The Nosemaker's Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon

by  Nick Jones, Rachel Shukert

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 1f

"Boisterous intelligence that can't be contained....Infectious." - Time Out New York

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The Nosemaker's Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon

by  Nick Jones Rachel Shukert

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The Nosemaker's Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Fantasy, Adventure, Period, Parody / Spoof
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A father weaves a magic tale for his daughter to justify his unlicensed plastic surgery practice, tracing the origins of cosmetic surgery to craftsman in medieval Europe. The hero of this tale is Gavin, a young orphan rescued from a dismal existence in the Ivanhoe Workhouse for Criminally Impoverished Boys when he is apprenticed with the local Nosemaker, and who eventually becomes one of the finest surgeons in Vienna, cradle of quack medicine. Using innovative skin grafting techniques and cutting edge alchemy, Gavin and his master seek only to do the Work of the Almighty by restoring small appendages lost to rat bites, dueling, and syphilis. But when they are unable to help a powerful and mutilated knight recently returned from the crusades, they find their feet over the fire...literally. Hilarious, subversive, quasi-historical, and thoroughly debauched...a fated collaboration between two innovative (and troubling) writers.
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"Boisterous intelligence that can't be contained...Infectious." - Time Out New York

"The play itself has the feel of a big screen production; add in Jones and Shukert's gasping-for-air hilarious script...and you've got a much better alternative to both Brooks and the Python crew's watered down inspirations forever making the Broadway rounds." - Theater Online

"Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert's The Nosemaker's Apprentice is that rare spoof that is not only a delicious satire...but also a comedy packed from tail to snout with guffaw-inducing one-liners." - The Brooklyn Paper

"Jones and Shukert are well on their way to becoming masters of the comedymaking profession." - That Sounds Cool


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Medieval (6th-14th c.)
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


4m, 1f
WULFRIC – an English Nosemaker
ULRICH – a Viennese Nosemaker
KENT – the Gatekeeper
SIR PERCIVAL – a mutilated knight
AMELIA – daughter of Wulfric
PASCAL – a French Manservant
JEAN-MICHELLE – Director of the Free Clinic in Paris
WAITER - at Café Gruel
HAROLD FLEETFOOT – a messenger
HANS – the Wife Smeller
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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

Casting in the original production was for a cast of five: four men and one female. Casting is flexible.


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Nick Jones

Nick Jones is a Los Angeles based writer. His play TREVOR has won numerous awards and is widely produced. His play THE COWARD received its world premiere at Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3 in winter 2010, under the direction of Sam Gold. Other plays include VERITE, and IMPORTANT HATS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. Nick is als ...

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Rachel Shukert

Rachel Shukert is the author the the critically acclaimed memoirs Everything Is Going To Be Great and Have You No Shame? Her writing has been featured in Sweeney's, Slate, Gawker, the Daily Beast, Heeb, and Nerve, and been featured on National Public Radio. She has also con ...

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The Nosemaker's Apprentice,Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon was first produced by The Brick Theater & Terrible Baby Theater Co. at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn, New York.

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