Samuel Penhastro

Samuel Penhastro is an Spanish artist based in London, passionate about comedy world in general and about Clown in particular. With a personal, intense and mainly self taught artistic education, he learns from professional masters of the Art of the Clown, like Leandre Ribera, Churry Silva or Alex Navarro, among others.

Along 17 years of professional career, Samuel Penhastro has been developing his skills in Theater and Circus disciplines, such as acrobatics, mime, Clown, juggling,dance, slapstick and others. He has also been creating, directing and performing inmany different projects.

During this time, Samuel has created several characters and shows, performing inmultiple international indoor and outdoor venues, which include big Circus likeCirque Amar (France), international festivals like “The World Festival of Clowns inYekaterinburg”(Russia), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Atsugi Festival(Japan), or worldwide acclaimed stages, such as “Bolshoi St Petersburg State Circus”(Russia), or “Teatro Circo Price” (Madrid). He also joined successful companies like“La FuradelsBaus”, “Els Comediants”, “Ale Hop”, “Producciones de Sonrisas”, etc.

These experiences have been very important for the development and evolution ofSamuel Penhastro as an artist and Clown; as they have required him to adapt hiswork to the different options that each context offers to this endless and fascinatingresearch.

Thelmo Parole

“THELMO PAROLE” is the result of a deep study and evolution along this path.

A very intense and delicatework, focused upon the connection with the audience. Thelmo Parole mixes disciplines like mime, balancing juggling or slapstick. All of them are used as a key to improvise situations with the audience, play games, share moments andevoke emotions.

With his unique and genuine, sometimes eccentric sense of humor, and a nearly missing sense of ridicule, Thelmo connects with the audience in an organic, humble, naked, and unpretentious way, transforming his sophisticated and nearly clumsy appearance into a ridiculous and nearly athletic one: taking off his glasses and changing his Suit with classic shoes and tie into a spandex and a superhero cape…

Thelmo, from his naive perspective and enthusiastic nature, creates a personal and close relationship with the audience, a subtle dialogue space, in a direct language without words.

Inspired by great Clowns from Grock to Buster Keaton, and transformed by the influences of modern times…

A Circus Show where the skills are not of primary importance…

A tribute to the silent movies, where nothing goes beyond the character.

A Taste of Vaudeville

A piano, an open space and two antagonistic characters. An enthusiastic clown and an indifferent musician. A cane, a hat and a spoon. A drum without drumsticks. A little luggage for a grand finalle. A duel to the death... A game with no rules, where everything is possible; A world where the innocence and naivete are a virtue.

The right place to enjoy, feel and smile... to think less and love more. A time when you can lose all sense of time, and when the present moment is the only thing that matters... A place where the street meets the Circus and the Theater meets the street A play with you all and for all of you.

Thelmo Parole, this time accompanied by Froik, a versatile musician, takes the audience into his own universe of live music, circus and comedy. A universe full of empathy and hope, where these two eccentric characters live.
A Taste of Vaudeville is a genuine search for beauty, fantasy, poetry and laughter... for the es-sence of the small moments, which transcends in a magical and warmth experience, designed to make you dream and play all together.

Thelmo & Froik, in a tribute to the classics, attempt to recreate their own vaudeville world. A show of Physical comedy with the thrill of the Circus, the character of the Theater and the spontaneity of the street ... Thelmo is masterfully accompanied with the charming and funny music of Froik, who puts the right intensity and timing to each situation, giving an organic and romantic taste to the performance: a taste of nostalgia, a Taste of Vaudeville....

A show with the spirit of the old times, when the comedy was focussed in the character, in the gesture, in the reaction and the situation... not that much in making funny things but in making things funny.



“The Show Must Go On” and “A Taste of Vaudeville” are the Thelmo Parole ?s Showscreated in London by Samuel Penhastro and performed in Theater Festivals such as:

  • Atsugi Festival

    Japan, October 2016

  • Tainan International Clown Festival

    Taiwan, November 2017

  • Cape Town International Theater Festival

    South Africa, October 2017

  • AlGhadir Theater Festival

    Dubai, March 2015-16

  • Busk in London Festival

    United Kingdom, July 2016

  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival

    Scotland, August 2014-15-16-17

  • Dundas Festival

    Canada, June 2018

  • Festival Fantastika

    Austria, July 2018

  • City Spectacular Festival

    Ireland, July 2018


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