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Clowning around in a celebrity world; REVIEW.

Byline: Marion McMullen

DROWNING ON DRY LAND, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, until Saturday. Running time 2hr 20min.

BRING on the clowns and enjoy one of the most bizarre seduction scenes to be seen on stage.

Slapstick and seduction make strange bedfellows, but writer and director Alan Ayckbourn's new comedy manages to offer both in his new comedy.

It takes a look at the fame game and the rise and rise of the celebrity. Ayckbourn's celebrity is failed sportsman Charlie Conrad who has become famous for being a lovable loser.

Charlie has it all - beautiful house, beautiful wife and beautiful children - but he is starting to believe his own publicity.

It all starts to fall apart when Mr Chortles is hired to entertain the kids at his son's sixth birthday party on the very day a journalist comes to interview Charlie about his charmed life.

Coronation Street's Stephen Beckett (above right) has fun as the celebrity famous for just being famous, while Sarah Moyle puts on the red nose (above) to play superfan and silent clown Marsha.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 10, 2005
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