The Lighthouse Keeper
This article is from 2008.
‘Clowning has an ageless appeal,’ says Clive Nicholas Andrews, of his new one-man show, The Lighthouse Keeper. ‘When I was a kid I grew up loving people like Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton. I’d call my style clowning with added vaudeville – I do dance routines to Sinatra songs, and hat tricks rather than circus skills.’
The Lighthouse Keeper’s eponymous hero, Oscar, is very much a lone clown in the style of Keaton or Chaplin, and not just because of the lonely nature of his occupation. ‘Oscar is down on his luck and looking for a job, but he’s also a bit of a romantic, so the position of lighthouse keeper appeals to him at first,’ says Andrews. ‘Once he arrives there, of course, he gets a little stir crazy. There’s slapstick, there’s water flying around – not too much on the audience but Oscar gets pretty wet!’
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