This fast-moving mystery has enormous scope for actors, circus performers and musicians. Jack Bertolucci's circus loses its big top in a storm which blows apart lives from inland Australia to South America. Penelope Pertwee, sent to the circus to take photographs for the local paper, begins to unravel the mystery of her aunt, the renowned circus performer, The Crimson Firefly. Meanwhile, street kid, Fingers, is making good in the circus, until his former 'friends' catch up with him. Music, humour, pathos, tumbling and tight-rope walking. Magic for kids, teens and adults. Excellent for secondary school students to perform for primary. Variable cast.

  • mystery/circus
  • 85
  • 17 total
  • 7 female identifying, 10 male identifying
  • 12 to 16, 18+
  • all ages, children, teen
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
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EXTRACT: Funny isn't it. I've never liked circuses. For one thing I'm afraid of heights. When I was about eight, I was taken to the circus.They had competitions, you know, the boy with the longest eyelashes and the girl with the longest legs. I was chosen as the fattest girl. A clown came racing up, scared me out of my wits, grabbed me and I was paraded around the ring on the elephant. They didn't say fattest girl, they said chubbiest or roundest or some other word, but I knew what they meant.

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