A Swag Of Tales

Curriculum Relevance:

HSIE, SOSE, Society & Environment / Culture: Change and Continuity, Significant Events and People, The role of People and their Contributions, The Formation of National Identity, History, The Gold Fields, The Gold Rush, British Colonization.

Transportation, Gold Rush, Bushrangers and Swaggies.

A Swag Of Tales leads the children through a zany yet informative history lesson that starts in England with a convict court case and covers the voyage to Australia, early Settlement, the Gold Rush, Bushrangers, Squatters and the age of the Swagman.

To help convey to students the concept of time and history, a time line is drawn using 25 year intervals, that goes back eleven generations to the first fleet. Using toys, period costumes (some of which are worn by your students), stories and music, students get an idea of what life was like during those first one hundred and fifty years of European settlement in Australia.

The whole show comes alive with great costuming, props and a simple yet effective set. There is loads of audience participation as students are involved in everything from hold ups to dressing up in costumes of the day; and when ‘Waltzing Matilda’ is sung by a sheep and from the sheep’s point of view, the result is hilarious. It’s no fun being stuffed into a tucker bag!

What schools have said:

Very academically relevant - the students learned a lot in a very entertaining way! All students enjoyed the show and left with big smiles on their faces.

Pagen Williams. K-6. Horsham Primary School. VIC. June 2018.

A very concise, entertaining history of Australia. Good use of props and student participation to add interest. Vocal range was clear and strong. Performer animated without being over top.

Robyn Bone. K-6. Kaniva College. June 2018.

This presentation was exceptionally well delivered. From the instant the main character uttered his first line of dialogue he had the students and the teachers engaged with his hilarious jokes and captivating actions able to be understood on so many levels. Very educational and at the same time individually funny! Andy was a true professional, successfully portraying each setting role and displaying himself as a highly skilled vocalist. Well done!

Barb Marsh. K/Preps to Year 6. Tasman District School / Primary. Nubeena. TAS. 28/06/2018.

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

Suitable: Preps, K to Year 7.

Minimum Audience Size: 130 students.

Times: Show: 50 to 55 minutes. Set up: 40 minutes. Pack up: 30 minutes.

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

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