CBCA Book Week 2024

Available Term 3 – In-school & online


Curriculum Areas: English; Critical & Creative Thinking; Arts


Suitable for:

Picture Book adaptation – Prep to Grade 6
Younger Readers adaptation – Grades 3 to 7

Teacher resource pack included

Session length:  1 hour including Q&A

Online option available – see the details at the bottom of the page

About the shows:

Each year, in celebration of Book Week, we adapt two books shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) for the Book of The Year Awards

We choose one book from the Picture Book category & one book from the Younger Readers Chapter Book category and create two 40-minute musical productions including original songs and puppetry.

As far as we’re aware, we’re the only company adapting both a picture book and a younger readers chapter book each year; therefore, ensuring age appropriate performances for all students.

We also support Australian authors by paying royalties for every child that attends a performance of one of our adaptations.

The chosen books are announced in May; however, with most schools rebooking year after year, the tour starts to sell out from the previous Book Week so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!

Includes a teacher resource pack and a targeted, structured question time with the performers which explores the themes of the books and performances and also supports Inquiry learning as we discuss how the shows were produced and how the puppets and props were made.

Book Week 2024’s adaptations:

We are delighted to be adapting the following CBCA shortlisted books for Book Week 2024:

Timeless by Kelly Canby

Emit (whose parents turned back time to name him) is surrounded by busyness. Dad is too busy to read stories, Mum is too busy to play games and Emit’s brother and sister are simply too busy doing nothing to do anything, at all. Emit tries everything he can think of to get more time, he tries to catch it, wait for it, but it’s not until Emit tries to buy some time that he learns the secret which is, if you want time, you have to make it.


“This is a very cleverly written picture book that weaves idioms about time into a strong narrative… For younger readers, it’s a beautiful lyrical read, with bright, beautiful illustrations that draw your attention.  For older readers, it’s a great discussion starter.” @littlebookishteacher

“A topical theme in these social media-obsessed days” Brenton Cullen, Books+Publishing

Being Jimmy Baxter by Fiona Lloyd

A gently funny yet powerful coming-of-age middle grade novel about surviving the odds, unlikely friendships and the magical music of Elvis.

It’s not eggsactly easy being Jimmy Baxter ’cause:
· The real Jimmy’s hiding inside
· Ned Kelly’s giving him the evil eye
· Mum’s stopped going to work and stays in bed
· There’s no eggs in the fridge — or anything else.
AND there’s new jobs, bad-at-school brains and a whole lot of trouble called Duke.
But then . . . there’s Mac.


“A moving story told with moments of absolute delight.” Morris Gleitzman

“This is a middle-grade novel with great depth of soul. On one level, it is a delightful tale of a young Aussie finding himself and his place in the world. On another, it is a story that doesn’t shy away from the harsher realities many children have to live with, including domestic violence, parental loss, bullying, and mental health struggles. It is a hopeful book: as in life, these troubling themes don’t occur in bleak isolation. Instead, ‘Being Jimmy Baxter’ is filled with humour, bravery, the love of found family, and the flavours of smalltown Australia.” Goodreads

Please note that at Meerkat Productions we always handle challenging themes sensitively and in an age appropriate manner.  If you have any questions please get in touch with us.


We include a structured and informative Q&A session which supports the school’s delivery of the Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum.  We discuss the themes raised in the show and support Inquiry Learning by discussing how we made the set, puppets, music, etc.

“Was great how it was run by you and not just the kids asking random questions. (10/10)” – Bargara State School, Bargara QLD


Online option:

If it’s not possible for you to host an in-school performance we have another option.  Each year we prepare a professional recording of both adaptations.



How it works:
We’ll make the professional recording available for the whole of Book Week so you can watch it whenever, and however often, you like during that week. If you’d prefer access in a different week, let us know and we can arrange it. The link is sharable with individual classes or students so you can watch the show in the way that works best for you.

A pre-recorded Q&A will be attached to each performance, along with a Teacher Resource Pack.  The Q&A includes questions with the performers and the creative team and we’ll supply it as a separate link so you can refer to it whenever you want.


In-School pricing:

$8.95 (exc. GST) per student.

