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The Clown Who Couldn't Smile

by Alison Chaplin

A gentle story with elements of comedy which explores the concept of happiness. Bonzo the clown has lost the ability to smile and is in danger of being kicked out of the circus and sent back to Clown School. All seems lost, then a possible solution presents itself - but will Bonzo recognise the key to happiness? Provides opportunities to include circus routines and musical extracts.

If you are giving a public performance of this play you must purchase a performing rights licence, available below.

Cast: 30-40
Runtime: 40 mins
Age Range:KS1,KS2
Genre: comedy
fairy tale/fantasy
Type: one act

Download Version

This play can be purchased as a download-only PDF version. You will need Adobe Acrobat or a similar PDF reader.

This version DOES NOT include performing rights.

This version includes a Full Cast/Character List, Production Notes with suggestions for props, costumes and staging, and Follow-On Activities for further work in the classroom.

ISBN: 978-1-906153-32-8
Price: £10.00
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Paperback Version

Supplied as a paperback copy. Post and packaging rates apply.

Includes some performing rights within the price.

This version DOES NOT include production notes or follow-on activities.

ISBN: 978-1-906153-11-3
Price: £15.00
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Performing Rights Licence

Note: some versions do not include performing rights within the price. If you are giving a performance of this play, then you will need a performing rights licence for any version that does not explicitly include it. The licence allows you to give up to five public performances of this play and is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. For longer performance runs, please contact

ISBN: n/a
Price: £20.00
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