(above) Tony's past Book Week shows
and now.....
TOURING TERM 4, 2018 & TERM 1 & 2, 2019


WINNER of the 2018 CBCA
"Picture Book of the Year"

"A Walk in the Bush"

Written & Illustrated by

Gwyn Perkins

Published by

Affirm Press

Adapted for the stage & performed by

"Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed

Music by

"Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed & Adrian Portell

Technical Design by

Peter Amesbury


Book Week is 17-24 August, 2018




“The children were enthralled to see a book come to life in a live performance.” St Therese PS, Mascot, NSW

Past CBCA Short Listed Books that Tony Appleby has adapted & performed include...




32 - The Windy Farm (2014 - based on the picture book by Doug McLeod & Craig Smith)

31 - My Life As An Alphabet (2014 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Barry Jonsberg)

30 - Herman & Rosie (2013 - based on the picture book by Gus Gordon)

29 - Other Brother (2013 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Simon French)

28 - No Bears (2012 - based on the picture book by Meg McKinlay)

27 - Bungawitta (2012 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Emily Rodda)

26 - Two Peas in a Pod (2011 - based on the picture book by Chris McKimmie)

25 - Duck For A Day (2011 - based on the younger reader's novel by Meg McKinlay)

24 - Schumann the Shoeman (2010 - based on the picture book by John & Stella Danalis)

23 - Matty Forever (2010 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Elizabeth Fensham)

22 - Nobody Owns The Moon (2009 - based on the picture book by Tohby Riddle)

21 - Audrey Of The Outback (2009 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Christine Harris)

20 - The Night Garden (2008 - based on the picture book by Elise Hurst)

19 - Amelia Dee & The Peacock Lamp (2008 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Odo Hirsch)

18 - Water Witcher (2007 - based on the picture book by Jan Ormerod)

17 - Being Bee (2007 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Catherine Bateson)

16 - Irving The Magician (2006 - based on the picture book by Tohby Riddle)

15 - To The Light (2006 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Pat Flynn)

14 - At The Beach - Postcards from Crabby Spit (2005 - based on the picture book by Roland Harvey)

13 - Billy Mack’s War (2005 - based on the younger reader’s novel by James Roy)

12 - Milli, Jack & the Dancing Cat (2004 - based on the picture book by Stephen Michael King)

11 - Stella By The Sea (2004 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Ruth Starke)

10 - Bear & Chook (2003 - based on the picture book by Lisa Shanahan & Emma Quay)

9 - Tom Jones Saves The World (2003- based on the younger reader’s novel by Steven Herrick)

8 - Horrible Harriet (2002 - based on the picture book by Leigh Hobbs)

7 - My Story - A Different Sort Of Real - The Diary Of Charlotte McKenzie - Melbourne 1918 (2002 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Kerry Greenwood)

6 - When Dogs Cry (2002 - based on the older reader’s novel by Markus Zusak)

5 - The Singing Hat (2001 - based on the picture book by Tohby Riddle)

4 - Something's Fishy, Hazel Green! (2001 - based on the younger reader’s novel by Odo Hirsch)

3 - Touch Me (2001 - based on the older reader’s novel by James Moloney)

2 - Captain Mack (2000 - by Tony Appleby based on the younger reader’s novel by James Roy)

1 - Tyro (2000 - based on the older reader’s novel by David McRobbie)


Book Week 2018 Tour Season Dates

All tour dates are subject to change depending on availability. If you'd like the show to perform in your area out of the advertised season dates then just ask & we'll try our best to accomodate you.


  • Melbourne & the rest of Victoria (VIC) Primary School Book Week 2018 Tour

  • August 8th to 10th, 2018 (2 weeks before Book Week 2018)

  • August 13th to 17th, 2018 (the week before Book Week 2018)

  • September 3rd to 7th, 2018

  • Where do Books To Life tour in Victoria for Book Week 2018? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!


  • Sydney & the rest of New South Wales (NSW) Primary School Book Week 2018 Tour

  • August 20th to 31st, 2018 (Book Week 2018 & the week after)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in New South Wales for Book Week 2018? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!


Desperate to find a Book Week 2018 performance for your primary school in Melbourne, VIC?