Please note there is a minimum fee of $895 (exc. GST) for up to 100 students


Online pricing:

Pricing is based on a fee of $85 inc. GST per class.  This assumes there are approx. 25 students per class so if your school has smaller class sizes let us know and we’ll work out a price with you.  When you enquire please indicate the number of students and the number of classes you wish to book for.


Previous Picture Book adaptations:

Adaptations from 2001 to 2014 were adapted and performed by Tony Bones Entertainment before the company rebranded to Meerkat Productions.

by Sean E Avery

2023 | Frank's Red Hat | Sean E Avery

“All years enjoyed the show and pre performance activities (making masks and reading books). Performers had plenty of energy and interacted well with all year levels. ” – Glenden State School, QLD

“Great themes. Good link with friendships which is current in 5/6. Invention themes fits into curriculum. ” – Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Deepdene VIC

“We are able to link the messages from the book into our well-being program… the students were able to be apart of it and participate in different parts. [Students] were able to delve into the messages in the book better” – Saint Patrick’s School, Nhill VIC

“Really clear message – never give up. Emotions and feelings of characters enabling prior knowledge and connection to text. The performance itself fits in with the grade 2 unit of inquiry – How We Express Ourselves.” – Murrumbeena Primary School, VIC

“Taught them some wonderful life lessons.” – Manning Valley Anglican College, NSW
by James Foley

2022 | Stellarphant | James Foley

"Great messages in the story - strong characters and acting to deliver the message to the students at their level!" - Moree PS, NSW

"A great show. Fantastic message and great interaction with students before, during and after the show." - Cobden PS, VIC

"The students were so engaged in the performance, and really understood the message of the book. They left the show talking about things they dream of doing in the future." - Ryan Catholic College, Kirwan QLD

"A great ‘response to book’ activity to encourage a lifelong love of books; opportunity to participate; observation of skills of performance to enhance own future performances; appropriate messages delivered (be persistent; dream big; hard work…)" - Holy Cross PS, Trinity Park QLD
by Maggie Hutchings

2021 | YOUR BIRTHDAY WAS THE BEST! | Maggie Hutchings & Felicita Sala

“Theme of bravery. It reflects our school’s disposition of ‘embracing challenge’.” - Thangool State School, QLD

“Great links to theme of being brave and a good amount of silliness for the kids to enjoy!” - Dayboro State School, QLD

“I loved how the final song really brought home the theme of the performance... I also loved the attention to detail and how all parts of the performance were inspired by the illustrations.” - Ryan Catholic College, Kirwan QLD

“Made a connection to real problems that children are dealing with.” - Holy Cross School, Trinity Park QLD
2020 | THREE
by Stephen Michael King

2020 | THREE | Stephen Michael King

“I thought the book was told beautifully through the songs and props. The whole show was excellent.” – Holy Cross School, Trinity Park, Cairns QLD

“Lots of energy. Content is appropriate and multimodal. Very enjoyable and engaging. Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the show.” - St William's Grovely Catholic Primary School, QLD

“The cast were very enthusiastic and the story had a great message.” – Dayboro State School, QLD

"The puppetry and the interpretation of the story, the message of 'it's ok to be different'. I also enjoyed the audience participation as well as the musical insert to the play." – Conargo Public School, NSW
by Kate & Jol Temple

2019 | ROOM ON OUR ROCK | Kate & Jol Temple | Terri Rose Baynton

“Probably the best show we have had visit our school.” - Middleton PS, Parkes NSW

“Love the natural involvement of the children in the production.” – Canberra Grammar ELC, Red Hill ACT

“Interesting to kids of all ages.” – Emmanuel College, Ballina NSW

“Loved it. Very entertaining and captured the message within the book.” – St Stephens College, Coomera QLD

“The students were able to gain the emotions of the story through your interpretation with believable characters.” – Binda Public School, Binda NSW

“A great balance between story and audience participation.” – King’s Baptist Grammar School, Wynn Vale SA
2018 | BOY
by Phil Cummings

2018 | BOY | Phil Cummings & Shane DeVries

“Fabulous. Completely at the children’s level.” – Armadale Primary School, VIC

“An intelligent adaptation.” – Virginia Primary School, VIC

“Great use of mixed medium. Puppet
was clever for Boy.” – Mackay Regional Council, QLD

“Fantastic connections to text.” – Dayboro State School, QLD

“The strong messages were highlighted around social behaviour.” – St Catherine’s School, VIC

