Napoleon: A Defence by Le Navet Bete

Clowning in a war scenario

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Napoleon: A Defence by Le Navet Bete
Napoleon: A Defence: Le Navet Bete take a look at the Napoleonic Wars

Comedy can often be uncomfortable, and clowns give you the heebie-jeebies, not least with the territory they explore.

As part of the double bill from Le Navet Bete at The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, the clowning troupe take on the Napoleonic War in Napoleon: A Defence.

Nick Bunt, who’s part of Le Navet Bete, said: “We thought the Napoleonic era would be a good one to explore; and we wanted to see how clowning could fit into a war scenario.

“When we were workshopping it we discovered it could be laugh-out-loud funny, but also full of pathos and sadness. Hopefully the audience will find it quite emotional.”

But if war isn’t up your street, there’s also the company’s international smash Extravaganza! to enjoy. It’s a tale of three clowns who seriously dislike each other, so they decide to escape to another life… with each other.

The double bill runs until Saturday, March 3. Pop along to The Bike Shed site for bookings and times.

Here’s their showreel to get you in the mood:







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