Carpet Theatre Presents

Pierrot 2000’s

a physical comedy show

 Pierrot 2000's by Carpet Theatre 2012-13

 'Carpet Theatre explode an engaging mix of music, vaudeville and slick physical comedy called Pierrot 2000’s. The pierrots of the title are white-clad, red-haired, po-faced Gin and Ger, who trade hats, punches and personalities with amazing dexterity, all to the strains of a plaintive button accordion.'Irish Times

Supported by Dublin City Council in 2013

(originally Commissioned by Mermaid Arts Centre)

Featuring: Karl Quinn, Mark FitzGerald and Tom Lane

Directed by Ciarán Taylor 

Pierrot 2000’s updates a former seaside tradition for a fresh outdoor classic physical comedy and music show.

The show is inspired by the 19th and early 20th century tradition of seaside variety entertainment, performed by Pierrot Troupes in distinctive costumes for holidaymakers on bandstands and makeshift stages, including famously at Bray Co Wicklow. 

Background:

Pierrot 2000’s was commissioned by Mermaid Arts Centre Bray from then Theatre Artist in Residence Ciarán Taylor and his company Carpet Theatre in 2012. Looking back at classic comedy routines and the Pierrot Troupes’ performance of popular songs the company developed an up to date lively performance to brighten up your summer day by the sea.

Description:

 Including some quirky takes on classic hits and current pop, the show’s central double act recalls the tradition of Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers, and The Three Stooges. The two performers both aided and hindered by their long-suffering musical accompanist struggle to put on a show for the expectant crowd, with unexpected and hilarious results.

Setting:

The show for all of the family can be performed outdoors in various settings such as bandstands or green spaces, and can even move indoors if the weather absolutely won’t co-operate. As the audience will be most likely standing or sitting on the ground the performance last about 25 minutes and can be repeated on the same day.

Performances:

Pierrot 2000’s was performed in Wicklow town for Wicklow Arts Festival, and on Bray head during the inaugural Arcadia Festival. The Bray performance was in the context of the ‘Arcadia Picnic’ and close to 300 of all ages attended.

The performance was localised and tailored to the venue and was a great success, adding to the celebratory atmosphere. Without any of the patter which often characterises outdoor performances, the three characters’ physical humour and songs appealed to a wide audience, recalling the traditional Seaside Pierrots while being thoroughly up to date. The performance was acoustic and took place on a mat in front of a large grassy bank. Audience members commented on the slickness of the routines and the glee of reliving childhood humour.