The barber finds a nose belonging to one of his customers sticking out of his breakfast freshly baked loaf of bread. He drops it off a bridge. On the same morning, Kovaloff wakes up to discover his nose is missing. Later, he comes across it in the city, dressed in a uniform of a higher official than he is. The nose won’t even talk to him, let alone listen to reason.
They won’t even let Kovaloff puts an advertisement in the paper for its return. Women spurn him. Mirrors spurn him. He becomes famous for the wrong reasons. Finally the police return it but now it won’t stay in place until it’s good and ready.

  • shadow live-actor play
  • 50
  • 7 total
  • 3 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • 18+
  • all ages
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: It was unbelievable! Kovaloff’s eyes were so right! His own nose as a high-ranking government official and in a general’s uniform full of medals, when there he was having to call himself a mere Major just to avoid being called a mere committee-man. And that was when he had a nose attached to his face! It wasn’t even an ordinary high-falutin’ general’s uniform with medals, either, but it was gold-embroidered with a stiff, high collar, trousers of chamois leather, and a sword hung at its side… something Kovaloff had only dreamed of ever being able to wear!

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