|About the Book|
The Carousel is an absurdist farce. It employs conventional theatrical methods. Set and technicals are minimal but good performances are required from 4 to 8 actors (depending on doubling). A feature of the play is the use of mime and (apparently) illogical speeches. The philosophy behind it is a verse from the Bhagavad Gita – (Arjuna, I live in the heart of all beings, and cause those beings to ride on a carousel powered by illusion.)The play comprises two independent but parallel acts. In each it it evening and the carnival has just departed. Bonno, a clown who is permitted to talk, is left behind and is met by three characters who wish to join the carnival but are too late to do so. In act one the three act out a relationship. In act 2 there are three actors rehearsing an incomplete play, the script for which is being dropped from an invisible figure in the flies. As dawn arises the carnival is heard returning however the three characters in each act find a reason to depart leaving Bonno to end the play with the same line as began it.