Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408161104.00000004
Acts: 2. Scenes: 19. Roles: Male (19) , Female (5) , Neutral (0)

Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie is a riotous, Rabelaisian stew of a comedy concerning the demonic Charlie who is always trying to jump, with both feet, into his left trouser leg.

While making a television programme about buskers, Michael Aylmer finds Charlie Ketchum in a lodging house, clutching a trumpet and stinking to high heaven. Intending to do a special programme on this uniquely virulent and garrulous character, Michael invites him to stay at his house. But when Charlie tries to resume his wandering life accompanied by a few household movables, Michael’s wife Joan discovers to her cost that even after a bath and new trousers he is dangerous. The first act ends with his trial; the second act begins with his release from a psychiatric hospital.

Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie was written in 1966 and rewritten in 1991. It is the latter text which is presented here.

From Barnes Plays: 3

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Peter Barnes

ISBN: 9780413699800

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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