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About Scaramouche Jones
Colin Friels in Scaramouche Jones
Acclaimed theatre, film and television actor Colin Friels stars in British playwright Justin Butcher’s extraordinary one-man play, Scaramouche Jones.
First performed by celebrated English actor, the late Pete Postlethwaite in 2001, Scaramouche Jones broke box-office records in the UK and toured internationally. This brand new production features Colin Friels in his first solo theatre performance, and reunites him with influential film and theatre director Alkinos Tsilimidos, following their award-winning collaboration on 2012’s ‘Red’.
Butcher’s poignant tale begins as an ancient clown stops to reflect on the extraordinary fortunes of his life; orphaned on the wharfs in Trinidad, apprenticed to a travelling snake charmer and drawn into tragic circumstances as a gravedigger at Auschwitz. In turn, Scaramouche Jones explores some of the darkest episodes of the 20th Century and the universal themes of loneliness and family, albeit laced with the consummate wit of the circus clown.
In this challenging role, performed in Arts Centre Melbourne’s most intimate theatre, Colin Friels strips away the comic masks of Scaramouche Jones to deliver a totally unmissable performance.
“Butcher’s use of language is sensational … every line dances … like dynamite …”
Vicky Frost, Bristol Evening Post
“Extraordinary solo piece by Justin Butcher … “
John Peter, The Sunday Times
“Justin Butcher’s fascinating, poignant, funny play.”
Jeremy Kingston, The Times