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When I was a young teen, there was this clown called Manne on TV. I remember finding it interesting to have a clown for a children's program, and I also found it interesting that he specifically included the deaf in his shows, as he constantly used sign language as part of his act, and beautifully so!

Anyhow, a few years later, the clown Manne disappeared from my consciousness, except for maybe sometimes lightly wondering what became of him. He was like a fond but long gone memory.

This year, while looking at the Park Theatre calendar, I saw that the clown Manne was having a few shows. Recalling my fond memories of him, I immediately decided that I would go see the show, and since Jacob would be around, I would of course take him with me!

The show itself was great in its simplicity and the general clownness, also featuring Manne's son and daughter, clowns as well! Jacob (almost literally) screamed with laughter, and I had a lot of fun too! I also noticed that while this show was geared toward kids, it also had ingredients for grown-ups, in the form of some discret jokes sprinkled into the show that visibly flew over the kids while having the grown-ups laugh. What impressed me the most, though, is how they still hold on to having sign language as part of their show, and how transparently they do it, you have to look to really notice!

Anyway, I guess I love this old clown, who seems to do damn well. It's been good to see ya again, Manne!

Posted Jul 1, 2007 9:21:19 AM +0200 | Tags: theatre

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