The Valley of Echoes

by Brian Way


Age Advice: Grades 3 - 4

The Valley of Echoes was first produced by Theatre Centre in 1966. As the second in a trilogy based on a “clown”, it was written and directed by the author for presentation to children in schools and was toured throughout the British Isles for a year.

[The Clown] is not an act put on, it is a real part of his own personality; and governing it all is an all-embracing warmth, gentleness, innocence and simplicity – so simple that it is almost irresistible to play practical jokes on him; then one feels miserable and guilty for having done so, so transparent is his humility and good humour. He is the staunchest of friends – and might be a difficult enemy. And he has indomitable courage.


(Two men and two women)

The Echo King
Doublef, King of the Forest of Fear
Icicle, Queen of the Mountain of Memorie
Stalag, Leader of the Stalagmites and Stalagtites
Misty, leader of the Mist People
Six Stalagmite People
Six Mist People

Creative Team

Writer: Brian Way
Director: Brian Way

The information on this page has been gathered from archive materials and is incomplete. Do you have more information about this play, or were you involved in its production? Let us know by leaving a comment below or contacting us.

A copy of the script is held by the British Library.

"Look, stranger. Some of the things I do and say may seem rather upside down to you. It's the Stalagtite blood in me."


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