Book Show

Curriculum Relevance:
Aboriginal Studies

This entertaining exploration into the culture and day to day life in a hunter gatherer society will leave students with a lasting insight into Aboriginal histories and cultures.

Troy Allen combines dance, storytelling and music and after showing, quickly has students and teachers if willing, to join him in the dance as they all mimic the kangaroo, emu and other Australian animals using their newly learnt movements that stretch back thousands of years.

There is also a fine collection of artefacts - weapons, tools, nets and other everyday items all used to fully engage and educate.

A constant throughout all his stories is a theme of great respect for land and all creatures that inhabit it. Albeit occasionally, when he can find the time, Troy enjoys fishing, hunting and seeking out seasonal bush tucker and cooking up a feast. He emphasizes that animals are hunted for food never for sport and that when gathering tucker from the bush he and his family will only ever take what they and their friends can eat.

Each performance is structured to the audience, whether that is a single year level or a prep to year 12 central school Troy includes everyone with his enthusiasm and down to earth approach.

For nearly 30 years throughout Australia and around the world Troy has been entertaining audiences of all ages while simultaneously educating them in the life, culture and traditions of his current day family and ancestors.

Troy requires an indoor venue for his performance but will end the show with an outdoor fire starting demonstration weather permitting.

What other schools have said:

Wadjiny was so interactive and engaging from the moment he started his show. Students were mesmerised by him. His dancing, stories, language and explanations were excellent. The staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the show and learned many new things.

Karen Whish-Wilson. East Devonport Primary School. TAS.

Friendly - Professional - Entertaining. The students were exposed to wonderful language and information. The teachers were able to record the language so it could be referred to back in the classroom. Troy was extremely friendly, professional and entertaining.

Lexy Stormon. K/Preps-6. Tocumwal Public School. NSW.

Very engaging and entertaining for both teachers and students. Excellent show!

Steve Hutchins. K/Preps-6. St Helens State School. Maryborough. QLD.

Price: $5.50 per student (no GST Applies.).

Suitable: Preps, K to Year 7.

Minimum Audience Size: 130 students.

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

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