Scaramouche JonesCategory: Past Shows
Creative TeamDirector Jonathan Constant
Sound Designer Nigel Collins
Lighting Designer Leo Steele
Set Design The company and Katharine Heath
Reviews"Unmissable, captivating... a near flawless performance" - Remotegoat (5 stars)
" bawdy, farcical and tragic, Tacit Theatre’s magnetic production more than bears comparison with Pete Postlethwaite’s acclaimed version - The Stage
" beautifully performed - Whatsonstage
" A masterly performance" - British Theatre Guide
Nominated - Off West End Awards 2010 - Best Sound Design
Tacit Theatre created a number of unique theatrical spaces, transforming two local pubs and a derelict office building into circus tents for its pop-up production of Justin Butcher’s Scaramouche Jones, a one-man play about a charismatic 99 year-old clown with a wealth of stories to tell from his journey through the ups and downs of the twentieth century.
We meet our narrator as the festivities begin on millennium eve, his 100th birthday, and the night of his final and most important performance. He relates his birth at the turn of the 20th century in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, tells of his childhood in slavery, his rambling across Saharan Africa, his gypsy life in Milan, and his eventual arrival in London, the home of his mysterious English father. Along the way he meets a spectrum of characters, each with their own profound effect on his life.
History of the Play
Scaramouche Jones’s first performance was as a radio play in 1998, played by Warren Mitchell. Pete Postlethwaite then took on the eponymous role to enormous success in Rupert Goold’s production, which toured throughout the UK and Australia. Justin Butcher also performs his own role in an ongoing touring production directed by Guy Masterson, starting at the Edinburgh Fringe and touring throughout the world .