Principal roles: Piper (dancer); The Chairman (tenor); Jack (tenor); Joy, the Crane Chaser (soprano); Joy's Daughter (soprano); Fool (spoken). All roles except Piper and The Chairman may be taken by young (9-18 years) and/or inexperienced performers.
2-0-2-0 / 0-2-0-0 / 4 recorders / elec guit / 1 perc / pno (4 hands) / strings / tape
(N.B. 1st trumpet, percussion and string section leaders should be professional or experienced players; other parts are relatively simple.)
Commissioned by the Australian Bicentennial Foundation
First performance by School of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong. Bill Paton (Piper), Gerald English (The Chairman), David Vance (conductor), Des Davis (producer), Richard Hook (designer); Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong, 30 September 1988