Tony Lidington

Tony Lidington

Tony Lidington (Dr) AKA Uncle Tacko! – 40 years as a Showman and as ‘Uncle Tacko!’ – ‘The Pierrotters’, ‘Poppets Puppets’, ‘Uncle Tacko’s Flea Circus’ & ‘Raree Man & his Peepshow’.

Tony has a Phd in ‘Itinerant British Performance’, he’s a part-time lecturer at the University of Exeter. He’s also a researcher & broadcaster about British popular entertainment forms.

His web sites: www.prom-prom.com & www.seasidefollies.co.uk.



He likes slightly slightly bigger print these days. Currently reading: Blackface Minstrelsy in Britain, Pickering 978-0-7546-5859-7 also Acrobats & Mountebanks by Le Roux & Garnier (1890)

CPLS02E05 Chris Lynam

Chris Lynam interviewed by Sue Broadway or…

Sue Broadway & Chris Lynam or maybe visa versa. who knows?

Very few members of the comedy world are worthy of the title ‘genius’; Chris isn’t one of them, he comes damn close. Sue attempts to find out why.

Dublin: Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 21:00
London: Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 21:00
New York: Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 16:00
Los Angeles: Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 13:00
Melbourne: Thursday, 14th May 2020, 06:00
Beijing: Thursday, 14th May 2020, 04:00

There are 100 event tickets

Free entry – support appreciated via patreon.com/zoological.
Register here in advance for this webinar:
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Also live-streamed and a recording available on YouTube after the event.

Chris Lynam:

Chris is renowned for many things, but mainly for bringing his own brand of crazed humour to bear on unsuspecting audiences. His comedy is wild and exciting, stretching variety to its limits.

Any one show may include acrobatics, outlandish operatic and orchestral overtures, flying sousaphones and anything else which may spring to Mr Lynam’s unnecessarily large and vivid imagination.

Read more here: https://chrislynam.net/

Sue Broadway:

Sue is a director, choreographer and creative producer of circus and physical theatre, with extensive experience in large-scale and site-specific events. She also performs as a clown, compere and eccentric juggler. She was a founding member of Circus Oz in 1979 and went on to perform with them as an aerialist and acrobat until 1984. She then moved to London, where she co-founded Ra-Ra Zoo. On her return to Australia she became Circus Oz’s Artistic Director and has since worked on the several large events such as the London Olympics and in the comedy duo Batten & Broadway.

Zoo Logical 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:

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 last in April; he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please support Clown Power Live and Dave at patreon.com/zoological. Suggested donation £5. You could think of it as buying Dave a coffee and a piece of cake. 

CPLS02E04 Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson interviewed by Charlie Holland on Sunday 10th of May 2020

Simon Thompson, along with being a practicing performer is currently a Lecturer on the M.A. Festive Arts at the University of Limerick. He is also researching for a PhD (Developing Creative Pedagogies through Mask and Clown). He is interviewed by Charlie Holland who is the former Programme Director of The Circus Space in London (now the National Centre for Circus Arts).

Clown Power Live – S02E04

Simon Thompson:

Simon is a performer, director and teacher, he began clowning as boy but later took it seriously and trained with Jacque LeCoq and Philip Gaulier. Along with being a practicing artist he is currently a Lecturer on the M.A. Festive Arts at the university of Limerick and is also researching for a PhD (Developing Creative Pedagogies through Mask and Clown).

After years of touring with circus’s, festivals and a variety of theatre companies, in 2014 Simon began to write a Clown Trilogy as three separate shows. Part 1 “Clown Noir, This is me” was first up. Then in 2015, “Peines d’amour perdues” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labours Lost”, and in 2016 “Nose Business”. Some of his more recent projects include a metaphysical mask exploration of Australian Indigenous Peoples Stories; “Altjeringa” performed by Lucy Dawson as a gestural etude at the Irish World Academy.

He tours a clown adaptation of “The Millers Tale” and also “Lifted Up” a full-mask performance that highlights the difficulties of sensory overload in adults who are diagnosed with A.S.D.

Clown Power Live Next:

Wednesday Chris de Pyss (AKA Chris Lynam) talks to Sue Broadway (AKA The Fabulous Sue Broadway) about his journey as a clown on stage, screen and outside the box.

When: May 13, 2020 21:00 Dublin
Register in advance for wednesday’s webinar here:
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More Future Events: are posted on the the Clown Power facebook group. Patreon supporters get special updates and behind the scenes interaction and can suggest topics and guests: become a patreon! Link below!

