2017 Melbourne & Geelong Book Week

A Fish Story

Imagine a world in which words can be lost, lost in the same way you might lose your socks, your lunchbox, or even your homework. In the Wordsmith Laboratory Finn Furpy (Child Genius) and Dr Wild find lost words, invent new words, and solve word problems. They just have one more word problem to solve before they’ve finally solved more word problems than they’ve created. However, when Finn answers the phone to find there’s a fish on the line, their day is turned upside down trying to solve the biggest word problem yet. Teaching an octopus the alphabet, disguising yourself as a crab, and squabbling with a seagull are all in a day’s work when you’re trying to get words back into the ocean.


Excellent. Themes of language, words and recycling. Enough humour and physical theatre to engage the whole audience. Good language and word puns.

Mahamati Currie. K to Year 6. Mumbulla School. Bega. NSW. 30/05/2013.


Price: $5.50 per student ($5.00 + $0.50 GST).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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The Bremen Town Musicians

The Bremen Town Musicians is a story about finding new friends and working as a team to solve problems and getting old but refusing to become ‘useless’ in the process.


The students were engaged right from the start. They enjoyed the humour and the crowd participation and of course the puppets! Energetic, accommodating, funny!

Julie Keeley. 1 to Year 6. St Pius X School. Warrnambool West. VIC. 9/03/2016.


Price: $5.50 per student ($5.00 + $0.50 GST).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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The Little Bad Wolf

When the Big Bad Wolf retires it’s time for his nephew the Little Bad Wolf to take charge of the forest and scare the inhabitants silly. However, the Little Bad Wolf isn’t big, and he isn’t bad at all. Word is out, there’s a new wolf in town and he’s more of a pushover than a house of straw.


Entertaining from the onset. Had students ‘captive’ from the start to finish. Great messages throughout the performance. Had an instant rapport with students.

Leisa McCosh. K to Yr 6. St Patrick’s School. Koroit. VIC. 18/02/2015.


Price: $5.50 per student ($5.00 + $0.50 GST).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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Australia Changing Over Time

With just over 100 items of clothing, toys, tools, utensils, and all manner of paraphernalia spanning more than 120 years this show is a mini mobile museum. Children are shown how with advances and changes all manner of things have become easier to do, less expensive and our expectations of daily life continue to rise.


Very Enthusiastic! Students were engaged right from the start. Great way to share facts/history with students.

Mary McCulloch. K to Year 6. Our Lady Star Of The Sea Catholic Primary School. Esperance. WA. 29/04/2015.


Price: $6.60 per student ($6.00 + $0.60 GST).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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Excuse Me I Was Here First

What happens when two different actors with two different shows turn up at the same school, on the same day, at the same time, to perform? Conflict and comedy! Neither actor is prepared to leave, so with time ticking away and the teacher insisting they start the show she booked, they start performing both shows simultaneously!


Excellent. Very entertaining show. Both students and staff were engaged throughout the performance. Lots of laughter was heard all over the school during and after the show. Parents commented the next day how much their children enjoyed the show.

Barbara Cutmore. K to Year 6. Moree East Public School. Moree. NSW. 11/03/2014.


Price: $5.50 per student ($5.00 + $0.50 GST).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

With a giant poster size roll of changing scenery, a pile of well travelled suitcases and an umbrella collection that proves to be far more exciting than they first seem, Mark Penzak brilliantly tells this imaginary tale based on the Jules Verne novel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth.


The students loved not only the story line and the performance by Mark, but were mesmerised by his props and body movements used to portray the story. It gave our students many ideas as to how they can enhance their own make believe or storytelling plays.

Trevor Daly. K to Year 6. Westbreen Primary School. Pascoe Vale. VIC. 26/08/2015.


Price: $4.95 per student ($4.50 + $0.45 GST).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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The Labyrinth In The Library

The Labyrinth in the Library is an exciting, inventive performance which celebrates reading and suggests that books can be guides, teachers and companions for life.


Mark was very entertaining. All the children from R-7 thought the show was extremely funny and were engaged throughout the entire performance.

Mikalya Luxton. R to Yr 7. St Joseph’s School. Renmark. SA. 1/05/2015.


$4.95 per student ($4.50 + $0.45 GST).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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