episode 04 // Helen Donnelly & Neil Muscott
a foolish conversation about clowns
June 2nd, 2016
I catch up with my clown teacher, Helen Donnelly and her partner/director Neil Muscott to chat about clowns, flat tires, preconceptions, clown logic and realness.
The Reverend Foo Revival Time
playing June 8th, 10th & 12th at Factory Theatre
as part of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.
Studied Architercture and Fine Arts.
Lived in several countries… and different continents.
I use hybrid mediums and crafts in order to challenge my skills and as result my Art.
Searching for inspiration by analyzing human responses when emotions and comfort zones get challenged by being exposed and stimulated artistically.
Searching for the positive within the negative and vice verse in order to charge my art emotionally and express muscle memory and mental images. My reason is a visually debatable subject that can involve through time.
Other disciplines I am exploring are Acting, Directing, Writing.
A live audio visual mapping projection performance of my visual works.
The name of the project is IN/Vision and is a subjective understanding of the objectives.
Creative adventures have taken Diana Kolpak from performing liposuction on herself to being a prima ballerina to seeking fallen stars in frozen wastelands to fighting epic cream-pie battles. Clown makes all her dreams come true.
BLUE is an interactive solo musical about the highs and lows of love. Stylistically, it’s clown meets the Blues by way of 30’s Berlin cabaret with a little detour through Las Vegas. The first song is set. The rest of the songs (all original) are chosen by the audience, so the tone and narrative structure of each performance is different. Lounge singer Sally Siren serves as guide, interacting with the audience, introducing each song with minimal improvised dialogue, and singing either a cappella or while accompanying herself on a toy piano. It’s a wonderful ride for everyone.
Norm Reynolds is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. A hit at the inaugural Summerworks Festival (CBC Radio, NOW Magazine), Put Up Your Hand went on to be one of four scripts chosen for the WordWorks Festival at Solar Stage. Reynolds has published short fiction in the United States and Canada, and book reviews in the Canadian national press. He currently teaches English and Drama in Toronto.
My dad died in 2000. The following year, I ended a long-standing friendship (not romantic). It struck me that both experiences of loss physically felt the same. I had the good fortune to workshop my play idea with Edward Albee at the Humber School for Writers. Albee said: “That’s a really wonderful monologue. If you put it at the end, you might have something.” I did. After some reimagining, The Good-bye Play had its premiere at Theatre Aurora’s Playwrights of Spring Festival, and TheatreStarts.
As the promo for the play says, some relationships never die. Leo and Patricia have split. Patricia has come back for closure. Leo isn’t having any of it. A comedy about grievances, petty and great, and the difficulty of finally saying good-bye.