This is the story of a king. This is the story of a hunchback. This is the story of a scientist, his robot boy and the unluckiest girl in the world. Three stories rooted in three different theatrical traditions. A Greek tragedy about a war waged to combat famine. A morality play about a persecuted freak, convinced that an award awaits him in Heaven. And a melodrama about invasive medical science.
Inspired by D.H. Lawrence’s The Rocking Horse Winner and the first Zuppa Circus company workshop with Phillipe Gaulier, Between Wonder and Amusement featured the ensemble’s first collaboration with a writer. Peter McBain developed the script alongside and in response to the creative work of the ensemble.
Following its initial run, the show was developed further, eventually becoming Uncle Oscar’s Experiment. Between Wonder and Amusement, Uncle Oscar Was Silent was commissioned by Two Planks and a Passion Theatre and was performed at the North Street Church in December 2002.