“Interactive nature – fabulous!” – St Monica’s, Evatt ACT
2017 | Gary
by Leila Rudge

2017 Gary | Leila Rudge

“I liked the way the performance stayed true to the story. The interactive aspect was excellent – the students were engaged throughout.” - Caroline Chisholm School, ACT

“Sympathetic handling of the book’s message.” - Newmarket State School, QLD

“Imaginative production.” - Gayndah State School, QLD
2016 | Mr Huff
by Anna Walker

2016 | Mr Huff | Anna Walker

"Wonderful that children are exposed to such relevant mental health issues through quality drama."
St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie, NSW

"Excellent opportunities for all children to participate."
"Age appropriate to help embed learning how to manage emotions."
St Stephen's College, Upper Coomera, QLD

"I have one particular student who often experiences 'the huffs'. You made his day. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!"
Gayndah State School, QLD

"Absolutely fabulous!! Thank you. Super message - great lesson in life."
St Oliver Plunkett School, Cannon Hill, QLD

"It truly was the best shortlisted book performance I have ever seen."
Iona Public School, Woodville, NSW

"The interpretation of the book was fantastic and presented at a level that engaged all students, Prep to Grade 6."
Lightning Reef Primary School, VIC
2015 | The Stone Lion
by Margaret Wild

2015 | The Stone Lion | Margaret Wild | Ritva Voutila

“Great children's show” - The Clothesline

“Delightful” - The Advertiser

“a perfect theatrical experience” - Play & Go

“Fits of laughter...Entertaining...Engaging” - Weekend Notes

“Brilliant performance. Great props Elizabeth. One of the best performances / props we’ve seen.”
Moama Anglican Grammar, Moama NSW

“Students engaged with the different characters and took away with them a powerful message.”
Caulfield Primary School, Caulfield South, VIC
2014 | The Windy Farm
by Doug MacLeod

2014 | The Windy Farm | Doug MacLeod | Craig Smith

"As we live in a remote community this, for most of our children, is their first experience of live theatre. A most delightful experience"
St Joseph's School, Rosebery, TAS

"Fantastic show, great involvement of the students and catered to the full breadth of students from Playgroup to Grade 6. I felt inspired to get the kids making puppets back at school."
Pyalong Neighbourhood House, VIC

"The performance was excellent! A very topical theme. Children liked it. Liked the theme of resilience and we can overcome any problems with Grandpa saying "Never Mind". Enjoyed the renewable energy theme and the explanation via diagram and song about power, coal, C02!! Top work!!"
Sacred Heart Primary School Coolah, NSW
2013 | Herman and Rosie
by Gus Gordon

2013 | Herman and Rosie | Gus Gordon

"Absolutely wonderful - love everything about this show. Inspirational. Great work!"
Highfields PS, Lindfield NSW

"A great performance! Loved the combination of puppets, singing, dancing and acting. Very entertaining and engaging. The students from Primary School all took something away. All the little nuances in Herman and Rosie were explored. One student asked a question about the sets and it was fabulous seeing how lots of the props and sets were made."
Caroline Chisholm College, Chisholm ACT
2012 | No Bears
by Meg McKinlay

2012 | No Bears | Meg McKinlay

"My preschool class sang the monster chant 'oogie boogie....(however the rest goes)' for the ENTIRE day!! they loved it... The unbridled joy on the faces of the children was worth every cent we paid. It was a lovely interpretation of the book (in fact it made me rethink my opinion of the book) and the kids could not have been more engaged."
Harrison School, Harrison, ACT

"So impressed by the whole performance. Loved the way that it was also designed to inspire the students and teachers to use books in other ways. [The students] couldn't stop talking about it afterwards and loved all the funny bits."
St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie, NSW
2011 | Two Peas in a Pod
by Chris McKimmie

2011 | Two Peas in a Pod | Chris McKimmie

“Excellent in every respect. Nothing to improve on. Girls rapt! Good way to handle separation. Theme well developed."
Queenwood Junior School Medway Library, Mosman, NSW

“All the staff commented that they wanted to re-read it and find all the things they hadn’t noticed and only discovered through your performance. It is a great way for the kids (and teachers!) to learn how to delve into a story and discover the writers intentions and at the same time have fun.”
Pleasant Street P.S., Ballarat, VIC
2010 | Schumann the Shoeman
by John Danalis

