From Sesame Street to Athlone!

Athlone Film Club is delighted to bring the heart-warming documentary Being Elmo to the Dean Crowe Theatre on Tuesday October 30 at 8pm.

Sesame Street’s helium-voiced red monster is loved the world over, but most of us know next to nothing about the artist behind the puppet persona. This film aims to remedy that, chronicling the life of Elmo mastermind Kevin Clash.

Fascinated by puppets from an early age, Clash started making his own muppets and characters and put up backyard shows for the neighbourhood kids. As a teenager, Clash dreamed of working with master puppeteer Jim Henson. Clash eventually found a home on Sesame Street in the mid-80s and by coincidence was assigned the role of Elmo. He ended up reinventing the character, deciding that Elmo should stand for pure love.

Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this fascinating documentary contains rare behind-the-scenes archival footage, offering a look at Sesame Street that will delight viewers of all ages. All are welcome and there will be a special children’s admission rate on the night! Adults are welcome to join us for a glass of wine from 7.30pm in the Theatre Bar.

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