A life in the spotlight will keep anyone hidden. Julia Pastrana is the singing and dancing marvel from Mexico.
She is heralded across nineteenth-century Europe as much for her talent as for her unusual looks.
Yet few can see past her freakish appearance to the ambitious woman within. Orphans of the Carnival sweeps us from the music halls of Vienna to an attic in modern-day South London, playing out an epic tale of grit, love, music and the triumph of the human spirit pushed to extremes.