First ever production in The United Kingdom
Old Clown Wanted is a show produced by a young group of international people called The Void Theatre Company in their first collaboration with Ementior Dance Company. It is based on a script by Matei Visniec, a successful Romanian-French playwright. Three elderly men arriving with suitcases in a windowless room, answering an advertisement for a ‘Small Part for an Old Clown’. The three out-of-fashion clowns who bump into one another at the audition, hope they will be chosen as it is clearly their last chance. When no one arrives to interview them, they start performing their old routines.
The Void Theatre Company presents an adaptation of this script mixing elements of theatre, dance, physical theatre and circus. Suddenly we discover that these three old clowns are being caught in a trap where the space and the time are no longer real and everything is controlled by a group of mysterious circus performers. Exploring the transition between the civil face of a performer and his on-stage form and using integrated elements of choreography within theatre and circus, the show guides the audience through comedy, mister, tension, power, playfulness and rituals that open up surprises at each stage.