Our November picks for schools
John Kachoyan - AustralianPlays.org Literary Manager
This month marks the final bulletin for 2015. I have chosen plays that were both written to be performed by adults, but which feature wonderful themes and imaginative challenges for school-aged actors.
Pete the Sheep is a recent publication and is based on the popular picture book of the same name by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. The incredible team at Monkey Baa (Eva di Cesare, Tim McGarry, Sandra Eldridge), based at the Seymour Centre in Sydney have put this together – a musical aimed at 4-9 year olds. This is a fantastical and beautifully warm work that won the hearts of many on its national tour and it features original music and lyrics by Australian legend Phil Scott. There are notes and more information here.
The Danger Age by the ubiquitous Kate Mulvaney is a quirky, sensitive and intelligent play by one of Australia’s most gifted artists. Mulvaney is a highly respected actor as well as playwright, and is currently in residence at both the Sydney Theatre Company and the Bell Shakespeare Company. Set in Western Australia during the war, the plot turns on a certain 10-year-old boy by the name of John Curtin. In a crazy mistake, the American President telephones him (thinking him to be the Prime Minister) to let him know about the planned bombing of Darwin - and the plot spirals out from there! Delightful, whimsical and deeply imaginative this is a beautiful and haunting play.
All good wishes for a happy Silly Season, and a safe and prosperous New Year. See you in 2016!
Tom Healey, Literary Manager