Twelfth Fish was a play at the Stage. It first premiered in December 2007 and had since then two encores. Rookie rewrote the script when the play made its second encore in January 2012.
This Shakespeare-like play is about a Countess, a Jester, and a Bard going to
fish. A fish goes BLUB BLUB many times, and the three try to catch and eat it. The overall concept of the script also resembles Monty Python's "Find The Fish" sketch, which also features a search quest for a fish.
The re-written version tells the story of how the Jester and the Bard help their friend, the Countess, find the Twelfth Fish, so she can count it.
As the play is heavily influenced by Shakespeare's plays, some of the lines on the original script parody famous lines on some of Shakespeare's works.
"To fish or not to fish, that is the question!" references ", a line on To be, or not to be" .
Hamlet "O fishing line, fishing line! Wherefore art thou doing fine?" references Juliet's "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?", line from .
Romeo and Juliet "What fish through yonder ocean swim?" is a reference to "What light through yonder window breaks?", also from Romeo and Juliet.
"The iceberg's a stage and we are penguins!" is a reference to "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players", lines from .
As You Like It "A stage where every penguin plays a part." is a reference to "And one man in his time plays many parts", line also from As You Like It.
"A fish! A fish! My puffle for a fish!" is a reference to "A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!", line from the play ".
Richard III" "If fish be the food of life, waddle on!" is a reference to "If music be the food of love, play on!", line from Twelfth Night.
The Twelfth Fish
The iceberg's a stage and we are penguins! Jester
A stage where every penguin plays a part. Bard
Fair maiden, shall we go and catch some fish? Jester
To fish or not to fish, that is the question! Countess
Good plan! Fishing is such a sweet comfort. Bard
Now is the winter of our fishing trip. Jester
As good luck would have it! Bard
The first thing we do, let's catch all the fish. Fish
BLUB BLUB! Jester
O fishing line, fishing line! Wherefore art thou doing fine? Fish
What fish through yonder ocean swim? Fish
DOUBLE, DOUBLE BLUB AND BUBBLE! Bard
But hark! What fish through yonder water peeks? Jester
A fish! A fish! My puffle for a fish! Fish
AY, THERE'S THE BLUB! Countess
Something fishy this way comes. Jester
With my empty tummy my eye doth feast. Bard
Now please get me a dish fit for the fish! Fish
BUT NEVER DOUBT I BLUB! Countess
Get thee to a fishery! Jester
"To dine, perchance to eat! Bard
If fish be the food of life, waddle on! THE END
For what is best, that best I wish in thee.
Fish, puffles, penguins, lend me your ears!
We crew, we happy crew, we land of penguins.
Small things make penguins proud.
January 2012 Script
Guys we're NEVER going to find that fish Countess
We've been searching for 3,429 days! Bard
You've kept count of the exact amount? Countess
What else is a countess supposed to do? Jester
Let's split up! Or better yet... let's banana split up! Countess
Bard and I will check the castle, Jester check by the sea Bard
I pledge to check every hedge! Jester
Now let's see here... I see the sea Fish
Hello there Jester
Oh my! And the sea sees me! Fish
Oh I'm not the sea. I'm a fish. Jester
Are you a rare fish? Fish
Well my mom says I'm one of a kind Jester
Perfect! Would you mind if my friend counted you? Fish
I guess. I've never really been counted on before Countess
Five hedges. Seven flowers. 4,365 stones Jester
Countess! Come quickly! Countess
Oh wondrous fish! Will you grant my fondest wish? Fish
Are you the one who wants to count me? Countess
Yes! Oh please, I've searched 82,310 hours for you! Fish
Would you mind telling me a poem first? Bard
Oh golden fish of sheen most rare Bard
We've searched the world from here to there Bard
Of all the places we have been Bard
You're the greatest fish we've ever seen Fish
Oh how lovely! Thank you! Countess
So may I count you, dear fish? Fish
Yup. Go ahead. That was a great poem Countess
Then it is my pleasure to say Countess
After eleven other fish before you Countess
You are the rarest, final Twelfth Fish THE END!
Many of the messages in the original play were based on quotes from plays by William Shakespeare. The title of the play comes from his play, the "
Twelfth Night." During Medieval Party 2008, The Twelfth Fish was played at the Cove.
In January 2012, Rookie rewrote the script for the play, making it easier to read for the actors.
He was also unaware why the Countess wasn't counting, and why there was only one Fish instead of twelve (which also made him wonder where the other eleven went).