Synopses & Reviews
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
AcknowledgementsIntroduction - Play: Serious and Frivolousand#160;Chapter 1and#160; Clowns and Clown PlayChapter 2and#160; The Development of the Circus Clown: Frame and ContentChapter 3and#160; Clowns on StageChapter 4and#160; Clowns who Act: Actors who ClownChapter 5and#160; The Truth Tellers: Clowns in Religion and PoliticsChapter 6and#160; Clown Healersand#160;Conclusion: The Centrality of Play in ClowningClown IndexReferencesIndex