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The Slapstick Home PG* + live accompaniment by Guildhall School Jazz Musicians

Part of London International Mime Festival 2020

Buster Keaton and Sybil Seely stand in a room next to a piano which has crashed partially through the floor.

This programme presents a trio of superlative American slapstick comedies of the 1910s and 20s all revolving around the home.

In One Week (1921), Buster Keaton and his new bride are presented with their new home in flatpack, to be assembled – which they do, with the inevitable wonky results. In One AM (1916), Charlie Chaplin returns a little ‘merry’ from a night out and finds his home transformed into a kind of obstacle course, with a foldaway bed providing the most formidable challenge.

The home as a site of destruction reaches its apogee with Big Business (1929), in which Laurel and Hardy start a row with a suburban homeowner, a fight which escalates to breath-taking heights of gleeful trashing of valuable furniture, priceless objects, even the fabric of the house itself.

One Week (US 1921 Dir Buster Keaton, Edward Cline 19 min digital presentation)

One AM (US 1916 Dir Charlie Chaplin 26 min digital presentation)

Big Business (US 1929 Dir James W Horne, Leo McCarey 19 min digital presentation)


Composer and Musical Director: Carlos Lopez-Real (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)


Presented in partnership with The London International Mime Festival


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