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.
The chosen book is announced in April / May, however the tour starts to book up from September so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!
This year’s adaptation:
We are delighted to present this year’s Younger Reader’s book adaptation of Carly Nugent’s The Peacock Detectives adapted for the stage by Meerkat Productions and performed by arrangement with The Text Publishing Company, Melbourne
Winner of the 2019 Reading’s Children’s book prize and shortlisted for both The Text Prize 2017 and Australian Book Design Awards 2019; The Peacock Detectives is a warm and engaging story about dealing with change and finding out who you are.
The last time William Shakespeare and Virginia went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called her ‘Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective’. So, this time she knows what to do—she’ll look for clues and track them down. But the clues lead her in an unexpected direction and Cassie finds herself investigating a confusing mystery about her family.
Key themes: Family relationships; Emotional Intelligence
Curriculum Areas: Literacy; Personal & Social Capability; Ethical Capability; Critical & Creative Thinking; Arts
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:
The Peacock Detectives | Carly Nugent
“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
The Elephant | Peter Carnavas
“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
Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Markus Zusak
Nhill College, VIC
2001 | Something's Fishy, Hazel Green! | 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 | James Roy
Newcombe Library, VIC
"Amazing reaction by the students and fabulous interpretation of a meaningful book. Everyone loved it."
Cranbourne Christian College, VIC