Then click here for season dates for regional & urban Victoria & search no more!! Includes specific dates for our 2018 tour in Melbourne (including touring dates for Northern suburbs, Western suburbs & South East Melbourne), plus all towns & cities in VIC including Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Melton, Shepparton, Wodonga, Sunbury, Pakenham, Mildura, Warrnambool, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Bacchus Marsh, Torquay, Jan Juc, Horsham, Moe, Newborough, Warragul, Morwell, Sale, Lara, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Drysdale, Clifton Springs, Colac, Drouin, Leopold, Portland, Swan Hill, Castlemaine, Gisborne, Benalla, Hamilton, Wallan, Healsville, Wonthaggi, Yarrawonga, Maryborough, Kilmore, Ararat, Portalington, St Leonards, Lakes Entrance, Kyabram, Seymour, Stawell, Cobram, Leongatha, Inverloch, Bannockburn & Cowes. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!


Need a primary school show for Book Week 2018 in Sydney, NSW?


Season dates for regional & urban New South Wales are available if you just click here!! Includes specific dates for our 2018 tour in Sydney (including touring dates for The Blue Mountains, Cantebury, The Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Forest District, Falls District, Western Sydney, Macarthur, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Blacktown, Penrith, Sutherland Shire, Berowra & Hawkesbury), plus all towns & cities in NSW including Newcastle, Central Coast, Wollongong, Maitland, Tweed Heads, Wagga, Albury, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Orange, Dubbo, Coffs Harbour, Queanbeyan, Lismore, Bathurst, Coffs Harbour, Richmond, Windsor, Bomaderry, Nowra, Goulburn, Armidale, Broken Hill, Wentworth Falls, Katoomba, Forster, Tuncurry, Bellbird, Cessnock, Grafton, Taree, Ballina, Griffith, Sawtell, Singleton, Raymond Terrace, Weston, Kurri Kurri, Kiama, Lithgow, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Lawson, Hazelbrook, Muswellbrook, Parkes, Ulladulla, Inverell, Moree & Casino. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!


About the book:


"Little Iggy doesn’t want to leave the house, but Grandad insists – they always have fun together.


What follows is a wonderful journey in the great Australian outdoors with singing birds, wallaby surprises, secret caterpillar messages and oodles of grandad humour.


Here is a story about the wonders of nature, the funny side of life and spending time with the ones we love.


From an original and exciting new talent comes A Walk in the Bush, proudly the first picture book from Affirm Press."


"...this gem... is pure delight... a magical journey through the bush, introducing... a glorious array of wildlife... illustrations of the Australian bush and wildlife that are richly detailed, luscious and vibrant"


Where will Books To Life tour in 2018???


Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide & Hobart. Sure, we tour the 2018 Book Week show to all the major capital cities. But we also tour the 2018 Book Week show absolutely anywhere in Australia, as long as we can cover the cost of touring the show there.


Sometimes this involves asking schools who book the show in more regional or even very remote areas to then spread the word to their network of teachers at other schools to increase their own audience numbers or to get another school in the area to also book the show. But rest assured, from the very tip of Cape York in QLD, to South East Cape in Tassie, from Steep Point in WA to Byron Bay in NSW, from Wilson's Prom, VIC to Port Lincoln in SA, from Gordon in ACT to Alice Springs in NT, I've travelled to them all before. I'm happy to do it again!! So let's get specific. Exactly where & when do Books To Life tour in Australia?

Reviews for the book:


Kids Book Review - "...this gem... is pure delight... a magical journey through the bush, introducing... a glorious array of wildlife... illustrations of the Australian bush and wildlife that are richly detailed, luscious and vibrant"


Booktopia Reviews - "...they loved it... Gwyn's iconic illustrations are fresh and evocative. It is wonderful to see Australian books portraying our landscape, flora and fauna. Highly recommended!"


Books + Publishing - ..."Gwyn Perkins’ paean to the beauty of the bush is both calming and celebratory"


Better Reading - "Beautifully illustrated, about love, nature, and family"


Readings - "I’m thoroughly enchanted by the gentle humour and keen observation of the natural world... This book is as refreshing, comforting and stimulating as a weekend bushwalk"


Tim's Bookshop - "A delightful, funny picture book with some truly wonderful illustrations of our very unique and beautiful bush"


Boomerang Books - "I love the ironically oblivious know-it-all... an interesting yet remarkably witty bushwalk through nature whilst appreciating the ones we love... a fun, and funny, way to encourage togetherness and appreciate the enchanting facets of the Australian outdoors"


School Essentials - "A meditative journey in the great Australian outdoors with singing birds, wallaby surprises, secret caterpillar messages and oodles of grandad humour"


