Clowns with Guns (A Vaudeville) by Christopher Evans takes a theatrical and absurd look at the repeated and seemingly endless cycle of school violence.
Step right up! Step right up! It’s the SCHOOL-SHOOT-O-RAMA! And the question everyone’s asking is “Am I walking out alive today?”
Clowns with Guns takes a theatrical and absurd look at the repeated and seemingly endless cycle of school violence. It happens, everyone is terribly upset, things continue on as normal, it happens again.
This story is mean. There are guns. The play puts school shooting violence out in the open and forces all of us to do the same. Read the play with this knowledge.
Director Lisa Rowlands was eager to share the powerful experience that the student performers at Neath Little Theatre in Neath, United Kingdom had with their production of Clowns with Guns (A Vaudeville):
A fantastic piece. It was such a powerful play that genuinely had the entire audience thinking and even more importantly talking about the subject matter afterwards. Even though the play takes place in the USA it has implications in the UK that were definitely understood by the audience.
TIP: Definitely include the cast as much as possible. The production evolved throughout rehearsals with youth members becoming more and more engaged as their understanding of the play grew.
Great job, Neath Little Theatre!