Now on at the Project in Dublin, 'Johnny Patterson, the Singing Irish Clown' is the latest offering from Barabbas theatre company. Directed by Raymond Keane, it's written by Little John Nee, who also stars in what is a tribute to a 19th century Irish circus star. Orphaned and raised in Co Clare, Johnny Patterson was already famous in Ireland when he was lured to the brighter lights of America as a part of Cooper and Bailey's Circus. Known for his songs such as 'The Garden Where the Praties Grow', he became one of America's best known and highest paid entertainers. But he had demons aplenty and just about every triumph seemed to be followed by almost unbelievable tragedy. The final tragedy was his own - a return to Ireland and one performance too many. 'Johnny Patterson, the Singing Irish Clown' is on at the Project until 14 November.