2018 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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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.


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. 30/05/2018.


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

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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To Federation and Beyond

This engaging combination of music, participation and stories all presented with a wonderful array of costumes, sets and props - is a great way to both entertain and tweak children's interest in Australian history. To Federation and Beyond is a number of gripping tales of Australia from pre-colonization, convicts, battlers to our current bush fire fighters and surf lifesavers.


To Federation and Beyond was cleverly contrived. The show held the students attention and they learned new historical detail in a very entertaining fashion. Mr Cafe was courteous, punctual and efficient with regards to setting up and packing away the set. He was highly entertaining and the children responded enthusiastically.

Lorraine Alexander. Years 3 to 6. Holy Spirit Primary School. St Clair. NSW. 11/08/2016.


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

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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Ghana Beat My Drum

Ghana Beat My Drum incorporates audience participation, singing, dancing and drumming to leave audiences feeling exhilarated and inspired as well as enlightened in the ways and culture of Africa and more particularly Ghana.


A highly interactive performance which engaged all year levels with music, dance and stories that entertained and provided a wonderful learning opportunity. Jonas connected with our group in a fun and often amusing way. The response from our students was overwhelmingly positive. Everyone had a great time!! Highly Recommended.

Stephen Barry. P to 6. Colac South West Primary School. Colac. VIC. 18/11/2015.


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

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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Shekere Beats

Shekere “pronounced She-Ka-Re” is the name of the African percussion instrument made from the dried fruit of the gourd vine and loosely covered with a wide decorative band of beads. The sound is produced by holding the outer cover of beads in one hand and twisting the gourd across them or simply shaking the entire instrument.


Performer was able to keep students entertained throughout the entire session. Loads of interaction which the children enjoyed. Good introduction and finished on time. I would highly recommend Jonas. Students feedback “The best drumming performance we’ve seen!”

Fiona Fulton-Allen. K to Year 6. Eden Public School. Eden. NSW. 08/03/2018.


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

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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It's a Mad World

Per Westman presents two very different characters. Firstly the stagehand - a simple man, shy and out of place, who is forced onto the stage where he confronts his nerves and nerdiness to triumph over all his fears. Secondly the star - cool, calm and confident, ‘the consummate professional’, he craves the adoration of the audience and knows exactly how to get it!


We have about 120 students at our school with varying disabilities. The students range from 5 years to 18 years. We received excellent feedback from the students and the staff also enjoyed the performance.

Teacher. K to Yr 12. Mitchelton Special School. Mitchelton. QLD. 13/03/2015.


Price: $5.00 per student (No GST Applies).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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Surf Safari

‘MAYDAY! MAYDAY!’ - The world is heating up. Pack your drums, sunscreen and sense of humour and join The Bongo Brothers in the most exciting scientific quest on the planet, Surf Safari.


Lots of fun. Entertaining and engaging. Colourful and enjoyable. The younger children responded well to the fun, slapstick comedy and music. They also enjoyed the audience participation.

Leonie Crowden. K to Year 3. Sacred Heart School. Launceston. TAS. 22/07/2008.


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

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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The Bongo Brothers

Join The Bongo Brothers in their multicultural comic musical journey around the world - ‘Quest for the Ultimate Rhythm’. Meet Mongo, music-maestro and his hilarious baby brother Bongo. Putting them together spells a recipe for disaster!


The performance was bright, full of action and very entertaining. Our students enjoyed the interactive nature of the performance, fast pace and the comedy. Great show!

Leearne Cullen. K to Yr 6. Robinvale P-12 College. Robinvale. VIC. 11/03/2016.


Price: $5.00 per student (No GST Applies).

Minimum audience size: 130 students

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The Starship Stowaway

The year is 2099 and Professor Sarr is on a spaceship bound for Alpha Centauri but there is a problem, a stowaway. A stowaway called Far. The problem gets a lot worse when getting out of her hiding place, Far accidentally damages communications and uses up fuel needed for the return voyage.


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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