Clowns through the Centuries

In this lecture we will travel back in time to the origin of the clown as an entertainment figure and as the icon of the travelling circuses.

How did the idea of the clown as a comedy character come to life? When was the peak of the popularity of the clown figure? How has the character developed through the ages? Why the red nose and the make up? This, and many more questions about the enigmatic clown character will be answered in this lecture.

We will talk about the different clowns that have amused and amazed their audience through history, and there will be a presentation of different types of clowns from different cultures. There will be old photographs, modern clown characters and the clowns’ place in mythology, society and, of course, in comedy. Warm welcome to this inspiring entertainment lecture


Lena Schattenherz Heide-Brennand is a Norwegian lecturer with a master degree in language, culture and literature from the University of Oslo and Linnaeus University. She has been lecturing and teaching various subjects since 1998. Her field of interest and main focus has always been topics that others have considered strange, eccentric and eerie, and she has specialised in a variety of dark subjects linked to folklore, mythology and Victorian traditions and medicine. Her students often point out her thorough knowledge about the subjects she is teaching, in addition to her charismatic appearance. She refers to herself as a performance lecturer and always gives her audience an outstanding experience

don’t worry if you miss it – we will send you a recording valid for two weeks the next day

Oct 3rd 2023 8:00 pm - 09:30 pm

£5 - £10 & By Donation

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