Hip Little One - "Gwyn Perkins has done an awesome job capturing some of Australia’s most wonderful wildlife in his very first picture book... Words can not describe how delightful Gwyn’s illustrations are, they are detailed and fun, friendly and warm and really speak to young readers... This gorgeous picture book is an absolute treat for little Aussies"


In The Good Books "...a delightful tale that is set in the bushland"


Better Reading interview with Gwyn Perkins


Buy the book:


Angus & RobertsonBallarat BooksBetter Read KidsBig WBiomeBoffins BooksBooktopiaBook DepositoryBoomerang BooksDymock'sEbayFarrell's BookshopFishpondGlee BooksMyerQBD BooksReadingsScholasticSource of SpiritThe NileWheelers Books


Teacher notes for the book & show:



About the show:


Curriculum Areas:


  • The Arts (Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts); 

  • English;

  • Science;

  • Humanities and Social Sciences.


Learning Areas:


  • Literacy;

  • ICT Capability;

  • Critical & Creative Thinking;

  • Personal and Social Capability;

  • Ethical Understanding;

  • Intercultural Understanding.


Topics & Themes:


  • The Environment & Nature (Australian Flora & Fauna, Sustainability, Conservation);

  • Relationships (Family, Pets);

  • Healthy Living (Hobbies, Exercise - Bushwalking);

  • Loneliness;

  • Respect of elders.


Suitable for: 





This brand new 40 minute stage performance is created & performed by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed, a qualified school teacher in Drama, Dance & English with over 20 years of professional performing experience in children's theatre & theatre in education. This will be the 33rd CBCA shortlisted book that Tony has adapted & performed for Australian school students.

The show will bring the book to life!!! It includes:



  • Performance styles vary within the show including Melodrama, Pantomime, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre, Mime, Game show, Improvisation, etc;

  • Student participation is consistenty used in the show, such as when 2 students come up to help act out the Goanna Dreamtime Story.

  • Costumes are used both for one student to dress up as the wallaby & for Grandpa's costume to match the book. Tony also wears a black puppeteering costume for the Wattlebird Rap;

  • Sets vary from painted fabric for the waterfall scene to printed coreflute for the long grass in the Dreamtime Story scene & the backgrounds of various board puppets.

  • Digital projections on both sides of the stage are used creatively for other scenery & effects in the show.

  • Mask is used for grandpa's nose & for the student who plays the wallaby.

  • Puppetry is used extensively in the show. There are 8 different types of puppetry that the students get to interact with & often operate themselves:

            1. "Iggy" the furry cat hand/rod puppet that a student gets to operate in one of the scenes;

            2. A latex crocodile hand puppet;

            3. A cockatoo fabric / string / board puppet that a student gets to voice on the voice distorting microphone;

            4. A magpie & 2 kookaburra digital voice activated puppets that 3 students get to move & voice on the voice distorting microphones;

            5. A goanna string puppet that 2 students get to perform with in the Dreamtime Story;

            6. 3 noisy miner bird robot puppets;

            7. A wattle bird coloured shadow puppet that is operated using the digital projector's light beam;

            8. The royal parrot court board puppet ensemble.


Dance: a variety of dance styles within the show: Musical Theatre / Broadway, Jazz, Bush Dance. Students all get up to dance along to 2 of the numbers in the show (jazz & bush band) and the wallaby student gets to lead the "Wallaby Hop" dance with Grandpa up on the stage.


Music: There are 5 original songs in the show:


            1. music theatre;

            2. funk;

            3. rap;

            4. pop ballad;

            5. bush band.


Instruments include recorded didgeridoo in our Dreamtime Story of Goanna as 3 students play clap sticks live, and 8 students later get to come on stage & learn to play 4 different bush band instruments (spoons, washboards, tins & lagerphones) in Grandpa's Bush Band.

Digital projections: 2 x 16:9 digital projectors cast images of the book, digital images of sets, animations, explosions & lighting displays onto large freestanding 65" projection screens on either side of the stage creating an incredible viewing experience for the students. They are also used for coloured shadow puppetry in the show.

Raised staging: 45cm high staging 2m wide x 1m deep ensure everyone, even in very large groups can see all of the action;

DMX coloured stage lighting: the very latest DMX coloured stage lighting is used throughout the show to create intense & dynamic atmosphere throughout the performance.

