Tentshow Pagliacci


A comic/tragic story - lifted from the Leoncavallo opera "I Pagliacci", wherein a clown must perform despite a broken heart - is performed by a troupe of travelling comics in a tent at a NSW seaside resort.

Substituted for the opera's Commedia del'Arte characters are Australian versions of renowned movie comedians, from Charlie Chaplin to the Three Stooges and Robin Williams, from Mae West and Doris Day to Phyllis Diller.

The resultant clash of comedic styles culminates in tragedy.

  • clash of comedic styles
  • 100
  • 11 total
  • 4 female identifying, 7 male identifying
  • young people
  • 18+
  • all ages
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 24

EXTRACT: Chanticleer possesses occult powers. The secret is in the basting. Embalming fluid. Plucked and anointed by Egyptian virgins before being buried alive with his master, the court jester, in Nefertiti's royal tomb, Chanticleer kicked his way out of the afterlife - observe those drumsticks! - and fled to Israel to become the very cock who crowed thrice when Peter denied Christ..

Adult themes


Male | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 31

EXTRACT: (on single breath) There you go, gorgeous, freshly nicked from a garden down the road, yeah, the old Akubra comes in handy sometimes, yeah, silly old bugger saw me but he rolled his motorised wheelchair taking a tight bend..

Adult themes

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