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This rich collection of readings offers a wide ranging and authoritative survey of clown practices, history and theory, from the origins of the word clown through to contemporary clowning Covering clowns in theatre, circus, cinema, TV, street and elsewhere, the author s stimulating narrative challenges assumptions and turns orthodoxy on its headN DAVISON is Visiting Lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK where he was formerly Creative Fellow investigating Clown Actor Training He has been a clown, teacher, director, actor and writer for the lastyears He is a co founder of the Escola de Clown de Barcelona in Spain, where he developed the first ever Clown History and Theory unit He is also a member of the World Parliament of Clowns