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Stourbridge stage stars clown around with seaside entertainment king
2:00pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
AN award-winning Stourbridge theatre group has been clowning around with the UK’s leading expert on seaside entertainment.
Professional actor, director, broadcaster and writer Tony Lidington worked members of Side By Side Theatre Company in a series of clown and pierrot-themed workshops on Monday September 30.
The sessions were organised to help the actors, who have learning disabilities, to get into character for their latest production, Illyria On Sea, based on popular Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night.
Side By Side’s artistic director Susan Wallin said: “We heard about Tony through his radio 4 series about Victorian pierrot troupes and then discovered he had recently directed Twelfth Night.
“We also discovered Tony often works with learning disabled actors and because our new production features pierrots, it seemed a fantastic opportunity to work together.
“Our actors have been really excited about getting into character and ‘clowning around’.”
Three pierrrot/clown workshops will take place during the course of rehearsals for Illyria On Sea, which will be staged at StourbridgeTown Hall from June 25 to 28 next year.
The production will also be taken next August to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest theatre festival, where Side By Side Theatre Company will be notching up their sixth outing.
Side By Side rehearse at New Road Methodist Church Hall.
To find out more visit website www.sidebysidetheatrecompanystourbridge.co.uk
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