Mr Punch meets Spymonkey and learns to vlurt.


It may be hard to remember the 70s. It’s said if you can remember them you weren’t doing it right. Of course you may also be too young:

It was the era of punk and revolution was in the air; or so we all thought. It was a time when it was transgressive for women to be funny in public still. It was a time of demonstrations in the street an emerging counter culture or so we thought…

Chris Lynam reminded me recently, in his interview here on Clown Power Live, that it was a defiant act to perform in public and that fades into perspective in the current climate of fear where being in public is defiant. Chris also mentioned the changes that our almost cashless society have made on performers ”passing the hat” .

Our discussions here on Clown Power Live have ranged from the art of being a funny person like Simon Thompson to a glimpse into the world of our history when women started to perform in the world of physical prowess in tumbling and aerial acts. (See details of Charlie Holland’s fascinating talk here).

Very soon we have Caroline Dream talking about her more recent journey into clowning and soon we hope to augment this with a glimpse into the ground breaking work of the women comedy ensemble Cunning Stunts.

While Johnny Rotten was demonstrating that anyone could get up on a stage and make music we discovered that with a small repertoire of tricks and skill in our bags we could also be entertainers. It takes skills to gather a crowd and keep their attention but these skills are best learnt by doing rather than reading or talking about it.

Other upcoming interviews include circus clown Tweedy and funny woman Teresa (picture above), a star clown who subverts a fabulous female punch figure and who’s work has covered protest, punk and the art of training fleas: physical comedy meets a multi faceted actor/performer.

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CPL Xtra The Marvellous Craggs.


Saturday 16th May, Live talk at 10am and again at 7pm(Dublin / UK times)

Charlie Holland will tell the true story, illustrated with magic lantern slides, early film, posters and memorabilia of The Marvellous Craggs: the finest acrobatic troupe of the Victorian and Edwardian era.
Saturday 16th is the British Music Hall Society’s #MusicHallVarietyDay. Watch the talk live followed by a Q&A session.

There will be two sessions of this Webinar on Saturday 16th May 2020. The later session is available to view here:

The Marvellous Craggs:
Feted by the Folies Bergere, courted by Barnum and filmed by Edison, the Craggs toured the world for fifty years, from the 1860’s to the end of WW1, astounding and delighting audiences everywhere.

‘Papa’ Cragg was also a King Rat of the Grand Order of Water Rats and played an enormous role in the Music Hall benevolent societies – another area the talk will touch upon.

The talk is free but a donation to support the British Music Hall Society is encouraged by clicking here: 

Charlie Holland:

Charlie is a former professional juggler and Programme Director of The Circus Space (Now the National Centre for Circus Arts) and is currently writing a biography of the Marvellous Craggs.

ZooLogical Team:

Sascha Goslin:

Is an independent producer, focusing on outdoor work, circus and accessible shows. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.

Dave Spathaky:

Is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder in April 2020: he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at

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CPLS02E00 Announcing

‘Spy Clown’ Designer: W.Swierzy 1979.

We have a great new series lined up. On Sunday 26th of April at 12 noon Dublin time we launch Series 2 of Clown Power Live.

Series 1 was a 7 episode whirlwind and featured a variety of formats with over 20 panelists taking part.

Series 2 is looking into the far corners of Clown Power including ‘The Fool’, ‘Comedia Saves The World’ and ’The Clown as Protester’. A heady mix of practitioners, experts and surprise gusts. Along the way we encourage feedback via a survey and directly by email; send in you ideas!

We also will also be having an Open Space type discussion where attendees can suggest topics and break into smaller groups.

A change for this series is that you will have to register for each episode. It’s a drag but the good news is that a Patreon pledge will get you priority booking.

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Stay funny & stay safe.

Love Dave –