Just Good Friends
Square Chapel, Halifax
By Adam Smith
Clowns are “prisoners of the light”, the performer mutters as he adds the final brushstrokes to his painted white face, red lips and nose.
Welcoming and intimate, this unusual performance by the Le Voyageur Debout Theatre Company was a clever and confident booking by Halifax’s premier fringe venue.
The evening begins with an unusual but delightful preset, the audience allowed to watch the step-by-step transformation of a man becoming his clown.
You are unsure at first of the clown’s purpose, but quickly become mesmerised by the almost therapeutic theatrical alteration process.
The storyline, ardently French, is suave and cool, engaging while also imaginative.
Parisian cafe music sits neatly in the background, cleverly underscoring and adding wonderful ambience.
Clowning is historically physical and comedic, sometimes even sad, and distressed, but the two gifted performers are so delicately expressive and precise, each individually possessing their unique traits and gestures which seem to intertwine like slick effortless choreography.
The two of them are real masters of their trade.
Non-offensive, different and simplistic, this show is suitable for all the family and is a real privilege to see. Sadly this was the last performance of the company’s most recent English tour but luckily they frequently appear at the Edinburgh Fringe.
I am confident they will be back in the UK soon with another fantastic theatrical cadeau.