As the Waterford Pantomime Society celebrates its 25th anniversary, the paperback edition of the biography of the world’s greatest clown and pantomime performer, Jospeh Grimaldi, comes on sale to tell the fascinating story of laughter and madness of the man who gave the name Joey to all clowns.

The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi is a vivid portrait of a crazy clown, with madness in his family and an ego to curdle wine as he ground out hours of entertainment, often doing work in three different venues in one night. Grimaldi was idolised, feted and rejected in his lifetime and if it wasn’t for Charles Dickens editing his memoirs, might have been lost to history.

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