2010 | Schumann the Shoeman | John Danalis

"Very entertaining, suitable for Prep to Year 7. True to the written story, very enjoyable, great props."
Kersbrook Primary School, Kersbrook, SA

“The themes of Schumann the Shoeman are quite complex. The finale, with the celebration of Schumann's life, and the songs about following your dreams and being unique, really helped explain them at a child level."
East Maitland Public School, East Maitland, NSW
2009 | Nobody Owns the Moon
by Tohby Riddle

2009 | Nobody Owns the Moon | Tohby Riddle

“Fantastic, Fantastic, Fantastic. It was so good to see the students, some for the first time, experience live theatre.” Lightning Ridge School, NSW

“We thought the deep message of the book was a bit beyond the understanding of our kinders when we read it to them. However the play helped convey things more obviously. It was great to see the kids get into reading with a book coming alive.”
Duffy Primary School, ACT

“It's wonderful! Funny, moving and really entertaining. I so appreciate how you "get" my books and pick up on details others might miss. Congratulations to you and your actors. I thought the actors were really good - funny and lively and kid-friendly - and I was impressed with your various solutions for staging: loved the dancing bear, the lights, the dress-circle seating for Humphrey and Clive during the 'play', and the factory scene. I also appreciated that you picked up on things like the Latin phrase and Walt Whitman's poetry - nice touches... Cheers, Tohby.”
Tohby Riddle, Author & illustrator of "Nobody Owns the Moon"
2008 | The Night Garden
by Elise Hurst

2008 | The Night Garden | Elise Hurst

"It's definitely going to stay with the children as an inspiration to them of what creativity and fun can be had through books."
St Joseph's School, Benalla, VIC

“10/10 Congrats! An excellent production."
Donvale Primary School, VIC
2007 | Water Witcher
by Jan Ormerod

2007 | Water Witcher | Jan Ormerod

“This show was just fantastic! A very worthwhile and educational event.”
Frankston Library, VIC

"Great way to bring the book alive. A lesson in history, literacy and drama. So practical... Discussion afterwards was valuable – just planned my literacy and art lesson for Wednesday... Fantastic show – very educational and enjoyable.”
Glen Katherine Primary School, Eltham, VIC
2006 | Irving The Magician
by Tohby Riddle

2006 | Irving The Magician | Tohby Riddle

"Absolutely sensational!!"
Dromana Primary School, VIC

"Fabulous, really inspired the children to act using books and things in the environment... a top production."
Maranatha Christian College, VIC

"You've done it again! I really enjoyed it - so did my wife, who watched it with me. The script, the songs and the performances were good and funny. And I liked the way you handled the ideas in the book - keeping a nice balance between lively, witty entertainment and sometimes more reflective narrative and meanings in the book. It must have been a challenge, but I think you nailed it and I thought the result was a rich piece of children's theatre. I also appreciated your presentation of the ideas underpinning the book at the end of the show. Very clear and insightful. It was an education for me too. You're doing a great job - I hope it's all going well for you... Best wishes, Tohby Riddle."
Tohby Riddle - Author & Illustrator "Irving the Magician"
2005 | At The Beach - Postcards From Crabby Spit
by Roland Harvey

2005 | At The Beach - Postcards From Crabby Spit | Roland Harvey

"We raced to the library to get the book straight after the show - the children "argue" over whose turn it is to look at it!! Children enjoyed writing about a shared experience... I thought it was a very novel and enjoyable way of introducing a storybook to the children. They all enjoyed it immensely and wrote at length about it when we returned to school.”
St Peter Apostle School, Hoppers Crossing, VIC

"More than just an excellent show of entertainment. The discussion of the book and themes gave teachers and children an extended appreciation of the book."
Watsonia Heights PS, VIC
2004 | Milli, Jack & the Dancing Cat
by Stephen Michael King

2004 | Milli, Jack & the Dancing Cat | Stephen Michael King

“Great choice of book to dramatise. It was excellent… Had an important message… The message of ‘You Can Do It!’ was also clear.”
The Peninsula School, VIC

“Thanks for an enjoyable and worthwhile learning experience.”
St Jude PS, Scoresby, VIC

"Best part is that the students have extra enthusiasm to borrow from the library."
Glenroy Specialist School, VIC
2003 | Bear & Chook
by Lisa Shanahan

