A former newspaper journo and editor, Monique Mulligan is the author of My Silly Mum, Fergus the Farting Dragon, and is a publisher with Serenity Press. Visit www.moniquemulligan.com
Published May 19th 2015
Take the children to theatre in Kwinana
Young audiences are set to be delighted by the range of theatrical offerings at Koorliny Arts Centre in Perth's southern suburbs in June and July.
The centre will host a number of professional touring productions over the winter weeks, delivering laugh-out loud entertainment in the comfort of a warm theatre.
On June 19 there's Monkey Baa Theatre Company's production of I Am Jack, which examines bullying and its impact in a comical and touching way. The story centres on Jack, who is smart, funny and being bullied. What starts as an off-the-cuff joke during a handball competition, soon turns into a set of circumstances whereby Jack is no longer safe in the playground.
The award-winning company has brought audiences Pete the Sheep, The Bugalugs Bum Thief, Milli Jack and the Dancing Cat and Emily Eyefinger, and their latest production I am Jack is stimulating and entertaining theatre that should be on every school-aged child's to-watch list.
You can choose from a 10am and 12pm session and special prices can be negotiated for school groups.
On June 27 there's The Gruffalo's Child, based on the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler presented by CDP Theatre Producers, and vibrantly reinvented for stage by London's award-winning Tall Stories Theatre Company.
Expect songs, laughs and "scary" fun for children aged four and up (and their adults) as the Gruffalo's child tiptoes into the snow, hoping the Big Bad Mouse doesn't exist. Or does he?
Last year's production of The Gruffalo was fantastic, with children enthralled by the musical story, as well as by the Gruffalo, and the sequel is set to do the same.
Show times are 11.30am and 2pm. Koorliny is the only south of the river venue.
On July 19, legendary Australian children's entertainer Peter Combe will bring his "Wash Your Kids in Orange Juice" show to the venue. The show will include special guests and dancers from the WA Performance School.
For many, Combe's name brings back memories of songs like "Mr Clicketty Cane", "Spaghetti Bolognaise" and "Juicy Juicy Green Grass". Those who grew up with his music now want to introduce the music earworms are made of to their own young ones, and last year the show played to sell-out audiences at Subiaco Arts Centre.
Finally, on July 31 Erth's Dinosaur Zoo will bring introduce the young and curious to awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinos to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet.
This performance combines fun and education, with unmistakably 'alive' and mostly friendly dinosaurs interacting with the audience.