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Grimaldi – King Of The Clowns (Howard Payne University)

By | Published on Friday 31 August 2012

An undercurrent of theatrical oppression is de-constructed in this American production which aims to capture the multiplicity of emotion and pressure felt by an actor playing a clown of the Eighteenth Century, a revolutionary period in which the outlandish make-up now recognised as a feature of the clown’s image was invented. Despite a strong performance from protagonist Joe, ‘Grimaldi’ manages to sidestep the raw considerations of strife and endurance suggested throughout, and instead merely keeps its themes afloat. Over-sentimentalised monologues become commonplace, sacrificing effect, while excessive dialogue further neutralises potentially successful moments. However, there is genuine theatricality to be found if you can look through the brash aesthetics.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 6-11 Aug (not 7, 10), times vary
tw rating 2/5 | [Adam Bloodworth]