The Man In The Mail by Joshua Phillips

The Man in the Mail is an adventure tale set at the dawn of the 20th Century. Inspired by the outlandish stories of science fiction writer Jules Verne, this is a mash-up of steam punk and circus that goes far beyond what your imagination can conjure.

The audience enters to see a large, unassuming crate sitting centre stage. All parts of the box (including the furniture it houses) are used throughout the course of the show, often more than once, to enhance part of the story.

The show tells emphatically interesting adventure stories that take the audience around the world — all the while testing his limits in acrobatics. The Man in the Mail is an example of dramatic storytelling, which is a key learning area for VCE drama students.

Kinko Klork tells stories of his adventures in between performing circus acts. Throughout the course of the show Klork is faced with a number of problems and uses his ingenuity to find solutions through outlandish and non-traditional means. This sets him on a new career path that results in numerous adventures that take place all over the world.

The more the audience learns about Klork, the more they realise the show is about isolation and the unseen struggle behind the glitz and glamour of this performer’s life. It reminds students that everyone has a story and nobody’s life is perfect. It also shows that there is no single definition of success. Klork’s outlet for managing his internal struggle is to keep coming up with new and seemingly impossible tasks to perform, which in turn, make it possible for him to achieve things he would have otherwise not been able to.

Apart from the direct utilisation of classic literature the show also delves into themes of isolation and aspiration to better oneself and leave a significant lasting mark in history. In Australia depression and anxiety effect 1 in 7 young people and half of all mental illness conditions in adults begin before the age of 14. The Man in the Mail explores the theme of mental wellness in a way that is accessible to young people without being abrasive. Instead he experiences highs and lows and continues to embrace his challenges with resilience. Joshua has carefully written these aspects into the show from the perspective of a young man who has suffered from depression himself for over 15 years. This gives him a unique take on the subject.

On the flip side of this, The Man in the Mail is an adaptation of some of the most exciting works of literature in history. Verne’s work has been adapted for generations into plays, movies and works of visual art by creators all over the world. Introducing students to Verne’s work will enable them to unlock the wisdom of a whole generation of literature.

Victorian Curriculum links: Drama, Visual Art, Design Technologies, English,

Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social, Intercultural

Meet Kinko Klork, the vaudeville acrobat who made himself famous by posting himself all over the world in a wooden box.

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Metro: 29th Apr 2019 to 10th May 2019
Regional: 29th Apr 2019 to 10th May 2019

Joshua Phillips
Duration: 50 min + 10 min Q&A
Artforms: Circus / Physical Theatre, Drama
Minimum fee: $1200 + GST for up to 120 students. Additional students $10 per head. Additional fees may apply
Suitability: Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Term: Term 2
Booking info: Technical Requirements: 5mx35mx4m space required, PA system and lighting preferred but not essential, cannot be performed on raked stage or asphalt.