Kiki Lovechild is a professional idiot. He is one of the leading cabaret clowns on the UK circuit, touring with variety and burlesque shows as well as performing in theatrical projects.
Over the years thousands have enjoyed his tried and tested routines, which draw upon his training and experience in a variety of skill-sets, including mime, physical theatre, puppetry, illusion, escapology and more. His work is equally at home on large stages (e.g. The Kings Theatre Portsmouth, The Royal and Derngate Theatre Northampton, Epstein Theatre Liverpool, Todmorden Hippodrome, Nalen Hall Stockholm, Scala London) as well as more intimate venues (e.g. Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Madam Jojos, Stafford Playhouse, The Electric Theatre, Sheffield Spiegeltent). Whether it’s his lovable clown character trying to make sense of the world, his stunning butterfly and snow blizzards, his historical vaudeville performances or his quirky portfolio of puppet-based burlesque (Furlesque) routines, he has built a portfolio of routines to suit the wide-ranging variety of situations encountered in this industry.
In a theatrical context he has performed in a number of plays, including at the Southwark Playhouse, Chelsea Theatre, Etcetera Theatre and at the UK’s art festivals. His own solo clown show The Weatherman successfully toured on and off during 2013 - 2015, achieving critical acclaim and five and four star reviews. On the back of this success, three other shows were born: "Sheets", "The Man Who Knows Everything" and "Et Moi".
Kiki has reached his current position after a lifetime of performing, including taking theatre shows to festivals in Russia and Edinburgh in his early twenties, touring as a singer in Denmark and Germany as a child, and performing in the Royal Albert Hall at the Proms when just 11. Since then he has trained with physical theatre practitioner Desmond Jones, clowns Angela de Castro and Philippe Gaulier, and numerous other institutions including the Little Angel Puppet Theatre and the National Centre for Circus Arts.
Away from the stage, Kiki works in promoting the art of clowning through teaching his own workshops to cabaret performers and assisting on longer clown workshops as part of his role in The Why Not Institute - a clowning institute for theatrical and character clowns in collaboration with world-renowned clown and teacher Angela de Castro. Kiki’s current research is focusing on the ability of clowning to cross barriers such as language and disabilities, and in late 2016, he travelled to Asia with Epic Arts to create a new clown show for an inclusive arts group, including deaf and disabled artists.
Kiki’s success as a performer and teacher is almost entirely down to the fact that he dearly loves clowning and variety, and this passion becomes infectious and rarely fails to put a spring in the step of the audience. He feels deeply privileged to be a part of the world of show-business and to share the results of his training and experience with audiences around the world.
Kiki has Public Liability Insurance to the sum of £10,000,000. He has fortunately never had to use this because he is a sensible clown and performs adequate risk assessments for all shows.