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Remembering the WW1 Battle of Amiens on the 8th of the 8th.

8 August 2017

Sir John Monash led the victorious Australian forces in this battle 99 years ago and it proved the turning point of WW1.

More Than Opera will honour Monash in a massed choral work, composed by Artistic Director, David Kram, at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne,  on Saturday 9 September. Details here

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Congrats to the Preps

3 August 2017

This week marks One Hundred Days since the Prep/Yr 1 intake started their first year of school. Many schools are now celebrating this milestone. Good idea! Why not book one of our shows now, for next year?

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International Recognition for Dream Puppets

3 August 2017

Image above: Dream Puppets from their primary school production of The Tempest

Congrats to the Dream Puppets Company who participated in the Nanchong Puppetry Festival this year in June. They so impressed that they have been invited back to China in December for the 5th Quanzhou Puppetry Festival.

This is a small incursion company (2 people, Richard Hart and Julia Davis) who perform in schools but whose work is of a great standard. It's marvellous to see their work being recognised and lauded. They are based in Victoria, but will be performing in Sydney in the September school holidays.

Image below - Dream Puppets at the Nanchong festival. Puppet Companies from around the world  were welcomed as competing troupes and were judged on their presentations.    

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Image below: The Opening Ceremony in Nanchong

 

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Dream Puppets are currently touring two shows for Primary students. Dreamer in the Deep (image below) and The Tempest.

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Happy August!

1 August 2017

Only one month of winter to go!

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On now/coming soon

31 July 2017

There are some great shows kicking off the second half of the year. Here are a few

Image: Coma Land

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National Tree Day today.

30 July 2017

Good on everyone who participated

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Melbourne Festival launched today.

25 July 2017

Fingers crossed there'll be some great shows for schools audiences.

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Melbourne's iconic Handspan Theatre's history documented.

24 July 2017

Many teachers will recall the incredible work of Melbourne's visual theatre company, Handspan Theatre. Much of the company’s repertoire during its 25 year history (1977 – 2002)  was for young audiences – predominantly presented in schools.

Now you can revisit their repertoire in a website that archives their shows with commentary and occasional anecdotes of their time. 

The website was created and developed by Helen Rickards and Maeve Vella. Check it out here

Image; Four life-size paper figures unfold in the opening scene of Four Little Girls, 
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, 1988. ★ Photograph © David Simmonds 1988

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Orphanage Tourism

23 July 2017

Tourism for people with a social conscience can not only result in the tourists being exploited, but have a far-reaching negative effect on local communities.

A new type of tourism, called Orphanage Tourism, has become so popular in poorer countries, that orphanages are often filled with children who have parents. Globally, up to 8 million children live in institutions, but over 80% of these children have parents or family. They are in the orphanages because of the "demand" from the tourists.

Before heading off to "volunteer" or donate, check the bona fides of the institutions you're assisting. After all, children are not a tourist attraction.

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Helicopter, Lawnmower or Good Enough? Modern Parentlng Styles

21 July 2017

What is considered safe parenting now is so different to say, that in the 1970's, where children were able to roam about and left to their own devices. 

Now, playing at home, inside, is standard for 8 -12 year olds and the distance they are allowed from home has shrunk 90% since the 1970's. (read more)

Parents worry more now. The "helicopter" parent hovers, ready to fly in and solve, help or protect. The "lawnmower" parent is ahead of the child, smoothing the way, predicting problems.

All this attention from parents isn't actually helping children, as teachers are aware. Always providing stimulation dulls creativity and imagination, the hovering parent can create anxiety in the child. Risk taking is part of development.

50 years ago, Donald Woods, a paediatrician and psychoanalyst introduced "good enough parenting" as a way to develop secure, independent children. Perhaps he was onto something..

Read more here

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200th anniversary of Jane Austen

18 July 2017

It is a truth universally acknowledged.... that we still love Jane Austen

Today is the anniversary of Jane Austen's death, at the age of 41, in 1817. Her books, and their TV and film adaptations, remain immensely popular because people still feel connected to her characters and stories.

The settings may be the glamorous Regency period, but the passions and flaws of her characters and their situations have timeless appeal.

Some favourite Austen quotes:

  • The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
  • I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
  • A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
  • One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
  • If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.
  • It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
  • To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.
  • For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?
  • Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.
  • Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.

Read more about why her works still resonate here

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Back to school today for NSW, ACT, VIC and WA

17 July 2017

Hope you had a great mid-year break!

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