Professional sound system & headset microphones:  EV pro speakers, the world leading discrete DPA headset & pro Shure radio headset bodypack microphone system are used to ensure crystal clear sound for even the very largest halls. 2 handheld microphones on stands are used for all students who come onto stage throughout the performance & we use a range of different sound altering fliters running through our state of the art sound desk to have fun with their voices on stage;

Audience participation: Students are used throughout the show to both participate in the audience (responding, singing or dancing along, creating scenes in the audience) & also joining in on stage to operate puppets, dress in costume to become characters, interact & operate sets & props during the show, be part of improvised scenes, play musical instruments & generally become part of the show. This year the students are even more involved in the show than ever:


  • All of the students get to pretend to be various plants in Grandpa's garden;

  • 4 students get to come up on stage & use their own microphones to voice the cockatoo, magpie & kookaburras, each microphone distorting & altering their voices in a different way;

  • 3 students play clap sticks & 2 students come on stage to act out a Dreamtime Story with the goanna string puppet;

  • 1 student gets to dress up as the wallaby in "Wallaby Surprise" then gets to lead the whole audience in the wallaby hop dance from on stage;

  • 2 students get to come on stage & give the crowd their loudest "Coo-eee" into the microphone to see if they can get an echo bouncing back at them;

  • 1 student gets to operate "Iggy" the cat hand puppet when he takes everyone's photo;

  • 8 students get to come on stage & learn to play bush band instruments in Grandpa's Bush Band, then the entire audience learn a bush dance.

Full Q&A session: after the show a full Question & Answer session takes place led by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed, a qualified teacher with over 16 years experience running these sessions. Tony discusses in depth why he made certain decisions when creating the show (e.g. adding scenes or slightly changing them from the book, sets used, etc), and shows students how the props, sets, puppets, costumes, projections & sound were created for the show, as well as discussing the writing of the script & composing of the songs & music;

Lesson plans for teachers:  Follow up activities are provided for all year levels.


Cost: $6/student - Minimum show fee of $750 for up to 125 students then $6/student thereafter (excl.GST)

Year Levels: Foundation - Year 6.


Space required: Indoor spaces only, the darker the better to assist with our digital projections & stage lighting. We bring our own portable raised stage & require a space 8m wide x 4m deep. The best experience is had when the students sit on the floor & we mark out their area with cones.


Special thanks to: Mythic Australia for their generous donation of Drop Bear & Hoop Snake images for the show. Check out their fantastic website & teacher resouces here!!


Reviews for the show:


"Tony, You are very clever and wonderfully entertaining. I loved witnessing your talents in action and seeing so many happy involved people enjoying your play, and I was a bit so-so about The Book of Mormon. Break a leg with the rest of your tour, you’re doing things just right and I’m proud and honoured that you chose my book. Gwyn." Gwyn Perkins, Author - "A Walk in the Bush".


"Hi Tony, I spoke with your wife commenting how interactive the performance was. You read the audience well and it is so energy driven. All the audience were engaged which is testament to your efforts." Geraldine Woolnough, CBCA Victoria from the CBCA 2019 Book Week Family Day.


"It was a wonderful performance that was not only enjoyed by the students, but teachers alike. It was a professional performance that engaged everyone and it was great to get students on stage to be part of the story. Thank you again. We would definitely have no hesitation in having you perform again at our school". Susan Grover, Library Teacher/Campus Administrator, Caulfield Grammar School, Malvern Campus, VIC.


"Hi Tony, here is some feedback from my Year 4 students: Students enjoyed crowd participation as a part of the performance. The songs were entertaining. Audience participation was great. Having students up on stage was terrific. Enjoyed the creative way the birds were used in the performance. The students enjoyed humour especially the Iggy search aspect... Enjoyed voices of characters. Loved the long nose. Enjoyed stories about the eucalyptus. Likes mini inventions. Suitable for all years levels." David McLean, Ivanhoe Grammar School, VIC.


"I only have positive feedback for the show. I loved it and so did everyone that I spoke to. The kids were engaged, the teachers were hooked in and my principal was very pleased. You did an excellent job bringing that book to life and I know it helped a lot of the kids understand the story a little more deeply. Your props were fantastic, even the frightening goanna and the creepily life-like cat puppet, and the music/visuals were perfectly complimentary of the storyline. A job well done to you and the rest of the crew.Maria Lontos, Holy Name PS, Reservoir, VIC.


