After The Sideshow - Bernard Morris - ebook

A play set any time between the 1800s and the 1960s when the sideshow attractions of the circus were a popular form of entertainment.

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a play


Bernard Morris

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© 2014 Bernard Morris

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The author asserts the moral right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work. All Rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrievable system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means without the prior written consent of the author, nor be otherwise circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

Permission to perform this play is only granted for use in acting classes and auditions.

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This play could be set any time between the 1800s and the 1960s when the sideshow attractions of the circus were a popular form of entertainment.

SCENE: Park, late at night. Young woman sitting alone on park bench with her thoughts, large tree behind her.

VOICE: (from behind tree) Penny for your thoughts?

WOMAN: (standing, startled) Oh my…

VOICE: Sorry to startle you, madam. Please feel free to re-park your bottom. I promise I will not bite.

WOMAN: Who’s there? Who is it?

VOICE: Nobody in particular.

WOMAN: Who? Who is it?

VOICE: There is no reason to be afraid, madam. I can see that you are very much on edge. Relax. I mean no harm. I’m just a belittled human being, a disowned and depreciated human being.

WOMAN: I can’t see you. Step out of the shadows so I can see you.

VOICE: I can assure you, I am not a pretty sight. I was in the sideshow.


VOICE: There’s no need to be afraid though; I wouldn’t harm a tsetse fly.

WOMAN: What are you doing here? The carnival has gone.

VOICE: Ten out of ten for observation.

WOMAN: Why has it left you behind?

VOICE: It didn’t leave me; I left it. I’ve had enough of the sideshow.

WOMAN: Oh. (PAUSE) Where do you live? Are you from around here?

VOICE: Ask a lot of questions, don’t you?

WOMAN: I’m only trying to make conversation.

VOICE: So you’re not really concerned where I live? You’re just trying to make conversation?

WOMAN: Of course I’m concerned.