The Only Clown in the Village (30mins)
The serious side of fun'
South Wales Evening Post
'Entertainer cheers up kids in Tsunami-hit village'
'Clown Lifts Tsunami Children'
Wales on Sunday
Produced by Undercurrents (2005)
The Only Clown in the Village
Britain's only Asian clown goes to Sri Lanka aiming to help children recover from the Tsunami and decades of civil war.Kingsley Perera, whose clown name is Theeeko, goes on a physical, emotional and spiritual journey across the tropical island.
But can a Welsh clown with a conscience really make a difference?
Undercurrents follows him as he goes back to his roots in Sri Lanka to help relieve the traumas of the Tsunami. His family in the UK are proud, but also scared for what might become of him entering the battlegrounds of the bitter civil war. Little do they know just how much the trip will change him.
Kingsley sees and hears how one village lost one sixth of its population, including children killed whilst they made their way home from school. The remnants of 150 years of British occupation on the island are still visible through the rubble but despite the trauma, Kingsley can’t suppress his natural desire to entertain, his infectious joy crossing the borders of culture and language.Life goes on and Kingsley meets other volunteers from outside the country who simply don’t want to go home. Others, less fortunate, who have lost more than just their livelihoods, have nowhere to go and no way to escape. Rice warehouses act as impromptu accommodation and art projects take the place of counseling facilities as children draw page after page of blue waves.