Wordless delight with The Farmer and The Clown

A MUCH-loved story told without words has been adapted for the stage as a show for all the family by Bristol-based Flibbertigibbet Theatre and comes to Bridport Arts Centre as part of a spring tour, on Friday, 23rd February at 5pm.

An old hard-working farmer lives alone. One day, a baby clown accidentally bounces off a passing circus train and is left in the middle of nowhere, separated from family and friends.

A little reluctantly at first, the farmer takes the clown in. As time passes, they discover that by being with each other, they find something new in themselves.

Flibbertigibbet, a company dedicated to creating visual and physical theatre, has adapted this charming picture book into a new wordless play for all ages. It is a story of unexpected friendship told through physical comedy, dance and performed with an original live soundtrack.

The show has been praised as “great entertainment for 0-100 years. It makes you laugh and tugs at the heart-strings.”

Author Marla Frazee is an American illustrator who has won two Caldecott Honors for picture book illustration including the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Picture Book for The Farmer and the Clown.

The Flibbertigibbet tour will also be at Bristol Old Vic’s Weston Studio from 14th to 17th February and Bath Theatre Royal’s Egg on 9th and 10th March.