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Turner, Brian (New Zealand playwright, 1936- ), "Clownes,"

a bare-stage 50-minute absurdity in English set in the domain of dreams,


© 1990 by Brian Turner, script/rights available from Brian Turner, 26 Beach Road, Te Horo 6470, New Zealand, e-mail b.turner@actrix.gen.nz, telephone (home, NZ) 06-364-3466, (work) 06-364-3466. Cited to Webmaster by playwright via ftp, June 7, 1997; Turner says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Briony (f), 20-99; Dan (m), 20-99

  §  Synopsis "Briony and Dan, dressed as clowns and taking on various other personae, discuss 'art gets to the essence.' They try to work out where they first met. They do the Chair Mime. They have critics and topical events. The Colour Scene. Necropolis. The String Mime. The Mandukya Upanishad. Arcadia. Speeches. The middle bit. The Ball Mime. They try to work out where it was they parted. They discuss 'art gets to the essence.'

  §  Comment "As you see, it doesn't make a lot of sense. The set should be kept as simple as possible, just blacks with two chairs for the actors to sit on plus appurtenances on which to hang the various costumes that are required to indicate the different characters who can be quickly achieved by suitable apparel. The acting style is slick, superficial, two-dimensional, such as is suitable for theatre of the absurd, although this play is not strictly absurdist. The director must consider the play in the light of its own logic, not in the light of convention. 'Clowns' has not been performed. Three related plays-'Peace', 'Magpies' and 'Earwigs'-and it create a full evening. A critic said, 'When an author writes with excellent dialogue, with comedic repartee, it is a pity when the plot loses its way because it is then that the audience thinks the writer might be just showing his/her skills rather than entertaining us with a good story. This author has potential galore which it would be a pity to waste.'"

  §  Themes absurd, art, clowns, pantomime.

See also Brian Turner's:
  • " Dreamers ," a 30-minute romance in English set in Wellington, New Zealand, at various times, 1m1f
  • " Knitting ," a 25-minute absurd black comedy in English set in a faded Edwardian lounge (any country), anytime, 1m2f or 3f
  • " Magpies ," a 35-minute drama in English set in any large city, 1990, 1m1f
  • " Starlight," a 20-minute comedy in English set in a lounge at night, 1m1f


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