War of the Clowns

War of the Clowns is our third period piece and is inspired by actual historical events, rituals and characters from 17th century Switzerland. This 17th Century period piece is a stylistic blend of Dario Fo and Alfred Jarry. Though set in the distant past the message is a familiar and contemporary one: "Let's kill all the artists!"  

Synopsis: A pair of impoverished 17th Century street performers (Vilhelm and Schpitl) try to perfect their "William Tell" clown routine. They are rudely interrupted by a bloodthirsty, clown-hating military man named Captain General Vaggis.

They flee for their lives to the more "artist friendly" city of Berne. Vilhelm and Schpitl hope to celebrate Fasnacht with the good citizens of Berne but they are immediately caught up in a peasant revolt.

They join forces with a cynical peasant leader in a desperate attempt to fend off the Captain General's massive army. And so the stage is set for the first (and only) War of the Clowns.

War of the Clowns premiered at the 2011 Fringe of Toronto and was subsequently remounted at the 2015 Festival of Clowns on the Mainstage of Factory Theatre. The play is written by Dora Mavor Moore award winning playwright Mark Brownell. Directed by the much celebrated multi-Dora nominated Sue Miner. A magnificent cast featuring Hume Baugh, Melissa D'Agostino, David Fraser, Mark Ingram, James Kirchner, Richard Lee, and percussionist Greg Samek. Period costumes by the multi-award winning Nina Okens. Basel masks designed by celebrated muppeteer Trish Leeper.