"Well what a treat that was to attend yesterday. I really enjoyed it – particularly loved the song about what the birds talk about. You really successfully transferred the pace and rhythm of the book to the play. The news is official too – Gwyn’s book has won the CBCA for Best Picture Book. You picked a winner!" Keiran Rogers, Affirm Press (Publisher of "A Walk in the Bush")


"Thank you for organising the performance for us all on Monday. My students started off a bit ‘cool’ about the whole idea of the one man show however had loads to share when we returned back to class. Being Grade 6, they thought the story was a little simple however the many effects Tony Bones put into the production kept them all hooked in for the duration of the show... Thank you again... for providing this experience for us all." Erminia Foley, Maramba PS, Narre Warren, VIC.


"Loved the show on Wednesday.  I’d been really looking forward to it and wasn’t disappointed.  It was amazing to see how much could be achieved in a one man show (I kept looking around for Tony’s support team).  The puppetry was great, the songs were catchy and clever, and the performance was engaging and relaxed when accomodating any unexpected responses from the students. I felt that the content was informative and well geared to stir further interest in the students in the natural world.  The humour was pitched at just the right level and there was a good amount of audience participation.  I was particularly impressed by the puppetry involving the different birds... Great show." Andy Pullar, Camelot Rise PS, Glen Waverley, VIC


"I thought the show was very engaging and showcased the many ways in which students can express ideas and bring stories to life. The students were really interested throughout and it was great as they were able to get involved with part of the show. Well done Tony!" Stuart McKenzie, Camelot Rise PS, Glen Waverley, VIC


"As you would’ve guessed from my response last week...I LOVED THE ONE MAN SHOW! The incursion was engaging on various levels.  Here are some of my reasons as to why I would recommend this show: - Great to see student involvement / - It incorporated Literacy: Reading, speaking & listening and displayed how a story can be interpreted and brought to life using rich language. Super that Tony based the play on a book re: Book Week. / - The arts : Visual arts and performing arts. The backdrops linked with the unit I recently covered with L1-4 covering different grounds and the element of space. Having students play the instruments provided another layer of entertainment. / - Dancing / - Loved the comedy aspects (quite a few funny lines). / - Providing question time." Mary Katsigiannis, Camelot Rise PS, Glen Waverley, VIC

"Your performance was fantastic, for a moment at the beginning I was concerned it would be a little 'young' for the older students but you were quick to alleviate those concerns. You were incredibly engaging, entertaining and informative, I loved how you kept the kids wanting more through your use of engaging techniques. It was lovely to watch students with such varied interests pick aspects of your performance (such as the use of technology to provide an echo) and respond with delight. Your decision to pick books on the shortlist and bring them to life for students is a wonderful one. Older students often feel that picture books are not for them, but providing such an extensive performance based on predominantly pictures is a fantastic way to engage students in literature at all levels. Your question time and follow up with lesson ideas and details about aspects of the performance is a well thought out addition to the actual performance. I have spoken to a number of friends at other schools already and have recommended you as a wonderful way to enhance book week (or any week!). The feedback from the students and staff alike has been nothing but glowing. Thank you for sharing your passion for books with us." Marnie Skerritt, Mathoura Public School, NSW


"I think your performance was fantastic. Looking around the room, all the children were engaged in the performance, including our grade 6s, which was great to see. Having so many children involved in the performance itself was fantastic too. Keep including as much child involvement as you can, the kids really arose to the occasion, in particular the actors, the part with the goanna was very funny. You could see the excitement on their faces when they were chosen and became a part of the show and they all did a great job. It was great how you brought so much more into the show than just what was in the book, and a great variety too! The technology was very clever eg. the birds singing when the kids made the bird calls. Also thought the bird song was great! (birds on the board). Very entertaining for adults too! Thanks again, hope to see you again in the future." Karen Nihill, Sacred Heart Primary School, Tatura, NSW


"I took 4W to the performance. I looked at the kids faces and they were just enchanted and engaged the whole time. They loved the interactivity of the event and the performer was in control the whole time and had the children eating out of his hands... Great and very worthwhile." Gail Oakman, Assistant Principal, Barnier Public School, NSW


"Thank you Tony for visiting our school last week and bringing “A Walk In The Bush” to life for our Prep-Year 2 students. They really did love it and have been talking about it a lot during Book Week. They were particularly excited to see A Walk in the Bush win for its category. Here is some feedback the Year 2 Team have for you: The students loved it, thought it was really funny. The student involvement and interactivity was great. It was great that it was informative about animals as well as entertaining. We will hopefully see you again next year." Verity Sheppard, Year 2 PLC and Instructional Leader, Kingswood Primary School, VIC


