The Labyrinth In The Library

Curriculum Relevance:

Drama: Appreciating; Storytelling; Language.

English: Imaginative Texts; Literary Texts; Language Structures & Features; Reading, Viewing and Interpreting Texts; Novels; Retelling Stories; Dramatisation.

An exquisite theatrical adventure into the imaginative world of books.

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.

The story begins with Hugo being sent to the library after being caught playing a computer game during reading time. Drifting towards the back of the library, Hugo discovers a bookcase loaded with titles such as; ‘The Wi of Oz’, ‘Grimm’s Airy Ales’ and ‘Lice in Wonderland’. When Hugo pulls out ‘The Word in the Stone’ the bookcase spins around and propels him into the gap between the bookshelves, an endless labyrinth where books come alive. Indeed the novel in Hugo’s hand begins to wriggle and out pops Merlin the Wizard.

Merlin explains that a terrible Robot is sucking out the letters from the books and if it isn’t stopped then every book will be erased. Hugo must enter the labyrinth, sneak past the monsters, outwit the sorcerers and defeat the Robot. However he won’t need to do it alone, the books will help him.

So Hugo journeys through the labyrinth performing many perilous tasks assisted by the characters, stories and puppets who unfold from the books. But when he’s just about to destroy the Robot, a clue from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ suggests that things might not be what they seem. Hugo uses his imagination and decides that the Robot isn’t trying to erase the books, it wants to understand them and the solution isn’t to fight but to teach it how to read.

What schools have said about Mark Penzak’s other shows:

This was a brilliant performance - all students were engaged and found it very entertaining. It was a pleasdure to watch the children in the audience enjoy the show, to see their smiling faces and hear their laughter and funny little comments and helpful suggestions was a delight

Judy Jackson. K to Year 6. Colac West Primary School. Colac. VIC. 8/08/2017.

Very entertaining had the audience hooked and the message was clearly relayed. The 1st grade loved it. Performer made it interactive which kept the audience absorbed. Very talented and made the many roles very real with his interesting props, lighting and sound.

Natasha Bey. P to Year 2. Our Lady Of The Assumption School. Enoggera. QLD. 12/06/2017.

The students were engaged during the performance in all age groups.

Mark Walters. P to Year 6. Gympie Central State School. Gympie. QLD. 19/06/2017.

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

Suitable: Preps, K to Year 7.

Minimum Audience Size: 130 students.

Times: Show: 50 minutes. Set up: 50 minutes. Pack up: 50 minutes.

Requires an indoor performing area 3m deep x 3m wide. If available a darker space is best.

Mark William Penzak. ABN: 31 125 574 485.

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