Special shout out for this Wednesday when clown Sue Broadway is chatting to clown Chris Lynam and next weekend when Charlie Holland is talking about the Marvellous Craggs twice (due to time zone issues). On Sunday next we have a special guest: Caroline Dream a writer, teacher and clown interviewed by Sascha Goslin our in-house genius.

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 http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

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CPLS02E03 Nola Rae

Clown Power Live – Nola Rae

Nola Rae

Nola Rae MBE, is a highly experienced professional in mime, clown and all forms of dance. In conversation with Sue Broadway, Nola is invited to share her knowledge, expertise and passion.

Dublin: Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 21:00
London: Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 21:00
New York: Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 16:00
Los Angeles: Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 13:00
Melbourne: Thursday, 7th May 2020, 06:00
Beijing: Thursday, 7th May 2020, 04:00

***There are only 100 tickets to the live event***

Places offered on a first come / first served basis

Free. Donations appreciated. Patreon link below.

Register in advance for this webinar:

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Also live streamed and a recording available on YouTube after the event.

Nola Rae:

Nola was born in Sydney and immigrated to London with her family in 1963. She trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and then danced professionally at Malmö Stadsteater and Tivoli Pantomime Theatre in Copenhagen, before turning to mime and studying with Marcel Marceau in Paris.

She was a founder member of the French based International Research Troupe Kiss, co-founded Friends Roadshow with Jango Edwards, and was a member of the Bristol Old Vic Company. In 1974 she founded the London Mime Theatre with Matthew Ridout, with whom she has worked ever since.

Nola has received a Total Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award, The Charlie Rivel Award for Clowning from the Festival of Amandola and has been inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in the United States. Elizabeth’s Last Stand was awarded best solo show of 2000 by Venue Magazine.

Nola and Joseph Seelig were the original instigators of the London International Mime Festival, which has now been running for over 30 years and is the world’s longest running festival of its type.

Nola is also in demand as a director, her speciality being subverting tragedies by turning them into clown plays

Sue Broadway:

Sue is a director, choreographer and creative producer of circus and physical theatre, with extensive experience in large-scale and site-specific events. She also performs as a clown, compere and eccentric juggler. She was a founding member of Circus Oz in 1979 and went on to perform with them as an aerialist and acrobat until 1984. She then moved to London, where she co-founded, Ra-Ra Zoo. On her return to Australia she became Circus Oz’s artistic Director and has since worked on the several large events such as the London Olympics and in the comedy duo Batten & Broadway.

Zoo Logical 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:

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 last in April; he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please support Clown Power Live and Dave at patreon.com/zoological. Suggested donation £5. You could think of it as buying Dave a coffee and a piece of cake. 

CPLS02E03 Emil Wolk

Franki Anderson in conversation with Emil Wolk

Who’s who?

Emil Wolk:

Emil Wolk

Emil was among the early members and teachers of Suitcase Circus along with Reg Bolton, teaching in the Edinburgh Summer Circus School in 1977. He collaborated for many years with the People Show and trained with veteran Vaudevillian Johnny Hutch. Since the 1980s, Emil has moved between alternative and mainstream, performing and directing in film (The Tall Guy), television (Rake), and opera, as well as directing many companies including Ra-Ra Zoo and Circus Oz.

Franki Anderson

Franki Anderson

Franki has been researching the Fool over over 20 years.

Franki originally trained at the Laban Art of Movement Studio, under Lisa Ullman. Along her way she has explored Commedia dell’Arte, Circus skills, Mime, Clown, Acrobatics, Storytelling, Improvisation, The theatre of Augusto Boal, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Movement, Tai Chi, Reiki, and Movement-Therapy.

She has toured extensively with her own solo shows and with companies working in a wide variety of theatre forms from street to film. She was at the forefront of the street theatre movement in the 70’s and 80’s. Using mime and physical theatre to communicate with audiences, overcoming the limitations of language. Franki has been described as secretly famous. She has eschewed the normal career trajectory to follow ‘the fools path’.

In 1986 Franki co-founded Fooltime, Britain’s first centre for Circus Skills and Performing Arts, and subsequently created ‘the empty space’ theatre research studio in 1995 and co-founded ‘Act of Life’ productions in 1998 to facilitate and manage fools’ projects, workshops and shows. 

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 http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please, do support Clown Power Live and Dave at patreon.com/zoological. Suggested donation £5. You could think of it as buying Dave a coffee and a piece of cake.