CBCA Younger Readers’ Book adaptation for Book Week & Literacy Week
Available term 3
About the show:
Each year, in celebration of Book Week and Literacy Week, we adapt one of the books shortlisted for the CBCA Younger Readers Book of The Year Award.
We create a 40 minute musical production including original songs and puppetry.
This year’s adaptation:
Peter Carnavas’ The Elephant adapted for the stage by Meerkat Productions
‘Your dad won’t fix your bike – until you fix your dad.’
Olive’s father has a sadness so big that she imagines it as an enormous elephant following him around. Every day Olive sees the elephant. And every day, she wishes it would go.
With the help of her cheery grandad and best friend, Arthur, Olive sets out to chase the elephant away.
Here’s a video from Peter Carnavas about the book
Curriculum Areas: English; Critical & Creative Thinking; Arts
Key Learning Areas: Drama, Dance, Music, SOSE, Literacy
Suitable for: Grades 3 to 8
$8.80 (exc. GST) per student.
Please note there is a minimum of $880 (exc. GST) for up to 100 students
Our previous adaptations:
Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade by Kate & Jol Temple
“Interactive and engaging.” - Echuca East Primary School, VIC
“Great show, very funny. Great adaptation of the book.” - Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School, Croydon Hills, VIC
Run, Pip, Run by J.C. Jones
"I thought the comedy was on point. Their acting was outstanding, amazing voices and talent."
"My favourite part of the incredible show is the puppets...The show can be improved by NOTHING because it was perfect."
"The movement throughout the room was incredible. Every student had their attention fixed the entire time. The Q&A session where the kids got to ask questions was excellent. I liked pulling out some of the positive themes of friendship, etc."
St Michaels PS, North Melbourne, VIC
"Just a quick thank you for a wonderful performance of Run, Pip, Run yesterday. Debbie and Luke were terrific and the kids were so engaged and asked a heap of questions. Well done!"
J.C. Jones, Author of Run, Pip, Run
"It was tremendously well done and how you got so much detail into 45 minutes is just amazing. The two musical pieces were a terrific addition."
Allen & Unwin, Publisher of Run, Pip, Run
"The puppetry was excellent. Clever use of space. Great interaction with the audience and getting them involved."
Morang South PS, VIC
"Audience were very engaged. Actors very professional and entertaining. Faces of children said it all.
Siena PS, Sippy Downs, QLD
"I liked how you had different focus areas so the children were looking in all directions."
Al Sadiq College, Greenacre, NSW
The Simple Things by Bill Condon
Goulburn Valley Grammar School, Shepparton VIC
“I could not have hoped for a better adaptation of my book. I’ve had several plays produced and another of my books adapted for stage, but none have come anywhere near the high standard I witnessed today. I think it was far more entertaining than many plays I’ve seen at city venues. I’m not saying that just because it was based on my book, but because of the acting, direction - the whole package.”
Bill Condon, author of The Simple Things
2014 My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg
Kyneton PS, VIC
"Wonderful, thoughtful, engaging and stimulating visual performance that did not shy away from the sensitive issues in the text but balanced the performance (in common with the style of the book) with alternating sad, bitter sweet moments and hilarity."
Wattle Park Primary School, VIC
2013 Other Brother by Simon French
Camelot Rise PS, Glen Waverley VIC
"A very original and entertaining performance. All kids were fully engaged throughout the entire performance. We all thought it was a very unique and highly engaging way to tell a story with a message! Well done!"
Woodport Public School, Erina NSW
2012 Bungawitta by Emily Rodda
St Monica's Primary School, Evatt, ACT
“Primary students watched amazing drama on the Book Week story, “Bungawitta”, set in outback Australia. This story showed how kids can achieve so much.”
Forster Primary School, Forster, NSW
2011 Duck for a Day by Meg McKinlay
Camberwell South PS, Camberwell, VIC
“A genuine career highlight... watching it made me a bit teary.”
Meg McKinlay, Author “Duck for a Day”
“Fabulous performance! The students loved the characters, the puppetry and the songs! Mrs Melvino was outrageous.”
St Patrick's PS, North Parramatta, NSW
2010 Matty Forever by Elizabeth Fensham
St MacArtans Primary School, Mornington. VIC
"The play related really well to issues and concerns that children in Yrs 5 & 6 deal with. It was good for the children to see how a problem that the character faced could be resolved, i.e., demonstrating conflict resolution skills (integrating well with curriculum/programs taught in class)...Very appropriate for the age group as they children were very engaged and attentive...Great performance! Well done."
Holy Spirit Primary School, Carnes Hill, NSW
2009 Audrey of the Outback by Christine Harris
The Patch Primary School, The Patch, VIC
"Great show! Even though I have read the book I couldn't tell where events had been left out. The action and flow were seamless from one story section to the next!"
Nulkaba Public School, Nulkaba, NSW
2008 Amelia Dee & the Peacock Lamp by Odo Hirsch
Trinity Catholic Primary School, Kemps Creek, NSW
“Amelia Dee was a really enjoyable play to watch. We liked the relationship between Amelia and the best friend Eugenie.”
St MacArtan’s Primary School, Mornington, VIC
2007 Being Bee by Catherine Bateson
Flinders Christian College, Tyabb, VIC
“Very enjoyable. Very good performance. Professionally presented and pertinent to certain students living/family situations. The number of tears in the audience was an indication of how well the story touched the students. Students were very engaged... All comments from the children were positive. Students were excited by the characters and were keen to discuss the relationships acted out between each character.”
Flemington Primary School, VIC
2006 To The Light by Pat Flynn
Glen Eira Secondary College, VIC
"Advantage of this group is that they are educators and connected at kids’ level." Montrose Primary School, VIC
2005 Billy Mack's War by James Roy
Wattle Park PS, VIC
"Students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Our students have not had much exposure to drama / live performances, so they were really captivated by the acting and singing."
Simonds Catholic College, West Melbourne, VIC
2004 Stella By the Sea by Ruth Starke
The Peninsula School, VIC
“Excellent production. It was great to see how closely you stuck to the story text, but at the same time bought an extra dimension to it! Good choice of material – backyard pet theme children can relate to... Inspiration for drama in class.”
Narre Warren North Primary School, VIC
2003 Tom Jones Saves the World by Steven Herrick
"First class dramatisation of an excellent story - students were still singing the song and laughing over incidents next week in the library. I thought the play was terrific! Very thought provoking and wonderfully performed."
Christian College Middle School, VIC
2002 My Story - A Different Sort of Real, The Diary of Charlotte McKenzie, Melbourne, 1918 by Kerry Greenwood
Narre Warren North Primary School, VIC
"After the performance we talked about this in class. From what the boys said, I could tell they thoroughly enjoyed the play and freely talked about war, it's affects and what life was like in Melbourne in the 1920's. It also motivated some boys to buy the book at the "Book Fair" and read it!"
Scotch College Junior School, VIC
2002 When Dogs Cry by Markus Zusak
Nhill College, VIC
2001 Something's Fishy, Hazel Green! by Odo Hirsch
Maranatha Christian College, VIC
"It was a huge step for that child to admit that he also couldn't read, just like the character in the play. Obviously the theme of illiteracy and bravery struck a particular chord with him"
Toorak Library, VIC
2000 Captain Mack by James Roy
Newcombe Library, VIC
"Amazing reaction by the students and fabulous interpretation of a meaningful book. Everyone loved it."
Cranbourne Christian College, VIC