A freak show where Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, is Ringmaster. We meet a man with two bodies, a bearded woman, Siamese twins, a dog faced man and a hermaphrodite. Who are the real freaks, though? The performers? Merrick, for exploiting them? Or we, the observers?

  • music theatre, opera
  • 90
  • 7 total
  • 2 female identifying, 5 male identifying
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 4

EXTRACT: The Siamese Twins and The Fingerless Pianist,/The Lion Faced Chinaman, The Monkey Girl,/The Bug-eyed Woman, The Fang, The Man Of Wood,/Head-Hunters, Rubber Men, Leopard Skinned Wonders,/The Human Hammer, The Boneless Man,/The Mule Woman, Snake Children,/ Dog Eating Natives and Alligator Boy,/ The Human Ostrich, The Eyeball Kid,/The Human Fly and Spider Boy,/Sword Swallowers, White Negroes, Termite Men,/ The Frog Girl, Fish Boy, Bone Head and The Last Cyclops,/Human Oddities,Nature's Mistakes,/Rarities, Prodigies, Monsters and Freaks./ Everything is here for your fastidious perusal,/your gratification and delight,/

Jo Jo

Gender Unspecified | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 34

EXTRACT: Freaks/are an act of god;/whatever a person might mean by god./Freaks/ are also made by men;/whatever a person might mean by men,/or mean by made./ To strip the skin/from the inside/ of a young girl's legs/from thigh to ankle,/to bind her legs together,/ for years,/so that her legs fuse,/is to create/a mermaid./And how the mermaid sings./To you and to me/she sings./

Adult themes


Gender Unspecified | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 46

EXTRACT: Dear spectators, /You think that your gaze makes us/your possessions; that your revulsion, /even your wonder, makes us/Tamed captives, /Monsters /Of your childish dreams. /But we are free/ Beyond your imagining;/ We have dreams of our own./ Even without you we exist./ We require neither your curse nor blessing./ Dear spectators/ In your world/ Our wild possibilities are aberrations,/ Our strange beauty is fearful./ It is you who are captive,/ Domesticated by a thousand anxieties;/ Monsters/ Who cannot be distinguished/ One from the other,/

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