2003 | Bear & Chook | Lisa Shanahan

"It was fantastic... Very entertaining... Kept children interested and involved... Question time at the end was valuable and informative."
Watsonia Heights PS, VIC

"Great performance once again. Singing was exceptionally good this year. Props were cleverly done... Engaged the children so well. It was great to see them laughing spontaneously... Thanks for an excellent show."
Maranatha Christian College, VIC

"I love seeing children improvise play and this was a great model for this."
Hughesdale PS, VIC
2002 | Horrible Harriet
by Leigh Hobbs

2002 | Horrible Harriet | Leigh Hobbs

"Meaningful story that gave good examples of how children can react when being bullied so that they are not a victim."
Warranwood PS, VIC

"Absolutely Fantastic!! Your performance was not only thoroughly educational - in that children were exposed to the reasons underlying bullying behaviour and how to respond to bullies - but also extremely entertaining from start to finish."
Maranatha School - Doveton Campus, VIC
2001 | The Singing Hat
by Tohby Riddle

2001 | The Singing Hat | Tohby Riddle

"It was a thrill to see the book come to life like this. I appreciated your clever and thoughtful interpretation (funny but meaningful) of the story. All the best, Tohby"
Tohby Riddle - Author of 'The Singing Hat'

"Yours was the most talked about show of the programme. Everybody commented on it on their way out about how good it was."
Children's Book Council Of Australia - 2001 Victorian Launch of Book Week


Previous Younger Reader chapter book adaptations:

Adaptations from 2000 to 2014 were adapted and performed by Tony Bones Entertainment before the company rebranded to Meerkat Productions.

2023 | The Way of Dog
by Zana Fraillon

The Way of Dog | Zana Fraillon

"It was a very good adaptation of the story and the children really enjoy it and were engaged in the performance. The show was amazing the different characters and the roles they played were amazing. The messages they sent out to the kids as well were beautiful." - Bairnsdale West Primary School , VIC

"I think this will generate a lot of discussion in the classroom. It managed to use all the important parts of the story Costumes were easy to see different characters." - Balaklava Primary School , SA

"Really enjoyable and professional show. Loved the way the stage was set out, allowing the audience to be fully immersed. ...the content of the show allowed full understanding of the text to come through." - St Joseph's Catholic School, Cairns QLD
2022 | The Detective's Guide to Ocean Travel
by Kate Gordon

The Detective's Guide to Ocean Travel | Nicki Greenberg

"[Students] were engaged with the storyline and are inspired to go and read the story" - Alphington Primary School, VIC

"At the moment in writing we are focusing on imaginative writing. It was super beneficial for the students on how to craft ideas and how to be creative." - Moree PS, NSW

"Students saw how expression can be used to make to make the performance engaging. This can be transferred back to their reading. The performers did a wonderful job of portraying a range of characters to make the performance engaging and easy to follow." - Elderslie PS, NSW
2021 | Aster's Good, Right Things
by Kate Gordon

Aster's Good, Right Things | Kate Gordon

“…meaningful and important.” – St Joseph’s, Parramatta Park QLD

“Discussing depression and other mental health issues is extremely important for students this age… raised important issues in a respectful manner.” – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Darra QLD

“Characterisation was great, direction spot on, energy of performing was fabulous. Great emotions.” – Guardian Angels, Wynnum QLD
2020 | The Little Wave
by Pip Harry

The Little Wave | Pip Harry

“The messages in the story were great. The puppet characters were good.” – Holy Cross School, Cairns QLD

“The performers were very talented. I enjoyed the inclusion of song and humor. It highlighted how stories can be brought to life through drama and music. It also involved the inclusion of the students.” – St Joseph’s PS, Cairns QLD

“The performance was suited for the older students. The serious issues were made comical at times but the message still came across.” – St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, Rockhampton QLD
2019 | The Peacock Detectives
by Carly Nugent

The Peacock Detectives | Carly Nugent

“You were able to tell the story exceptionally well.” – St Joseph’s, Cairns QLD

“It was funny, engaging, dramatic, great props, clever!” – Harrison School, Harrison ACT

“Excellent (10/10)” – Dayboro State School, Dayboro QLD

“Loved the characters and themes explored.” - Summerland Christian College, Goonellabah NSW

