Adapted from Philip
In the little
German town of Glockenheim many, many years ago, in the
dead of winter, 2 young men have a problem.
Glockenheim, like lots of little
German towns has a great clock on the town hall with clockwork
figures in it which come out when the hour strikes. Every
young trainee clock-maker must make a new figure for the
clock to show to all the town’s people on the day
his apprenticeship ends. Herr Ringlemann is the best clock-maker
in town and his apprentice, Karl is just finishing his training,
and so he must show his new clockwork figure, but Karl has
a big problem . . . he hasn’t made one.
Meanwhile in the
bar of The White Horse Tavern in Glockheim the townspeople
are gathered excitedly, tomorrow the new figure is to be
unveiled, and tonight the town storyteller, Fritz, is coming
to the pub to tell his latest story. They hope it will be
like all his other stories full of murder and ghosts. But
Fritz has a problem, he doesn’t have an ending.
As the play opens,
Karl comes to the bar to drown his sorrows, but little does
he know that Fritz’s story will unleash more than
a few goose pimples on the back of the neck.
Performed at The
Forum in January 2001