"​Hi Tony, we would love to have you back next year please so let me know what fits in with you... Thanks again for a fantastic show the children and the Teachers have not stopped raving about it.Janelle Gill, Banora Point Public School, NSW


"Hi Tony, Thank you for visiting CPS! Our Children were VERY excited when I announced A Walk In The Bush was the winning book - your show hooked them into Book Week!... our staff and students were impressed! Please see the feedback below... Tony was very easy to communicate with and book. Arrived on time and was very organised. The show was interactive, with many opportunities for students to partake in the performance. Funny and animated performer. Enjoyable and engaging for the children. Loved the creativity, song, dance and puppets. I liked that the children were involved in the show. I thought he interacted really well with the children. My class enjoyed the show. Thanks again for bringing your show to our school." Krystal Ryan, Classroom Teacher (5/6C), Caulfield Primary School, VIC


"Hi Tony, Thank you very much for a wonderful performance at Manning Gardens Public School. I am a teacher in our Support Unit and can I say, the students in my class thoroughly enjoyed it... I have students in years 2, 3 and 6 with varying abilities. I found there was something that catered for all of their needs. It was very engaging and interactive. My students still talk about it now." Rhiannon Hardy, Manning Gardens Public School, Taree, NSW.


"A wonderful Book Week performance happening right now at The Gardens...where great things happen! Approximately 300 students and 60 adults being treated to this amazing show!" Facebook Page, Manning Gardens Public School, Taree, NSW


"Here is some feedback from students in 3/4F: Everyone was included....I like how he let people volunteer... He was a good storyteller, using voice, face and actions... I like that he made his own instruments without buying anything... It has inspired me to ask to go on a bushwalk...The students clearly enjoyed this fantastic experience!" Kotara South Public School, NSW


"Thank you Tony... I have heard many positive comments from (the infants staff) about how brilliant the show was... I’m glad you got to Melbourne safely and thank you again for coming all the way to Tamworth for our show. It was an excellent performance." Rachel Nicholson, Carinya Christian School, Calala, NSW


"A highlight of Book Week was the performance today by Books to Life for our junior students. The adaptation of A Walk in the Bush (Picture Book of the Year by the Children's Book Council of Australia) was humorous and exciting.  Thanks Books To Life!" Clarence Valley Anglican School, NSW


"I really enjoyed your show at Manning Gardens this year – it was just fabulous." Debbie Horgan, Community Outreach Librarian, Midcoast Council, NSW


"Thanks for a great performance yesterday.” Karen Coleman, St Philip’s Christian College - Port Stephens, NSW


"Hi Tony Bones, Thanks for a wonderful show. Both students and teachers enjoyed it." Deb Hudson, Homebush Public School, NSW


"Hi Tony, School still buzzing after the show. Enjoyed by all - due to your ability to move show along, engage audience at regular intervals, songs were short, sharp and catchy. We've never had a student so moved by the song about being lonely it reduced him to tears. Of course the younger students loved Iggy being tossed around / slipping down the stairs / dad jokes. Several very experienced teachers inquired about how I heard about the show & commented on how brilliant it was. K-6 is a wide range yet the performance and organisation lent itself to catering for all age groups. The puppetry / slides were effective. Several teachers enjoyed the story which referenced indigenous culture. Fabulous performance all round... On other note - had a student who took their family on a bush walk on Father's Day and came across a scribbly gum which he proceeded to enlighten his family about how he had heard about the scribbly gum via your great show. This family may have sent you a photo of their child next to said gum tree! The message is getting through! Also the K- 2 staff went to The Gruffalo at the Seymour Centre a week after your show and upon returning to school freely stated the Walk in the Bush Show was far more entertaining and engaging. This augurs well for 2019 and I'll be in touch re. a booking." Leanne Sharpe , Teacher Librarian, Enfield Public School, NSW.


"Hello! I am the mother of Harrison Harman who is in year 1 (class 1Z) at Enfield Public School. We went for a bush walk at Muogamarra on Father’s Day and Harrison was so excited to spot Scribbly Gum. He hasn’t noticed it before but since seeing your performance he was so happy to see it. He told us all about how caterpillars leave the track marks. We didn’t know about this (we are Brits although now Aussie too) so the whole family learned something. Ms Sharpe thought you might like to know so I’m emailing you!  Here’s a photo! Thank you! Natalie"


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