Brian Freeland draws on his lifetime in the theatre business to present Playing the Clown, a staged biography of George Bernard Shaw.

The life story of Shaw, who himself described the clown as the best thing in the circus, will be shown at the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes this month.

In his entertaining show about the life, loves and writings of the prolific playwright and critic, Freeland is both narrator and player.

As himself, he starts to give a talk about his hero, but it is not long before Shaw makes his presence known, interrupting the narrator, chatting directly to the audience, and offering impressions of his contemporaries.

Playing the Clown; OSO Arts Centre, Barnes; May 7; 7.30pm; £6 to £10; or 020 8876 9885.