SCHOOLCHILDREN were clowning around when they spent the day learning tricks at a circus skills workshop.
About a dozen eight to 12- year-olds learnt the tricks of the trade courtesy of Tweedy the Clown from Zippos Circus at the Groundlings Theatre Company.
Boys and girls were taught a variety of tricks and took part in a competition to get four plates spinning – with the loser being punished with a pie in the face.
Jasmine Samuel, 10, had a lucky escape. She said: ‘I really enjoyed the day and tried my best to win so I wouldn’t get pied.
‘It was such good fun and I screamed with joy when I won.’
Her less fortunate opponent Emily Kimber, 11, was pied but took out her revenge on ringmaster Damian Jay by throwing a pie in his face too.
Sandra Smith, promotions manager at the Kings Theatre, who organised the event, said: ‘It was an incredibly enjoyable day and everyone couldn’t stop laughing.
‘The children learnt lots of clever tricks.’