#Book Week 2021 Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year VIRTUAL Show

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2020 VIRTUAL "Thank you so so so much for all your valuable resources and an amazing brilliant 'virtual show'. Our students were engaged throughout the performance & thoroughly enjoyed watching it, from our Prep students right up to our Year 6 students."

2020 VIRTUAL "The staff & students loved the show (&) were extremely impressed with how you made the illustrations come to life & were able to put yourself into the illustrations. Everyone from Foundation to year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the presentation."

So how would the virtual incursion work?

The live production of the 2021 shortlisted Picture Book of the Year is cleverly adapted to make it work more effectively for an interactive filmed performance that students can stream:
  • at a school assembly;
  • in their classroom;
  • or even individually at home if schools are closed.

The entire live show will be captured with:
  • multiple top-end 5K cameras;
  • full DMX stage lighting;
  • pro sound;
  • plus green screen & several additional visual technical elements integrated to enhance the live production;
  • all on your screen in 4K clarity.

Multiple camera angles & sparkling 4K clarity will give every student the very best seat in the house & make them a part of bringing this amazing book to life.

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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Interactive activities will be included in the filmed performance for students to participate in from the hall, classroom or at home. These are designed to get the students up & moving to be part of the action, making the audience feel as if they are actually in & around the setting of the book. A simple optional props list is also provided for schools to collect to be used within the performance by the students (spraying water from a water spray bottle, shine a torch, pass a length of rope through the audience, etc).

Teachers will have the ability to pause the show during these activities to organise students in the room to participate safely & join in the fun.

A filmed in-depth FAQ session is included where “Tony Bones” takes the students through the creation of the show, the content & messages in the book, plus where he'll provide answers to common questions.

Teachers then have the ability to email through their students’ additional questions which Tony will reply to via video clips that can be played back to the students within 24 hours.

Also included are easy to follow teacher notes & guided discussions for teachers to run before & after the virtual performance to give the students a greater understanding of the content & a more meaningful interaction with the show. This is in addition to the extensive teacher resources & lesson plans already available for the live performance at our website.

Schools will be provided with a code to unlock the virtual performance on their day of viewing that they can share with all teachers at their school who have a class booked for the performance.

The price for the interactive virtual performance is a huge 30% off the live show price +GST.

Further Information:

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

Learning Areas:
  • Literacy;
  • ICT Capability;
  • Critical & Creative Thinking;
  • Personal and Social Capability;
  • Ethical Understanding;
  • Intercultural Understanding.
This brand new 40 minute virtual stage performance brings yet another CBCA shortlisted Picture Book of the Year 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, & 2nd virtual performance after 2020's critically acclaimed "Hello Lighthouse".

We absolutely loved the show. The integration of the book into the story, the singing, the acting and high quality production values, more than brought this book to life. It was excellent.

Along with a link to the show, the company includes the reading of the story by the author, lots of ideas for props that the students can have with them when they're participating in the show and a link to a 45 minute Q & A that can be accessed when convenient.

Tony Appleby's long experience as a performer and writer, along with his teaching background has informed the creation of a show that is valuable in its own right. It shouldn't be seen as a video of an incursion, rather it's a new form, and unlike live incursions, it's available wherever you are.
Karen Keegan, Shows For Schools, 2020.

2021's virtual show is available to schools throughout all of Australia & New Zealand.

The stage show includes:
  • Drama - a variety of performance styles within the show: e.g. Melodrama, Pantomime, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre, Mime, Puppetry, Game show, Improvisation, etc.
  • Dance - a variety of dance styles within the show: e.g. Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, etc.
  • Music - a variety of music styles in the show: e.g. Pop, Hip Hop, RnB, Rap, Rock, Folk, etc;
  • Puppetry - a variety of puppetry styles in the show: e.g. Shadow puppetry, Hand puppetry, Marionette / String puppetry, Board puppetry.
  • Mask - e.g. Whole face masks, part face masks, noses, animals, etc.
  • Painted sets - Painted on fabric, plywood, cardboard & paper.
  • Digital elements - integrated into the performance are huge bright images of the book, digital images of sets, animations, explosions & lighting displays, creating an incredible viewing experience for the students. The virtual incursion will also utilise green screen technology to incorporate more digital imagery into the production.
  • 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 - a top of the line DPA radio headset microphone matched with the pro Shure bodypack are used to ensure crystal clear sound from the performer in the virtual incursion, along with full stereo sound;
  • Audience participation - Students are used throughout the show to both participate in the audience (responding, singing or dancing along, creating scenes in the audience) and the recording can be paused for teachers to facilitate this;
  • Full FAQ session - after the show a full "Frequently Asked Questions" 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. Extra questions can be emailed to Tony after viewing the show & he will send back video clips of him answering the questions within 24 hours;
  • Lesson plans for teachers - Mountains of pre-show & follow up activities are available for all year levels.

More Reviews

2020 VIRTUAL "After having you perform at our school in previous years, we knew the show would be good, but with having to perform a virtual show, we could never have imagined it would be incredible. Your show exceeded all of our expectations."
Susan Grover, Library Teacher, Caulfield Grammar, VIC

2020 VIRTUAL "Our students were so highly engaged for the whole show, and erupted into applause at the end!! It was, as always, a very cleverly structured show with student needs in mind and appealed to absolutely everyone."
Sarah Fewster, Newbery Park PS, SA

2020 VIRTUAL "It was a great success... all staff members that I have spoken to say that their students loved it! My 5/6 class was really impressed and are loving our planned activities taken from your compiled teacher resources!"
Krystal Ryan, Caulfield PS, VIC.

2020 VIRTUAL "Wonderful entertainment... Students were excited to participate in the actions and sat and watched your portrayal intently... A plethora of further resources was very much appreciated for further and future learning... magnificent."
Rosemarie Bucci, S.s. Peter and Paul's PS, East Doncaster, VIC.

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


Book Week, Drama, Literacy, Puppetry, Comedy, Primary, Virtual, Incursion, Performance


Comedy, Dance, Drama, Film, Music Theatre, Puppetry, Visual Arts


Approximately 40 minute show then optional 40 minute FAQ recording


Within "Book Week": $5.80 +GST/student, Outside of Book Week: $5.00 +GST/student

School Term:
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4


The interactive virtual incursion is available to all of Australia & New Zealand

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