Around the World in Eighty Days is ideal for Readers Theater or small reading groups with a cast of 5, duration around 15-20 minutes.
Narrator: So. I believe, 8.45pm December 21st was the cut-off date – you having set off at 8.45pm on October 2nd.
Phileas Fogg: Indeed.
Passepartout: Hardly giving me time to get my head, let alone the rest of me, around just the idea of going around the world! Definitely not what I signed up for when I presented myself as your new valet!
Phileas Fogg: Well, there was hardly the time to go into all that!
Passepartout: I think it’s true to say I was whisked off my feet
Narrator: Embarking upon the adventure of a lifetime!
Passepartout: It was that all right. And one for which I was totally unprepared!
Fix: Aha! A victim of circumstance – like the rest of us!
Narrator: Hm. I’m not sure a detective quite fits the profile. Aouda, yes – a real victim and one whom I’m sure we’re all agreed was worthy of rescue. Though that was later on in the trip – let’s not forget what went on before that event.
Phileas Fogg: Namely our perfect timing of arrivals – in France, Italy and Egypt. Just six days that first leg of the journey taking us to October 9th.
Fix: And to think I couldn’t get that warrant of arrest sent out to me in time! I was so convinced, after questioning the unsuspecting Passepartout, that Fogg was my man! Very frustrating!
Phileas Fogg: Foolish man! And one obviously ruled by emotion rather than self-discipline.
Narrator: Indeed, nothing it seemed would ever alter your state of calm.
Passepartout: It is true. My master never at any point showed any sign of unease.