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The Victorian Clown By Jacky Bratton (Royal Holloway, University of London)

The Victorian Clown
by Jacky Bratton (Royal Holloway, University of London)

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The Victorian Clown, first published in 2006, is a study of the life and work of two professional Victorian clowns. Their previously unpublished manuscripts - James Frowde's account of his young life with the famous Henglers' circus in the 1850s and Thomas Lawrence's 1871 gag book - offer unique access to the roots of popular entertainment.
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The Victorian Clown by Jacky Bratton (Royal Holloway, University of London)

The Victorian Clown, first published in 2006, is a micro-history of mid-Victorian comedy, spun out of the life and work of two professional clowns. Their previously unpublished manuscripts - James Frowde's account of his young life with the famous Henglers' circus in the 1850s and Thomas Lawrence's 1871 gag book - offer unique, unmediated access to the grass roots of popular entertainment. Through them this book explores the role of the circus clown at the height of equestrian entertainment in Britain, when the comic managed audience attention for the riders and acrobats, parodying their skills in his own tumbling and contortionism, and also offered a running commentary on the times through his own 'wheezes' - stand-up comedy sets. Plays in the ring connect the circus to the stage, and both these men were also comic singers, giving a sharp insight into popular music just as it was being transformed by the new institution of music hall.

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About Jacky Bratton (Royal Holloway, University of London)


Jacky Bratton is Professor of Theatre and Cultural History in the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of New Readings in Theatre History (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and, with Julie Hankey, is Joint Series Editor of the Shakespeare in Production series published by Cambridge University Press. She also discusses theatre history on BBC radio. Ann Featherstone is Research Assistant in the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London. Her interests encompass popular entertainment and culture, and she has published on subjects such as public entertainments, the diary of a Victorian theatre-goer in Nottingham, and the portable theatres in Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film and Early Popular Visual Culture. She is also a part-time lecturer in theatre history and popular culture at the University of Manchester.

Table of Contents


The Victorian Clown: 1. The Victorian travelling shows; 2. Circus buildings; 3. A micro-history from two manuscripts; The Autobiography of James Frowde, a Victorian Clown: 1. Childhood and youth, 1831-49; 2. Running away to join the circus, 1847-9; 3. Out into the world to learn his trade, 1849; 4. At last a clown with Hengler's, 1850-1; 5. A spell with Cooke's Circus, 1851; 6. The end of the story, 1851-7; Lawrence's Repertoire: Popular Humour Unmediated; Thomas Lawrence's gagbook: a collection of Victorian wheezes.

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GOR009993223
The Victorian Clown by Jacky Bratton (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Jacky Bratton (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
2006-07-27
288
0521816661
9780521816663
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