What is the Play About?

Chop the Beanstalk was commissioned by the Bombari Youth Circus Ensemble of Waimate, New Zealand.

Various circus skills - such as clowning, juggling, tight-rope walking, stilt walking, unicycling - can be displayed to an audience and are linked by a story line and music.

Matilda the clown will not let go of her past. She has to chop the bean stalk to regain her sense of self.



"Chop the Beanstalk is a dance, song and circus spectacular, written on commission by NZ playwright Bruce Goodman under sponsorship of Creative New Zealand. It was loaded with skill and impressive enthusiam. Over sixty performers were involved in this event, including unicyclists, acrobats, ball-walkers, stilt-walkers, tightrope-walkers and jugglers.

Set in the context of a pantomime performance of Jack and the Beanstalk we followed the forlorn hopes of Matilda the Clown as she struggled with her disappointments."

The Waimate Guardian

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