Riverside Theatres Digital and Merrigong Theatre Company presents
THE CLOWN IS SAD? – INTERACTIVE ONLINE SHOW
by Ali Gordon and Alicia Gonzalez
Meet the Clown. She has lost something.
What is this something that has gone?
Can you help her?
With the Clown, young audiences will expand their developing understanding of empathy and what it is to have a thought. Through play, we explore the beauty and the agony of life and find ways to honour and transcend difficult emotional states through play and connection.
Both hilarious and deeply moving, audiences will journey with the Clown to dive inside of ourselves into where feelings are made, thoughts are born, and loneliness can be shared.
Can you make a clown laugh?
“Fabulous!!!! So much fun!” – Ella and Flora’s Mum (Sydney)
“They want to watch it again!” – Raph and Robyn’s Dad (Sydney)
Recommended for ages 3 – 8 and their families.
Best suited for audience ages 3-8, but made to be enjoyed together by the whole family. If you are separated by distance: grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends, this is the perfect opportunity to share a theatre outing with the children in your life, and create new memories together. From time to time during the show, you will see your special young people featured on screen as we play together!
How You Can Access
Streaming live into your home. This show will be available once only on Zoom. This show is a live streamed experience, and will not be available to view online after the event. The Zoom link will be sent to you 24 hours before the show with your ticket. All you need to participate is access to a device with a good internet connection and sound. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 years must be visible in a common space with the child online. You will be provided with the option to provide first names or preferred name of the child when joining online to Zoom.
You are welcome to share and watch the performance as a family in one household.
Created and performed by Ali Gordon and Alicia Gonzalez
Stage Vision David Stephens
Coming together gives this creative duo 40 years of performance experience between them. While they started their training on different sides of the globe, Alicia at Lecoq in Paris France and Ali at Flinders Drama Centre in Adelaide, the duo have found themselves in Greater Sydney collaborating most recently on The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch stage and online performances. Recently, they have created work for Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, and many other venues in and around regional and metropolitan Australia. Both women have started their own independent theatre companies: Drop Bear Theatre for children and families and Choo-Choo Troupe of fools, continuing their quest to foster connection and play in Australian culture. They teach budding clown-artists of every age from children through to elderly people and Alicia runs Sydney’s own The Clown Institute.
Both artists are proud to use their craft to serve community as Therapeutic Clowns who visit children in hospital, and elderly people who have dementia and experience social isolation. The primary objective of their performances is to build interpersonal connections using visual poetry and clown.
Ali and Alicia are uniquely placed to work as catalysts for building connection.