Curriculum Relevance:

English, Drama, PD: Reading, Viewing and Interpreting Texts, Poetry and Prose, Interpersonal Skills, Creative Thinking, Telling Your Own Story.

A vibrant, colourful show about the ways we communicate.


Orang-utan explains that she too can read. No, not books, she reads the forest; who has been where, what fruits are ready to eat and where they are. Orang-utan’s story, though full of laughs, has a very serious undertone. Her home, the tropical Sumatran jungle is shrinking and she worries for the wellbeing of her daughter. While mother orang-utan is undeniably adorable, baby orang-utan’s mischievous little face and crazy antics will melt the heart of even the most cynical in the audience. At the end of the segment, students are impressed by the power of mime when they realize they understood everything that these two orang-utans said, though they never spoke a word.

Students are shown how children’s stories have not changed much in two hundred years. In Pantomimes in the 1800’s there was the Hero or Heroine, Jack; the Comic Relief, The Widow Twankey (Jack’s Mum) and the Baddie, the villainous landlord going to throw Jack and his Mum out of their home. In stark contrast, Bob the outback Aussie bloke with his laconic yarn is the perfect balance to the airs and graces of the flamboyant Pantomime Dame.

El Howdidee the illusionist, shows how important it is to keep your audience’s attention when telling a story. His combination of totally obvious and completely mystifying (even to him) illusions are the perfect counterpoint to his story.

With its larger than life character costumes, diverse stories and presentation styles ‘Read You Can Orang-utan’ is designed to have students thinking of their own stories and how to write them. There is heaps of wow factor and comedy as well as some thought provoking moments to engage the audience.

What schools said when this show was last toured:

Excellent. Very animated and engaging. All students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed this performance.

Myles Rees. K to Year 6. Augusta Primary School. Augusta. WA. 26/07/2017.

A very engaging show that the students loved. It was educational and entertaining as the same time. It was also pleasing to see that it was interactive and included the audience.

Melissa Ker. K to Year 6. Hampton Park Primary School. Morley. NSW. 25/08/2017.

The students were completely engaged throughout the whole performance. One of our students with ASD has never been able to sit through a performance until ‘Read You Can Orang-utan’. He loved every minute of it. A really well put together show.

Sally Cutler. K to Year 7. Somerset Hills State School. QLD.


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

Suitable: Preps, K to Year 7.

Minimum Audience Size: 130 students.

Times: Show: 45 to 50 minutes. Set up: 45 minutes. Pack up: 30 minutes.

Requires an indoor performing area 4m deep x 5m wide.

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