The Clown from Snowy River

The Clown from Snowy River

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– Douglas Leonard, RealTime, May 2006

The Clown from Snowy River is an energetic, hilarious exploration of the Australian national identity. The Swagman, inspired by his beloved Banjo Paterson, sets out to stage the history of Australia. His clown assistant Dazza, however, intends to shed new light on the past.

Together these two clowns (one Indigenous, one non-Indigenous) attempt to present the defining moments of Australian history, from Gallipoli to the Sydney Olympics, showcasing iconic Aussies from Ned Kelly to Kylie Minogue. Created with and for young people The Clown from Snowy River is an entertaining, engaging and timely examination of reconciliation and the meaning of ‘sorry.’

Learning about our past is critical if we are to participate actively in our future. The Clown from Snowy River is one such teaching tool that gives students opportunities to learn about their past, not in any didactic way, but in such a way that they are intrigued and eager for more knowledge. This is a must-see show ... especially for SOSE and Drama.
– Sue Lawson, Arts Co-ordinator Years 7 to 12, Villanova College

The Clown from Snowy River has toured nationally. This touring production is an adaptation of the highly acclaimed six person production which premiered in 2006 and is published by Playlab Press. A DVD of the show with teachers resources and lesson plans is available direct from debase.


Script and DVD available for purchase

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The Clown from Snowy River script and DVD

The Clown from Snowy River script published by Playlab Theatre.
$23.95 each


The Clown from Snowy River – class set of scripts (min. 10 script order).
$21.95 per script


The Clown from Snowy River – interactive educational DVD package
$152
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Teachers' notes

Teachers' notes are available for The Clown from Snowy River as a downloadable PDF. These notes accompany the Interactive Educational DVD Package. PLEASE NOTE: You will need the access key (on the back of your DVD cover) to access the PDF content.

Teachers' notes PDF

Video Teaser

Production images

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