The Superhero of English
The Great Circusman is a kind of superhero, but with no superpowers.
No X-ray vision or fists of steel, and cannot fly like a bird.
Instead, The Great Circusman is the story of a street performer trying to busk at Covent Garden Market.
For centuries, street artists from all around the world perform their antics in this famous London landmark to get a few pennies out of generous Londoners.
During the performance, The Great Circusman becomes some classic characters of the circus of all time.
A few of these amazing circus roles are
- The Strongest Man in the World, but unable to lift a feather;
- The Incredible Juggler, trying to balance an egg carton on a stick (not very successfully, it must be said); and
- Ruskus the Clown and his fun Enchanted Camera.
An amusing puppet, Llopiyu Ringmaster, acts as master of ceremonies and briefly presents each act.
- Show’s title: The Great Circusman.
- Author and performer: Ruskus Patruskus.
- Play’s genre and subject: children’s show about the circus world.
- Language: totally in English. It includes a teacher’s guide.
- Duration: 45 min.
- Age range: 3rd to 6th-grade.
- Performing space: any place with a minimum surface area of 3 x 4 m.
- Sound and equipment: a 20 W battery-powered amplifier is included. There is no need of microphone, neither platform nor special lighting. In performances with 80 children or more, a 250 W PA system with wireless microphone is provided.
- Set up and strike time: set up 45 min, strike 25 min. (Performances with PA system: set up 1 h, strike 35 min).