The Swagman, inspired by his beloved Banjo Paterson, sets out to stage the history of Australia. However, his troupe of clowns have ideas of their own. Together they attempt to stage all of the defining chapters in Australian history—from Gallipoli to the Sydney Olympics, and from Ned Kelly to Kylie Minogue.
The Clown from Snowy River asks the big questions: What is the Australian identity? What historical events define who we are? And what on earth is a movement at the station?
The production’s premiere season was held at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts in May 2006. The show has since toured nationally to Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming, South West regional QLD (QTC), Sydney and Regional Victoria.
The education resources for this text feature: The Eight Commandments of Clowning and cultural notes regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island influences entwined in the play.
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