Online panel discussion ‘British Theatre and the Clown’

British Theatre and the Clown - image of theatre seats

PhD student Nathan Keates, who is studying for a PhD in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) has organised an online panel discussion on ‘British Theatre and the Clown’ for the Performance and Theatre Research Group.

The clown has existed in theatre for quite some time. Its history is found in many pockets of social life and theatre. It is a presence that helps laughter, reflection, connection, and shared bliss and joy. Clown has had a journey in theatre over the years. This panel discusses the implications on what clown is for British Theatre, the woes and troubles of past theatre using clown, its current status and what may have changed, and why now.

Pending confirmation, the panel discussion will include Aitor Basauri, Dan Lees, Peta Lily, and Vivian Gladwell.

Nathan’s PhD research project focuses on the use of improvisational comedy as an intervention for anxiety with autistic adults. He is supervised by Professor Julie Beadle-Brown in SSPSSR and Dr Shaun May in the School of Arts.

The panel discuss will be streamed on Tuesday 30 June 2020 at 7pm. The YouTube stream can be found here: