He and his fellow clowns are tender, doleful creations, their bodies hidden in shapeless bright yellow or dull green, their eyes dark sockets, and their outsize shoes perfect for penguin-like shuffles across the stage.

The routines are sometimes tantalisingly brief (a shiny blue ball twirled momentarily on a huge upturned nose), sometimes extended (a touching station farewell with a half-clothed coat stand). Barely a word is spoken.

But what makes this show unforgettable is the way it involves children and adults alike as an enormous gossamer web stretches overhead and seemingly disintegrates to nothing, flurries of snow coat us in white, and young and not so young join in the playful finale as the performers clamber over the seats to the exit.

Royal Festival Hall South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
SE1 8XX 
0844 847 9910
Tube: Waterloo
Until 8th January
£20 – £47.50

– Louise Kingsley