The Great Circusman


The Superhero of English


A scene of The Great Circusman
An ideal show for 3rd to 6th-grade students.

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.

The show The Great Circusman
The Great Circusman cannot fly, but he will make you laugh!

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, Llopiyú Ringmaster, acts as master of ceremonies and briefly presents each act.


Fact Sheet and Sample Video

  • 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).

Additional sessions at no cost for bubble groups