Evetta, The Lady Clown

Evetta, The Lady Clown

The Barnum & Bailey show created quite a stir during the 1895 season with Josephine Mathews (also sometimes labeled as Williams in the press) aka Evetta, The Lady Clown. That season Barnum & Bailey had a strong female presence and the posters also announced a...
William Kempe, The Dancing Clown

William Kempe, The Dancing Clown

On the 8th March 1600, a noisy and excited crowd of spectators gathered to witness the final stage of a remarkable event, (which later became known as the “9 Day Wonder”) an event that had long been anticipated and had captured the imagination of a city. The...
April Fools

April Fools

Did you know when it comes to our unofficial holidays, April Fools’ Day is one of the weirder ones.? It’s a folk holiday of pranks and mild humiliations, in which children get to pull one over on their parents or teachers, and vice-versa; in which media outlets can...
Commedia dell’ Arte

Commedia dell’ Arte

The 25th February is International Commedia dell’ Arte Day so here’s a bit of history and information on a street art form that definateley influenced the world of Clown.   A major landmark in theatre history occurred in Padua, Italy, on February 25, 1545, when...