Australian Folklore

Curriculum Relevance:

HSIE, SOSE, Society & Environment / Culture: Change and Continuity, Significant Events and People, The role of People and their Contributions, The formation of Australian National Identity, History.

An informative, humorous look at the legends and heroes that make up our Australian identity.

Australian Folklore
Australian Folklore

Using story, music, a vast array of props and audience participation from start to finish, Gerard Cafe brings Australia’s folklore to life. There is didgeridoo playing, sing-a-longs to some Australian classics and even a chance for students to test their sheep shearing skills. Not with real sheep of course but these stuffed jumbucks prove just as feisty as the real thing.

Using lagerphones of various shapes and sizes, a bush band is assembled from audience volunteers who produce quite a rousing tune. More volunteers join in for a bush dance just as they did in the woolsheds during colonial times. During the “dress the swaggie” competition, students meet Bob the swaggie and are invited on stage to dress him in his hat, pipe, billy, tuckerbag and swag, making a perfect segue into the old favourite, Waltzing Matilda.

Gerard Cafe’s charismatic sense of humour and knowledge of the subject turn this into an easy, most enjoyable and informative lesson in Australian folklore.

To finish up his show, Gerard pays tribute to some modern day heroes, namely the diggers, bush fire fighters and surf lifesavers, to show that Australian folklore continues even today.

What schools have said:

Excellent Show – very informative and entertaining. Kept students’ attention – very good singing, dramatization of stories and poems – good range of activities. Content was informative to all levels. Terrific show.

Caroline Fuller & Melinda Gianni. P to Year 6. St Colman’s School. Home Hill. QLD. 30/05/2017.

Excellent. Great manner with audience created a comfortable atmosphere while educating and entertaining. Professional and funny.

David Milerovic. Preps to Year 6. Millchester State School. Charters Towers. QLD. 2/06/2017.

The children enjoyed getting up and being interactive with the show. It had good take home messages.

Trevor Milton. Preps to Year 2. Oonoonba State School. Idalia. QLD. 31/05/2017.

Content was very good and informative to all levels. Children enjoyed being a part of the show and participating. Gerard was very engaging. The children were entertained and engaged throughout the show.

Melinda Gianni. P to Year 6. St Colman's School. Home Hill. QLD. 30/05/2017.

Price: $4.50 per student (No GST Applies).

Suitable: Preps, K to Year 7.

Minimum Audience Size: 130 students.

Times:Show: 50 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A. Set up: 60 minutes. Pack up: 60 minutes.

Requires an indoor performing area 6m deep x 5m wide.

Gerard Cafe ABN: 67 969 644 954.

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