Carnival of Curiosities
Theodore Fenwicke's three Victorian booths house 'The Man Eating Chicken' 'The Fortune-Telling Head' and 'The Wildman' of Kelvindale'.
Roll up! Roll up!..
'The Carnival of Curiosities' is a static (rather than walkabout) show with characters housed in Victorian-styled booths that are unveiled, after an amusing and lengthy preamble, by a Carnival Barker named Theodore Fenwicke.
All the talking is done by The Barker in the build-up to revealing each booth, one by one.
This dialogue is deliberately fantastical and preposterous.
The only other character that speaks is The Wild Man of Kelvindale ("unearthed from a Peat Bog beneath the beer garden of The Hamilton Arms hostelry in Kelvindale, Glasgow").
Theodore attempts to show the audience how many words of English he has taught The Wild Man. The show is made up of many repeated unveilings of the three booths, so it should not be seen as a one hour stage show, more of a 'looped installation'.
A normal event comprises 2 x one hour shows in a four hour period.
Each booth stands upright and about one metre square and two and half metres high. It is contained in a roped off area. No electricity is needed but can benefit from some lighting, possible spots.
The act is transported by van.