Resilience & Managing Challenges: Adaptation of Gary by Leila Rudge. Children's Book Council of Australia 2017 Honourable Picture Book

Meerkat Productions

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A beautiful picture book, Gary is suitable for all ages.
Aussie Reviews book review by Sally Murphy

Related well to our current Health curriculum in terms of confidence and persistence.
King’s Baptist Grammar School, SA

This show is based on the picture book Gary by Leila Rudge about a pigeon unable to fly but dreams of exploring the world until the day he falls into an adventure of his very own.

Gary works with the students to navigate his way home and overcome the challenges he faces along the way. This little pigeon will encourage students to look beyond limitations and embrace their differences.

Curriculum Areas: Personal & Social Capability; Health & Physical Education; Critical & Creative Thinking; English; Arts

All of our shows are fully staged musicals lasting one hour (including Q&A). The music is written by Tim Smith (The Lion King) & Luke Hunter (Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys)

We encourage audience participation and active engagement in all of our performances and we use puppetry to fully engage the students and to broaden the possibilities of the way we stage our shows.

Our post-performance Q&A is structured and focused on the themes raised in the show and a behind the scenes insight into how our set, props, puppets, etc. work and how they were made.

We also provide a teachers resource pack to support our incursion both before and after we've been.

We provide all of the staging and sound requirements, all we need from you is a performance space 5m by 5m, plus enough room for the students to sit and watch the show.

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More Reviews

Beautifully presented.
Highfields Preparatory & Kindergarten School, NSW

We didn’t like it we LOVED it!
Student feedback, Siena Catholic College, Sippy Downs, QLD

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 about 2016's adaptation of Mr Huff

Great messages about dealing with fear and worry.
St Joseph’s School, Port Lincoln, SA

Show Details



Year Level Suitability

Kinder to 3-6

Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama, The Arts - Music, English, Civics And Citizenship, Health And Physical Education


Resilience, Setting Goals, Emotional Intelligence, Persistence, Determination, Literacy


Drama, Music Theatre, Puppetry


40 minutes plus question & answer time


$7.95 +GST per student (minimum show fee $795 +GST)

School Term:
Term 1, Term 2


Tours throughout VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, & ACT.

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