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Johnie K

School CAP / Level 2

Awardee 2004

School CAP / Level 2
Cliona Curley and Alex Cooney
Colman Farrell

SchoolCap is a cultural awareness programme working with children in primary schools to promote multicultural integration and anti-racism, using clowning techniques. Johnie believes that laughter is not only a healer but also an educator.

Born in Dublin, Johnie K was tutored and trained by Tommy Fossett at the Blackpool Tower Circus 1985/86 and went on to become Children\’s entertainment manager as a Butlins Redcoat in Margate, Kent. Johnie then toured the UK with Zippo’s circus as writer / performer and commentator clown in a comedy car act.

Johnny then returned to Ireland to work in festivals, TV adverts, corporate events, theatre and film and joined Beg, Borrow & Steal theatre company where he played the lead role in three plays performed in primary schools nationwide dealing with issues such as bullying, one parent families and child abuse.
He went on to join the NGO \’Serious Road Trip\’ to conduct a humanitarian clown tour of Romanian orphanages and hospitals for 3 months in 1993 raising all funds through entertainment in pubs and clubs in Dublin.

Johnie returned from Romania to begin fundraising for \’The Humanitarian Clown Tour\’ of Bosnian refugee camps in Croatia for 3 months in 1993, using laughter as a healing mechanism for children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

He continued to work as a self employed entertainer throughout Ireland – and toured for up to 3 months at a time in post-conflict zones, raising funds and training volunteers in circus skills.

Johnie K, Impact Award, 2004


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