Julie Goell’s Life In a Clownhouse

Julie Goell is a well-known performer and teacher of comedy and physical theatre, (and the wife of renowned Eccentric Avner.)  She has written a book about clowning and performing.  The book, entitled Life In A Clownhouse is part teaching manual, part memoir,  and all about her and Avner’s theories of performance and clowning. I have taken a couple of classes […]

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A Radio History of British clowning

Fascinating radio program on the history of British clowning from the BBC. Better listen to it in a hurry though, because it’s only available for 2 more days (not sure if it will be available for purchase afterwards.) Host Tony Lidington (who created a one man show based on British music hall master clown Dan Leno)  traces the role of the […]

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The Advance Man is one of 4 Finalists for Arts Writing Prize.

I reviewed Jamie MacVicar’s book The Advance Man,last May (read my review here), and now I’m happy to say that Jamie’s book has become a finalist for the prestigious Marfield Prize. This $10,000 prize—(also known as The National Award for Arts Writing) is one of the largest given to a single author.  It is awarded annually to a work of […]

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The Advance Man

A behemoth of a book just came out, which is a 660 page tell all by Jamie McVicar about his days as an Advance man for Ringling. For those not in the know, the Advance man is the promoter of the show who travels in advance of the circus, making sure that all of the publicity is done, that the […]

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Clown Show for Bruno Feb 27,28 in Atlanta

Acclaimed mime Daniel Stein and Dell’arte graduates Kali Quinn and Bill Celentano are featured in a new show about Polish artist and novelist Bruno Schultz (author of the classic Street of Crocodiles) Schulz was killed in the Holocaust in 1944 by a German officer. The show will be performed at Atlanta’s PushPush Theatre. The play,written by author Murray Mednick, is […]

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More Circus Fiction

Summer Reading recommendations. Sara Gruen’s Water For Elephants Amazon Link Water for Elephants is a story of a Depression era mudshow that Jacob Jankowki, a down on his luck veterinary student, joins. The fictional circus Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show On Earth shows the seamy underbelly of that era of circus. The novel is a little bit on the “typical […]

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Some Circus Fiction Recommendations

I was recently asked about Circus Fiction, so I thought I’d give a couple of recommendations. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments field below! Amanda Davis’s Wonder When You’ll Miss Me Amazon Link Amanda toured with the Bindlestiff’s when I toured with them (in 1998) She wrote this novel (her first, and sadly her last) after that. It’s […]

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