About the Book
In the early fall of 1885, P.T. Barnum’s Greatest Show on Earth toured southwestern Ontario, playing to sold-out crowds. On the bill, along with the snake charmer, the tightrope walkers, the contortionist, and the bearded lady, were 28 elephants, led by the world-renowned Jumbo. Between their stops in Guelph and London, the circus crews were packing up, and unscheduled freight train came hurtling down the track and ended the life of the most famous pachyderm in the world. A cast of larger-than-life characters brings the last performance of the legendary Jumbo to life.
About the Author
Sean Dixon is a novelist and playwright, a co-founder of the seminal 90s Winnipeg physical Theatre Company PRIMUS. His novels include The Girl Who Saw Everything (published in the UK as The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal) and The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn. His recent plays include Theatrefront’s The Orange Dot, (which Toronto Star‘s Karen Fricker called a “Finely nuanced observation of male-female interaction… that is part triumph, part tragedy of wronged, vengeful women”), Blyth Festival’s The Wilberforce Hotel (published by Scirocco, about a short-lived African American settlement in 1830’s Ontario) and Tarragon Theatre’s A God In Need of Help, based on the true story of four strong men who were forced to carry a painting over the Alps in the early 17th Century (GG nominated for best new play). Upcoming is a play for the Tarragon (Orphan Song) about two different species of early humans involved in the elemental experience of adoption, and a children’s picture book about a kid making a family tree. Sean lives in Toronto.