So having come up with five different story ideas for a restaurant a clown and a lasso, I decided to try and further them and see if they could be refined in any way and made even more believable. So here is the original idea 2- A very busy restaurant is thrown into turmoil when a mischievous clown awaiting the arrival of a children’s birthday part, roams around the buzzing kitchen, pulling gags on the cooks, which end disastrously.
In trying to further the story idea and bring it together a friend provided me with a great back story and resulted in the following idea.
A clown becomes unemployed as the fairground circus he works in is closed down. To survive, the clown manages to land himself a job as a waiter at a local restaurant. Settling into the new role proves difficult however as the clown find it tough to kick his entertaining habits; Plate spinning, knife throwing, lassoing, rolling gags become a day-to-day thing within this restaurant. The manager is anything but entertained. The clown, being quite skilled with his lasso uses it as his best act; latching onto the staff’s wrists as they go to set puddings on the table and then tugging, sending ice cream flying. But the last straw happens when he lasso’s a cheesecake and accidentally swings it, smacking the manager in the face. The clown is promptly sacked. The day after the clown is forced to leave; the manager reads a review on his restaurant by a top critic. He discovers, to his horror, that the waiter was a hit and was also beginning to generate a lot of business. The customers loved the crazy antics of the clown waiter, laughing at and even being part of his gags and that was why they had continued to come back. In an attempt to rectify his mistake the manager goes looking for the clown to employ him once more. A few months later and all the waiting staff are entertainers from the closed down circus and they are reveling in worldwide praise.
Feedback would be appreciated!! I’m struggling on which ideas from my earlier five to take forward, which are linked here.