I wish we'd been able to use all the wonderful writing that the children produced. Without the need to keep to strict historical accuracy, they created a surreal but endearing view of 1915 life from their 21st century viewpoint. We had to omit so much of this material just to keep the narrative going, but it seems a pity not to use them, so here are some of them on the blog instead.
I couldn't use Ryan's thoughts about the promoter because MABEL is the promoter of the flea circus, and so there is no room for the sinister sounding Mr. Lionel McRowan....
"Lionel McRowan was a stiff guy. He was black, with a bad attitude. He wore messy clothes. He put the posters up and asked if anyone would like to audition to be a circus animal. He got security guards. And he got audiences. They had to pay ten pounds per person."
This is how I imagine Lionel McRowan. Nasty!
Another bit we couldn't use was how Calie got Mabel to the coast, to get the boat to France.
"When Mabel left her house she didn't have any money so she couldn't get a taxi or anything that you had to pay for. Luckily for her, her fleas could talk so she told her fleas to talk to a horse and got a horse to take her to the coast."
And so one did. Just as well that there is sometimes a stray horse wandering around the road with nothing much to do