29 September—6 January 2019

Clowns: The Eggs-hibition

Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls!

Tumble into the wonderful world of clowning, explore what makes a great clown and step into their gigantic shoes.

Discover the origins of clowning and unveil the personal, hilarious and often bizarre stories of the people beneath the colourful exterior.

To celebrate 250 years of circus, we’ve created an exhibition of stunning costume, fascinating archives and intriguing clown eggs, thanks to Clowns International and the London Clown Gallery-Museum.

Clowns International has been painting the faces of its members on eggs for over 70 years.  Each one is a record of a clown’s unique identity, preserving the unwritten rule that no clown should copy another’s look.

Enter a surreal and interactive realm of light, colour and clown cars – a place to try out circus skills and clown-around in costume.

This exhibition is part of Circus 250 – a national celebration of 250 years of circus in 2018.

Events

Clown in Residence: Holly Stoppit
29 October, 30 October, 1 November

  • 11am – 12pm: Interactive clown performance for families. Come and find Holly in the museum, living in the state of clown, finding games with everyday objects and inviting you to play. Free – just turn up. 
  • 1pm – 2pm, 3pm – 4pm: Family play sessions. Bring your kids to play clown games and find out what happens behind the scenes at clown school. Free – just turn up. 

Laughter Yoga
Wednesday 14 November
Experience the wonder of Laughter Yoga with Holly Stoppit! Developed in India by GP, Dr Kataria, Laughter Yoga is a system of simple games and fun, non-strenuous exercises which get you laughing for absolutely no reason, leaving you feeling euphoric, relaxed, de-stressed and connected. Age 16+. Book in advance.

Clown in Residence: Holly Stoppit
Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 November

  • 11am – 12pm: Interactive clown performance for families – come and find Holly in the museum, living in the state of clown, finding games with everyday objects and inviting you to play. Free – just turn up
  • 1pm – 2pm, 3pm – 4pm: Exhibition tours for grown-ups with Holly Stoppit’s alter-ego, Patricia. Expect snippets of clown history amongst stacks of stupidity. Tours must be booked on the day so arrive early! Age 12+.

 


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