Marcel - Bouffes Du Nord, Paris
Two of the world’s most celebrated physical comedians and clowns, Marcello Magni and Jos Houben, in association with famed theatre company Theatre Bouffes Du Nord, have created a funny heart-breaking show that explores the perils of ageing and celebrates the pair’s longstanding relationship with Complicite that began in the 1980s.
Marcello Magni plays Marcel, a former performer, who is called upon by Jos Houben’s examiner to test his now ageing abilities and determine whether he is competent enough to renew his entertainment certificate. As Marcel is challenged by each step of the test, it is clear that, physically, his body has grown old but spiritually, he is still a child at heart. A masterclass in comic performance, Marcel pays homage to the history of clowning and explores all aspects of the art of physical comedy, from 19th-century music hall and to early 20th-century film.