Imagine if we could magically travel to London to learn English: this is possible with Clowning, a play in English that combines the art of clowning with magic, puppets, and lots of comedy.
Led by Ruskus Patruskus, children will enjoy an act of magic at the London Eye, solve the mystery of the London Zoo and travel back in time to help the Queen of England find the Crown Jewels, mysteriously stolen by a ghost from the Tower of London.
The success of Clowning relies on the participation of children: they not only take part as an audience but also play some main characters such as a bobby, a gentleman, a beefeater, and even King Arthur.
There are also references to various aspects of British culture. For instance, the countries that form Great Britain, the meaning of the Union Jack, and the legend of Excalibur.
Language gets enhanced by highly visual stage actions, which develop an intuitive understanding of the English language.
Fact sheet and video
LANGUAGE: 95% in English and 5% in Catalan
AGE RANGE: 8 to 12 years old (3rd to 6th grade)
SUBJECT: London and British culture
DURATION: 45 min
PERFORMANCE AREA: minimum dimensions 3 x 4 m
EQUIPMENT: sound system is provided; there is no need for neither platform nor special lighting
SET UP: 45-60 min; strike 25-35 min
The character connects very well with the students. There are amusing moments that motivate children. Involving children is also an aspect that we value very well.
– Glòria R., Escola Pere Rosselló (Calonge)