Clowns is the sequel to Joyriders, reuniting its characters on the eve of the first IRA ceasefire, eight years after Maureen’s death.
The Youth Training Scheme centre has become the Lagan Mill Shopping Centre, and Arthur is about to open his new café-bar. Sandra returns from London where she has been working as a stand-up comedian, telling jokes about Irish people to make the English laugh. She and the play are haunted by the ghost of Maureen, a raw, mocking reminder of the tragedy that sent Sandra away. It is a play about the moment between history and future, its characters trapped by the pain of the past but faintly hopeful about an end to the conflict which has defined their lives.
Clowns was first performed in 1996 in The Room at the Orange Tree, Richmond.