Pie-in-the-face stunts for Tweedy the clown

clowning around: students Jasmine Samuel, ten (left) and Emily Kimber, 11 (right) with (l-r in centre) ringmaster Damian Jay and Tweedy the Clown of Zippo Circus at The Groundlings Theatre Company.
clowning around: students Jasmine Samuel, ten (left) and Emily Kimber, 11 (right) with (l-r in centre) ringmaster Damian Jay and Tweedy the Clown of Zippo Circus at The Groundlings Theatre Company.

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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.’