Previously unpublished manuscripts--James Frowde's account of his young life with the famous Henglers' circus in the 1850s and Thomas Lawrence's 1871 gag book--offer unique,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 More...
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Previously unpublished manuscripts--James Frowde's account of his young life with the famous Henglers' circus in the 1850s and Thomas Lawrence's 1871 gag book--offer unique,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 generated audience attention for the riders and acrobats, by parodying their skills in his own tumbling and contortionism, and also offered a running commentary on the times through his own 'wheezes' or stand-up comedy sets.
Jacky Bratton is Professor of Theatre and Cultural History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of New Readings in Theatre History (2003) and, with Ann Featherstone, The Victorian Clown (2006), which published previously unknown materials by Victorian comedians. In 2010 some of these stories were given a series of Radio 4 readings. She contributes to many radio and TV programmes about Victorian theatre.
|The Victorian circus|
|The Victorian clown|
|Victorian travelling shows|
|A microhistory from two manuscripts|
|The circus memoirs of James Frowde, a Victorian clown|
|Childhood and youth, 1831-1846|
|Running away to join the circus, 1847-1849|
|Out into the world to learn his trade, 1849|
|At last a clown with Hengler's, 1849-1851|
|A spell with Cooke's circus, 1851|
|The end of the story, 1851-1857|
|Thomas Lawrence's repertoire : popular humour unmediated|
|The 1871 gagbook of Thomas Lawrence|