“It hit many themes which allowed the students to identify these easily.” – Our Lady Queen of the Peace, Greystanes NSW

“Beautifully presented. Drama was wonderfully acted.” – St Peter’s, Clayton VIC

“Relevant to our students.” – Harris Fields, Woodridge QLD
2018 | The Elephant
by Peter Carnavas

The Elephant | Peter Carnavas

“…very powerful and opened many doors for discussion.” – St Kilda Park Primary School, VIC

“sensitively handled.” – St James, Vermont VIC

“Great use of the space, humour and dialogue. It told the story in a thoughtful and inclusive way.” – Harrison School, ACT

“Characters were beautifully presented.” – Queenwood School For Girls, NSW
2017 | Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade
by Kate & Jol Temple

Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade | Kate & Jol Temple

“Fantastic.” - Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Noosaville, QLD

“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
2016 | Run, Pip, Run
by J.C. Jones

Run, Pip, Run | J.C. Jones

"The whole show was amazing and too short... the show could be improved by a bigger audience. Everybody who reads the book must look at the show. It's so cool. I really enjoyed it."
"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."
Student feedback

"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
2015 | The Simple Things
by Bill Condon

The Simple Things | 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

2014 | My Life as an Alphabet | Barry Jonsberg

"One of the best performances they have seen."
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

2013 | Other Brother | Simon French

"I really appreciated the discussion and questioning at the end of the show. It was aimed at high-order and inferential thinking. This was also well modelled for teachers."
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

2012 | Bungawitta | Emily Rodda

"I've read the story aloud many times and you both did justice to the 12 characters and all of their characteristics. Our students loved the sets and props and talked about the puppets after the show. Thanks for a great Book Week experience."
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

2011 | Duck for a Day | Meg McKinlay

“My children were inspired to create their own plays.”
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

2010 | Matty Forever | Elizabeth Fensham

"What a fantastic storyline to explore with the children. It really touched in on social and emotional learning and different issues facing many children today. A great story to explore further with our students."
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

2009 | Audrey of the Outback | Christine Harris

"The show tied in perfectly with our Australian History Integrated Unit and there was plenty of discussion afterwards about swaggies and the colloquial language of the day. Many thanks for a fantastic show."
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

2008 | Amelia Dee & the Peacock Lamp | Odo Hirsch

"I liked that it was true to the story and used many of the same words and Odo Hirsch's style."
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

2007 | Being Bee | Catherine Bateson

“The College appreciated your sensitivity to the Christian school ethos in the presentation and follow-up discussion.”
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

2006 | To The Light | Pat Flynn

"It was great to observe a creative way of approaching literacy using drama."
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

2005 | Billy Mack's War | James Roy

"The grade 5/6's are planning to read "Captain Mack" as a class serial. They were very inspired."
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

2004 | Stella By the Sea | Ruth Starke

"Lots of humour which engaged the children… Great themes about community… An engaging, vibrant production.”
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

2003 | Tom Jones Saves the World | Steven Herrick

"We've looked through the teacher's notes and have some great ideas for follow-ups." Yea Primary School, VIC

"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

2002 | My Story - A Different Sort of Real, The Diary of Charlotte McKenzie, Melbourne, 1918 | Kerry Greenwood

"Best performance ever! I've been a teacher for over 20 years and witnessed many performances, but this production was simply the best - totally professional, true to the book, thought provoking, everything."
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

2002 | When Dogs Cry | Markus Zusak

"Very well performed. The material was very relevant to the students. A measure of its success was the fact that almost all the boys were riveted to the performance. Several teachers commented on how attentive the students were, especially the boys…I was very impressed with your professionalism and your handling of questions from the audience. I haven't seen as many of our students willing to ask questions of visitors as they did after this performance."
Nhill College, VIC
2001 | Something's Fishy, Hazel Green!
by Odo Hirsch

2001 | Something's Fishy, Hazel Green! | Odo Hirsch

"Very funny and entertaining... A brilliant performance. The children were captivated by your humour and talent. It certainly inspired the children to read the story"
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

2000 | Captain Mack | James Roy

"Excellent performance!"
Newcombe Library, VIC

"Amazing reaction by the students and fabulous interpretation of a meaningful book. Everyone loved it."
Cranbourne Christian College, VIC