Sheets

Clowning is largely known a children’s form of entertainment. However Sheets, the one-man free show from Kiki Lovechild, aims to bring the art to a new, adult audience. The somewhat loose plot of the piece follows a clown suffering from insomnia one night as he can’t escape longing thoughts of his far away wife and child. Through a sometimes untidy mix of mime, music and animation, Lovechild brings a wide variety of scenarios to life on stage thanks to the creative use of his bed sheets as a range of different props and costumes.

This show proudly demonstrates that clowning can be so much more than red noses and squirting flowers.

Lovechild’s character is far more three-dimensional than clowns usually presented to children. The piece features many moving moments when he is suddenly reminded of his missing family and these really tug on the heart strings. However, I also feel that the plot could be more central to the piece or developed further. There is no doubt that Lovechild is an exceptionally talented performer and his creativity is intriguingly channelled into this show. The origami-style folding of the bed sheets creates a range of different scenarios, some more innovative than others. My personal favourite was a section depicting characters from films and musicals with soundtracks. Coupled with full on audience participation, this created a fun series of sketches that received plenty of laughs.

Though clowning always includes some degree of chaos, Sheets sometimes feels a little too frantic and disorganized. For one thing, Lovechild needs to keep a closer eye on his remote control for the music as occasionally this came loose or fell out of his reach. There was one technical issue that halted the performance for a moment. However, it is impressive that Lovechild managed to solve the issue whilst remaining in character, plus his endearing personality meant the audience didn’t seem to mind the hold up.

There is definite room for improvement in Sheets and it could use some further polish in places. However, everyone left the auditorium with a smile and the adult audience Lovechild aims to reach was definitely won over. This show proudly demonstrates that clowning can be so much more than red noses and squirting flowers. 

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A clown show for grown-ups about the end of the world. See Kiki’s innermost thoughts come to life as he turns a night of insomnia and loneliness into a breathtakingly magical experience, transporting you to the best moments of your childhood. Kiki’s known for intelligently mixing visual comedy with heartfelt stories; his performances speak to your soul at the same time as you find yourself laughing out loud. Reviewers described his previous five-star show as ‘an unforgettable hour that cannot fail to make you laugh and love being alive’ (TheLatest.co.uk). See you at the end of the world!

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