Playing Clov: A clowning approach to performing Beckett

Carole-Anne Upton, Brian Parsons

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    Abstract

    A practical workshop applying clown techniques to Clov's role at the beginning of Endgame, to explore the limits of embodying optimism, constant failure, and physical maladroitness in Beckett's text, working with a professional actor who had recently played the role at Bristol Old Vic, without recourse to clown techniques. A prime consideration was the effect on the actor's capacity to physically and mentally sustain the performance using contrasting strategies.
    LanguageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
    Number of pages0
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventPage and Stage: Fifty Years of Performing Beckett - University of Leeds
    Duration: 1 Jan 2004 → …

    Conference

    ConferencePage and Stage: Fifty Years of Performing Beckett
    Period1/01/04 → …

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    Clown
    Optimism
    Physical
    Bristol
    Old Vic

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    Upton, C-A., & Parsons, B. (2004). Playing Clov: A clowning approach to performing Beckett. In Unknown Host Publication
    Upton, Carole-Anne ; Parsons, Brian. / Playing Clov: A clowning approach to performing Beckett. Unknown Host Publication. 2004.
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