Circus Incognitus: Jamie Adkins Clowns Around at the Monkey on April 28.
Plymouth, NH. At 2pm on Saturday, April 28th The Flying Monkey is excited present Circus Incognitus. Former featured Cirque du Soleil soloist Jamie Adkins is famed for working hard to deliver a circus comedy that inspires squeals of delight from children and belly laughs from adults. Tickets for this concert start are $20 for adults and $15 for children.
Adkins’ circus is full of physical comedy. It’s hard to define what makes him so funny because his props are such ordinary things – a ladder, a chair, a hat, some fruit. (Well, the fruit does get a bit out of hand – audience members throw it at him and he catches it with a fork in his mouth. Sometimes.)
Adkins portrays an ordinary man with something to say – but he just can’t get it out. The circus begins with just Adkins, alone on an empty stage with just a single microphone. He uses his skill as a clown to tell the story of a man facing his worst fear: public speaking. He begins to create a show, using everyday objects that somehow become circus routines.
Each step of his show is fraught with new challenges and Adkins humbly tries to solve each one. The trouble is that his solutions tend to be a bit unusual. He juggles just about everything, maneuvers precarious ladders, grapples with his own antic chair, and confronts a hat with ideas of its own.
Adkins says his routines remind some people of Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton, but that he has not seen those silent film actors. “What I did see were Warner Brothers cartoons,” he said, “and the antics of Bugs Bunny or Yosemite Sam often came straight out of silent films. So Charlie Chaplin mentored me, by way of Bugs Bunny.”
Really, Jamie says, it’s all about laughter. “If I can use my circus skills to elicit laughter, that’s everything for me,” he said. “I’m very connected to the audience. I want them to have fun.”
Tickets for Circus Incognitus are on sale now: $15 for children, and $20 for adults. For tickets and more information on concerts and the Flying Monkey Performance Center, visit www.flyingmonkeynh.com or call 603-536-2551.