The Gizmo by Verity Laughton Adapted from the book by Paul Jennings Published by Penguin Australia

"Something is in my pocket. Something made of steel. It is the Gizmo. It is back in my pocket even though I just threw it away. What is going on here? Am I going nuts? Or what"

Two boys have to deal with consequences! ? Whilst at the local fair, Stephen is baited by his hero Floggit into stealing. He steals the whirling, twirling illuminating Gizmo, that sends Stephen on an amazing adventure of self discovery. Finding it impossible to just simply get rid of the Gizmo by returning, burying or throwing on to a passing coal train, the Gizmo starts to exact its revenge by placing Stephen in several extra-ordinary situations! Stephen’s only friend is his pet mouse but even she is becoming elusive. Stephen finds himself in pantyhose and a wedding dress, dragged around town on the back of the mad horse-Tiffany, chased by the local sports star and lumped with the smelly tramp's coat. Oh the shame of it! A fun filled adventure for the whole family and school groups alike.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
C, D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party

Nicholas Clark Management (NCM) Agent NCM is dedicated to making high quality Australian work that is highly theatrical and supports and develops the emotional intelligence of young people and family audiences. NCM regular tours work to national and international markets. Recent tours include Western Australia, Victoria, New Zealand, UK, China, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Malta and Singapore. (

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Unique Selling Point

A well known story for many generations. This is a comedy with a great message for young people and their families. Opportunity to go back and revisit the series of books by Paul Jennings and the great TV series Round the Twist. Post Show Q and A, including the opportunity to touch "The Gizmo" is also a great opportunity for young people to get an insight into the making of the show including the many quick onstage costume changes.

Marketing Materials

Available resources include high resolution images, media release template, educational resource for teachers, post show Q and A, script, venue references and new promo video. Full Tech Specs and Lighting information also available.

Community Engagement

The Gizmo includes a number of pre performance options that are included in the educational resource. We also deliver an interactive post show Q and A straight after the show with the performers including the opportunity to see and touch "The Gizmo's" used in the show. Photos can also be taken with the cast. The team can also deliver a performance workshop with the show on comedy, clowning and physical theatre.