The Bunyip | NewMusicalsInc /* Mobile Menu Retract ---------------------------------*/

The Bunyip

                                                                                                                                                                   BACK TO LISTINGS

The Bunyip

by Andrew Lang

Genre: Fairy Tale
Setting: Fantasy
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length: 30 Minutes

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely

EXCERPT:

The old men were sitting in front, the children were playing, and the women chattering together, when the little Bunyip fell into their midst, and there was scarcely a child among them who did not know that something terrible was upon them. ‘The water! the water!’ gasped one of the young men; and there it was, slowly but steadily mounting the ridge itself. Parents and children clung together, as if by that means they could drive back the advancing flood; and the youth who had caused all this terrible catastrophe, seized his sweetheart, and cried: ‘I will climb with you to the top of that tree, and there no waters can reach us.’ But, as he spoke, something cold touched him, and quickly he glanced down at his feet. Then with a shudder he saw that they were feet no longer, but bird’s claws.



COMMENTS:

A very brief tale, about a nasty water creature who exacts his revenge upon the people who killed its cub. More of a moment than a story. Might make a very interesting, moody story-song; but not enough here even for a very brief musical. (Besides, what a strange word for a creature: Bunyip?)


VIEW SOURCE DOCUMENT

                                                                                                                                                                    BACK TO LISTINGS