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Let Clown Popo and The Frog King take you on a rib-tickling ride as they learn ways of urban life through the devised performance, The Clowns, which makes its debut on a city stage today

“The clown’s job in society is to ‘comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable’. He holds the mirror for the audience. This principle allows us to tell our story as nothing else but as clowns,” says writer-director Rupesh Tillu, of Madbeth fame, who is set to introduce The Clowns, a devised performance that premieres at Prithvi theatre today as part of the Summertime@Prithvi festival. Tillu, who has studied the subject of clowns in detail, has woven a narrative around the jester. The act will be suitable for all ages above six.

Rupesh Tillu as Clown Popo in The Clowns
Rupesh Tillu as Clown Popo in The Clowns

Presented by Theatreact in collaboration with Madball&Co, the 50-minute performance, that is high on physical comedy, revolves around Clown Popo and The Frog King, who’ve lost their homes and have no option but to accept the urban life. “I am in love with the imperfection and the hope that the clown possesses. Both the lead characters, who are imperfect as beings, have lost everything they had but they are still playful and celebrate their failures as well,” elaborates Tillu, who will also playing the lead role. The other cast members include Deepal Doshi and Priyankar Kumar.

Unlike a staged drama with a fixed script, The Clowns will see improvisations with every staging. “The character's absurdity and naivete makes a structure. Within that frame, the clowns will tell their story and improvise accordingly for every performance. Playing in the moment encourages the freedom of movement, speech and fantasy. It’s a pre-requisite to the illogical, impulsive experience of creativity and essential to a good performance,” believes Tillu.

On: Today and May 20, 12 pm and 4 pm
At: 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road.
Call: 26149546

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