Book Week shows for students... by teachers!!

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Since 1999 "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed has been adapting CBCA shortlisted books for the stage & performing them at the very highest standard at Australian primary schools.


He's performed for well over half a million students and counting.

What We Do.....


Each year Tony & his creative team take their favourite of the shortlisted "CBCA Picture Book of the Year" titles & transform it into an incredibly entertaining & engaging live stage show, performed to primary school students across Australia. This is also available now as an interactive virtual show throughout Australia, New Zealand & Hong Kong.


"Tony Bones" performs the show himself, consisting of the highest level drama, dance & music. As a qualified school drama, dance & English teacher who has adapted & performed 35 CBCA shortlisted books nationwide, Tony's experience is unparalleled for Australian theatre in education. He ensures that there are strong links to the Australian curriculum throughout the show, Q&A, in the follow-up support material & the lesson plans.


He uses all areas of the Arts to present the book on stage: drama, dance, music, media arts & visual arts. There are original songs, mask, puppetry, props, costumes, painted & digital projections of sets, DMX coloured stage lighting, full sound system & wireless headset microphone, raised staging, dual digital projections, loads of audience participation, lots of laughs & a full, detailed Q&A session at the end of every show.

"Best performance we've seen for Book Week"

St Joseph's PS, Springvale, VIC

See this...
...become this!!!

"I've been a teacher for over 20 years and witnessed many performances, but this production was simply the best - totally professional, true to the book, thought-provoking, everything."  Narre Warren Nth PS, VIC

Which 2020 Shortlisted Picture Book will we perform?
So what do you get with a Books To Life show?


  • Theatre In Education for Australian students at the very highest level!

  • A stage performance or virtual incursion for kids to complement your school's CBCA 2021 Book Week parade!

  • A stage show or virtual show for primary students that will astound the entire audience!

  • Children's Theatre that sets the new standard for every state & territory for the 2021 Book Week season - Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania... we tour them all!

  • Check out our brand new Book Week stage show for schools based on a CBCA 2021 Short Listed Picture Book of the Year shortlisted book. Click here!

  • Public Liability Cover of $30,000,000, Product Liability Cover of $30,000,000 & Professional Indemnity Insurance of $10,000,000! Click here!!!






All of the books previously adapted & performed by Tony since Book Week 2000...



All books adapted and performed by Tony for Book Week
Tony's past Book Week shows (above)
We bring...
...for students using THE ARTS: Drama, Dance, Music, Visual Arts & Media Arts!!