Scaramouche Jones is an outstanding piece of theatre beautifully written by Justin Butcher. In a beguiling, beautiful, heartbreaking hour-and-a-half, we experience the life and the death of theatre's tragic comic.
It is 10:30pm Millennium Eve and ancient clown Scaramouche Jones is about to give his final and most important performance. The pale-faced child of a gypsy whore, Scaramouche was always fated to be a clown. From his birth, at midnight on New Year's Eve 1899 on a dingy wharfside in Port o Spain, Trinadad, his life has been a vivid odyssey through extraordinary adventures, crumbling empires and the darkest episodes of the 20th century.
Like layers of theatrical make-up, each troubled episode of his life takes strength from the previous one, and prepares him for the next. Now as the champagne corks begin to fly, he steps out from the circus ring, peels away his outer disguises and reveals the loves, brutalities, ecstasies and the tragedies that created the Seven White Masks of Scaramouche Jones.
Written by Justin Butcher
Directed by and starring Nigel Francis
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