Book Week 2021 Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year LIVE Show

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2020 "Thank you so so so much for all your valuable resources and an amazing brilliant 'virtual show'. Our students were engaged throughout the performance and thoroughly enjoyed watching it, from our Prep students right up to our Year 6 students."
Kaye Gregory, Teacher Librarian, St Leonard's PS, Glen Waverley, VIC

2019 "None of us can remember any performance or activity that was so engaging for the whole school. It is rare to find something that caters for F-6 in any meaningful way. The students are still talking about you a week later."
Jennifer Clarke, Ruskin Park PS, Croydon, VIC

2021 CBCA Short Listed Picture Book of the Year

Title To Be Announced May 2021

Adapted for the stage & performed by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed
Technical Design with Peter Amesbury

What do schools think of our shows?
Best performance we've seen for Book Week
St Joseph's PS, Springvale, VIC

About the show:

Curriculum Areas:
  • The Arts (Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts);
  • English;
  • Science.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Technologies (Design & Technologies + Digital Technologies)

Learning Areas:
  • Literacy;
  • ICT Capability;
  • Critical & Creative Thinking;
  • Personal and Social Capability;
  • Ethical Understanding;
  • Intercultural Understanding.

Suitable for:
  • Foundation (Kinder, Prep, Reception) to Grade/Year 6.

This brand new 40-minute LIVE stage performance brings the new Australian picture book TO LIFE!! It is created & performed by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed, a qualified & practising drama & dance teacher with over 20 years of professional school teaching & performing experience in children's theatre & theatre in education. Tony has been adapting & performing CBCA shortlisted books across Australia for Book Week since 2000 & this is his 36th Australian book adapted to the stage.

2021's LIVE show is touring to VIC, ACT, NSW, QLD & SA on our 2021 Book Week tour!!!

(NOTE: Our virtual version of this show is touring all Australian states & territories, plus all of New Zealand also)

To make a booking or enquiry, simply press the GREEN Enquiry/Booking Request Button above right to directly contact the booking team. They will answer you promptly to discuss your booking including when payment will be required.

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The stage show includes:
  • Drama - a variety of performance styles within the show such as: Melodrama, Pantomime, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre, Mime, Puppetry, Game show, Improvisation, etc.
  • Dance - a variety of dance styles within the show such as: Jazz, contemporary, Hip Hop, etc.
  • Music - a variety of music styles in the show such as: Pop, Hip Hop, RnB, Rap, Rock, Folk, etc;
  • Puppetry - a variety of puppetry styles in the show: Shadow puppetry, Hand puppetry, Marionette / String puppetry, Board puppetry.
  • Mask - Whole face masks, part face masks, noses, animals etc.
  • Painted sets - Painted on fabric, plywood, cardboard & paper.
  • Digital projections - 2 x 16:9 digital projectors cast huge bright images of the book, digital images of sets, animations, explosions & lighting displays onto humongous 65" projection screens on either side of the stage creating an incredible viewing experience for the students. They are also used for shadow puppetry in the show.
  • Raised staging - 45cm high staging 2m wide x 1m deep ensure everyone, even in very large groups can see ALL of the action;
  • DMX coloured stage lighting - the very latest DMX coloured stage lighting is used throughout the show to create intense & dynamic atmosphere throughout the performance.
  • Professional sound system - powered EV pro speakers & the DPA radio headset microphone matched with the pro Shure bodypack are used to ensure crystal clear sound for even the very largest halls. Students get 2 cordless handheld microphones in stands to use when on stage or carried out to the audience when required;
  • Audience participation - Students are used throughout the show to both participate in the audience (responding, singing or dancing along, creating scenes in the audience) & also joining in on stage to operate puppets, dress in costume to become characters, create sets & props during the show, be part of improvised scenes or be contestants in a game show;
  • Full Q&A session - after the show a full Question & Answer session takes place led by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed, a qualified teacher with over 16 years experience running these sessions. Tony discusses in depth why he made certain decisions when creating the show (e.g. adding scenes or slightly changing them from the book, sets used, etc), and shows students how the props, sets, puppets, costumes, projections & sound were created for the show, as well as discussing the writing of the script & composing of the songs & music;
  • Lesson plans for teachers - Follow up activities are provided for all year levels.

More Reviews

2018 "I only have positive feedback for the show. I loved it and so did everyone that I spoke to. The kids were engaged, the teachers were hooked in and my principal was very pleased. You did an excellent job bringing that book to life."
Maria Lontos, Holy Name PS, Reservoir, VIC.

2020 "The staff and students loved the show (&) were extremely impressed with how you made the illustrations come to life and were able to put yourself into the illustrations. Everyone from Foundation to year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the presentation."
Michele Hedley, St Fidelis' Catholic PS, Coburg, VIC

2019 "I lost count of how many staff members told me how fabulous your performance was... They were so impressed with the energy and variety of effects within your show… The music teacher believes it was the best performance incursion he had ever seen."
Therese Badke, St Mark's School, Inala, QLD

2018 "Your performance was fantastic... You were incredibly engaging, entertaining and informative, I loved how you kept the kids wanting more through your use of engaging techniques."
Marnie Skerritt, Mathoura Public School, NSW

Show Details



Year Level Suitability

Prep-2 to 3-6

Curriculum area

The Arts - Dance, The Arts - Drama, The Arts - Media Arts, The Arts - Music, The Arts - Visual Arts, English, History, Geography , Civics And Citizenship


Book Week, Literacy, Drama, Dance, Music, English, Puppetry, Pantomime, Comedy, Theatre In Education, Children's Theatre, Lighthouse, Primary.


Comedy, Dance, Drama, Live Music, Music Theatre, Physical Theatre, Puppetry, Visual Arts


40 minutes plus full Q&A


Within "Book Week": $8.25 excl.GST/student, Outside of Book Week: $7.15 excl.GST/student Minimum student numbers: 1 show x 125, 2 shows x 400, 3 shows x 600

School Term:
Term 1, Term 3, Term 4


Stage area of 8m wide x 4m deep with students preferably sitting on the floor in front.

All locations in VIC, ACT, NSW, QLD, SA & TAS to be considered based on availability & other bookings.

Performances will be from the start of Term 3 2021 to the end of Term 2, 2022.

Tour dates for Term 3, 2021:

- VIC: July 12-26, July 30-Aug 2, Aug 27, Aug 30-Sept 2;
- NSW: Aug 3-6, Aug 16-26;
- ACT: Aug 26;
- QLD: Aug 9-13;
- SA: July 27-29;
- TAS: Sept 8-10;

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