Junction Festival will send in the clowns

Merck,Sharp and Dohme will sponsor Barabbas Theatre Company’s world premiere production of City of Clowns, which will be one of the feature events of this year’s Clonmel Junction Festival, which runs from July 1st-10th.

Merck,Sharp and Dohme will sponsor Barabbas Theatre Company’s world premiere production of City of Clowns, which will be one of the feature events of this year’s Clonmel Junction Festival, which runs from July 1st-10th.

William Madden from MSD Ireland (Ballydine) said the company was delighted to be associated with this very innovative production and he was looking forward to attending the opening night in July and visiting the City of Clowns.

Barabbas, one of Ireland’s leading theatre companies, have already begun working on this unique project in Clonmel, where they will be running a series of clowning workshops over the coming months to build a local cast of over 50 people who will participate in the show.

The first of these workshops took place last Saturday and was attended by 18 local people, with children from 9 years old and many adults.

Local businessman Martin Dwyer, who was persuaded to attend the course by his daughter, said he was rather unsure about doing it. After the workshop he commented

“Having gone along with the idea of a clown as a silly man with a funny walk and a goofy face, I was really surprised by the workshop. It turned out to be nothing like that. Raymond Keane introduced us to a very different type of clown and I am really excited about attending the next workshop and finding out more about this type of clowning.”

The world premiere of City of Clowns will take place on Sunday, July 3rd in the Junction Theatre at the former Chadwicks building in Queen Street, where it will run for four days. There will be further clowning workshops with Raymond held in late May and during the month of June. If you would like to try a workshop you can register by contacting Josie Lee on 086-2619366 or by e-mail at josie@junctionfestival.com.

For more details about the project, log onto the Clonmel Junction Festival website on www.junctionfestival.com.