Now adapted into children’s book form and available to purchase on Amazon as a paperback or ebook

‘Somewhere between hilarious and human’.

Luca (age 9), Big Kids Magazine

‘Because this tale is broad and universal, just like a life (or three), and can be melded and shaped and shifted in magical ways. And what CoHo has done with Kruckemeyer’s beautiful words is capture lightning in a bottle’.

Oregon Arts Watch

‘The most important thing is always the telling of the story – children demand imagination and clarity while adults deserve it. This is the secret of fables and fairy stories and it’s the standard by which theatre for children can best be judged. By that measure – and plenty of others beside… ‘This Girl Laughs’ succeeds admirably’.

The West Australian

‘But a simple story told well can grab your hand and take off running, leaving you breathless with delight. That’s what CoHo has done with its production of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s show ‘This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing’.

Oregon Live


Triplet sisters are left in the forest by their woodcutter father. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made – one sister will walk one way, one the other, and the third will stay right where she is. Twenty years later, having circumnavigated the globe, and fought vikings, and crossed oceans, and tamed wilds, and achieved greatness, the three meet again, as women.


2011 Australian Latin American Foundation grant
2010 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award
Finalist, 2015 CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work
Finalist, 2012 Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Award: Best Children’s Play

Cast size

This is a story told – this may be by one, by some, or by many
Previous seasons: 4-30 performers

Audience size

For ages seven and up, all the way to adult


60-90 minutes


(Argentina, Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Scotland and USA)


Atlantic Theatre, New York NY, USA (produced by Atlantic)
Coho Productions, Portland OR, USA (produced by Coho)
University of Fairbanks Alaska, AL, USA (produced by UAF)
University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC, USA (produced by UNC)


Theater Gütesloh, Germany (produced by Theaterhaus Ensemble)
Western Oregon University, Monmouth OR, USA (produced by WOU)
Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene TX, USA (produced by Hardin-Simmons)
Centerstage Youth Theatre, Allen TX, USA (produced by Centerstage)
Lakewood High School, Arvado CO, USA (produced by Lakewood HS)
St Mary’s Catholic High School, Tempe AZ, USA (produced by St Mary’s)
Frontier Academy Elementary School, Greeley CO, USA
Adelaide High School, South Australia (produced by Adelaide HS)
Meriden Anglican School for Girls, Sydney, Australia (produced by Meriden)


Northern Arizona University, Tempe AZ, USA (produced by Sophia Moreno)
Pointless Brewery/Theatre, Ann Arbor MI, USA (produced by Spinning dot)
Guildford Young College, Hobart, Australia (produced by Guildford Young)
Dubbo Christian School, NSW, Australia (produced by Dubbo CS)
Stage Door Cafe, Seattle WA, USA (reading produced by Theater Simple)


Prague Festival, Czech Republic (produced by Just This Once Theatre)
Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, USA (produced by ASU)
Carriage House, Ann Arbor MI, USA (produced by Spinning Dot Theater)
Yom Institute, Wyomissing PA, USA (produced by Yocum Institute)
Hope Academy, Pittsburgh PA, USA (produced by Hope Academy)
Da Vinci Middle School, Portland OR, USA (produced by Da Vinci)
Hemet High School, Hemet CA, USA (produced by Hemet)


Theaterhaus Frankfurt, Germany (produced by Theaterhaus Frankfurt)
Anderson High School, Austin TX, USA (produced by Anderson HS)
Natick High School, Natick MA, USA (produced by Natick HS)


Pennsylvanian statewide tour, USA (produced by Pitt Arts)
West Australian statewide tour (produced by Barking Gecko)


Buenos Aires, Argentina (produced by AmarGinados)
Imaginate Festival, Scotland (reading by Frozen Charlotte)
Lakes High School, Chicago IL, USA (produced by Lakes HS)
Casula Powerhouse/Q Theatre, Sydney, Australia (produced by Barking Gecko/Casula/Penrith)


Buenos Aires, Argentina (produced by AmarGinados)
ASSITEJ World Congress, Denmark (reading in WLPG Playwrights’ Slam)
University of Pittsburgh PA, USA (produced by Pitt Arts)
Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney, Australia (reading by Parnassus’ Den)


Barking Gecko/Casula Powerhouse/Q Theatre production 2012, starring Ella Hetherington, Jo Morris, Drayton Morley, Sarah Nelson. Director Noel Jordan


Theatrehaus Ensemble production 2014, starring Uta Nawrath, Günther Henne, Michael Meyer, Susanne Schyns, Mirjam Tertilt, Elena Thimmel. Director Rob Vriens, dramaturg Susanne Freiling

First Produced

  • First produced by AmarGinados Grupo (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2011
  • Supported by the Australian Latin American Foundation
  • First directed by Solange Perazzo
  • Spanish translation by Martina Amiras
  • German translation by Thomas Kruckemeyer (German agent: Rowohlt)
  • Polish translation by Joanna Derkaczew