160; The Truth Tellers: Clowns in Religion and Politics
Chapter 6and#160; Clown Healers
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Conclusion: The Centrality of Play in Clowning
Clown Index
References
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781841502410
Author:
Peacock, Louise
Publisher:
Intellect (UK)
Subject:
Television - General
Subject:
Performing Arts : Television - General
Subject:
Performing Arts : Comedy
Subject:
Comedy
Subject:
Humor-Comedy Business and Criticism
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 7 x 0.5 in

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