Children and Family Theatre, Film and Events

An Invitation Under the Sea: Little Mermaid In April

Banner image: In rehearsal, Jaime Hadwen as Ariel and Michele Lansdown as Ursula.

Birdie productions is in rehearsal for THE LITTLE MERMAID to play 13th-22nd April 2018 at the Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown.

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Continue reading An Invitation Under the Sea: Little Mermaid In April

Josephine Wants to Dance: World Premiere at Monkey Baa

Monkey Baa, the award-winning theatre company for young people, is proud to present the world premiere of Josephine Wants to Dance, a new Australian play based on the celebrated picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.

Adapted for the stage by Monkey Baa’s Creative Directors Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry, this landmark Australian production brings to life the iconic children’s book, set in Shaggy Gully, with stunning costume and set design, a hilarious original musical score and talented local cast. Continue reading Josephine Wants to Dance: World Premiere at Monkey Baa


The Wiggles are coming to perform for you as part of their Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! tour! This is a brand new show .

The Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! tour is bringing  the big red car to Riverside Theatres so you can “Do the Propeller” or “Dial E for Emma” say g’day to Lachy’s friend Ponso the Pony or play “Simon Says” as well as doing the “Hot Potato” or “Rock a Bye Your Bear”.

The Fab Four of Fun, Emma, Lachy, Anthony and Simon, will of course be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus!

The Wiggles are Australian Icons, trusted and treasured by Aussies with a recent survey showing that 95% of Australians are aware of The Wiggles; 66% of Australian Adults have been entertained by The Wiggles in their lifetime; 81% of children (1-5 yrs) have been entertained by The Wiggles and 70% of young parents say that The Wiggles are their pre-schoolers favourite entertainers! (i-View Omnibus). This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person.

THE WIGGLE, WIGGLE, WIGGLE tour will be at Riverside Theatres on Thursday 29 March at 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm



Meet THE UNBELIEVABLES. Playing at Sydney Opera House in December

A dazzling selection of the finest entertainers, cherry-picked from stages around the world will star in this summer’s biggest show, THE UNBELIEVABLES  . The incredible cast includes; a Tony-Award winning ventriloquist, 4 times Guinness world-record quick-change artists, plus circus performers specialising in death defying aerials, acrobatics, knife-throwing, juggling as well as spell-binding magicians, comedians, and world-class dancers.

THE UNBELIEVABLES  kicks off its national tour at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, 19-29 December, before travelling to the Arts Centre Melbourne 3-13 January and Crown Theatre Perth 18-28 January 2018. Continue reading THE UNBELIEVABLES: DAZZLING VARIETY AT THE HOUSE


Little Darlings Night Owls Kid’s Film Festival returns to nest at the Village Green Darling Quarter these summer holidays for 17 nights of free outdoor cinema.

From Friday 5 – Sunday 21 January 2018, expect balmy nights packed with the coolest family-friendly flicks, fantastic short films and live entertainment.

Arrive early and nab yourself a good spot for nightly entertainment curated by singing sensation Lah-Lah from 6pm, followed by kid-friendly short films at6:30pm. Presented with Little Big Shots, Australia’s major children’s short film festival, the program features the best local and international shorts, including films from kid filmmakers.

The main event kicks off from 6:45pm, with a fun-filled program of FREE screenings. From the 2017 remakes of Beauty and the Beast and Pete’s Dragon, to 90’s throwback hit Home Alone, and crowd pleasers The Lego Batman MovieRed Dog; True BlueDespicable Me 3The BFGMoana,Sing, and plenty more, there’s something for every member of the family.

Bigger kids can catch blockbuster favourites from 8:30pm at After-Hours screenings, with ArrivalStar Trek BeyondXXX: Return of Xander Cage,Ghost in the ShellLionZoolander, and plenty of superhero smash hits: Wonder WomanBatman vs Superman, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

“The Night Owls Kids Film Festival is a fantastic opportunity to round up the kids for a night of family-friendly cinema, and even better, it’s totally cost-free. So come along, pack a picnic, and enjoy a great night out under the stars with your nearest and dearest,” said Marketing Manager for Darling Quarter ,Sam Vicars.

WHERE: Village Green (North), Darling Quarter, 1-25 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000
COST: FREE Public Event
TIME: Festivities kick off each night from 6:00pm

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Royal Secret – 2017 Christmas Ball @ Pitt Street Uniting Church

Royal Secret – 2017 Christmas Ball in Town Hall


This year’s Christmas Show Ball at Pitt Street Uniting Church will have something for everyone in your family:

• Beautiful fusion of famous and most loved opera arias and modern musical classics
• Opera Australia, The Voice, and Australia’s Got Talent performers
• Original Christmas “Royal Secret” theater story with a Mystery Queen character
• One of the oldest organs in Sydney in a fascinating acoustic atmosphere
• Elegance and charm of the antique architecture

DATE for the Diary
10 December 2017 3pm – 6pm at Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, city

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You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid The Cheese @ the Factory Theatre

Do you have a family??? Then this is the show for you! (It’s a family show, not a show about families).

Bobbi & Wanda are your guides in the hunt for the cheese they hid. Did you know you can catch a bear with cheese? You can learn this, and other important facts at You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid The Cheese.

The “out-of-the-ordinary” (The Plus Ones) Debbie Zukerman, and “superb” (Adelaide Theatre Guide) Alicia Gonzalez have made a new family show. It’s so new, it’s like a tamagotchi in the summer of ’96. SCIENCE. There may be some in the show.

“Choo Choo Troupe is … a force for good” – Sydney Arts Guide

Sat Sept 2, 5:45 & Sun Sept 3, 4:45 at the Factory Theatre.

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“The Smurfs” (2011) was the first film in the current franchise, and was quickly followed by the very successful “The Smurfs 2” (2013), and both were hybrids skillfully combining a live-action universe with a digitally animated CGI characters.

SMURFS – THE LOST VILLAGE is the latest film in the smurfs franchise, this time is fully digitally animated, and presents a brand new take on the Smurfs, and as experienced at the media screening, yet again SMURFS – THE LOST VILLAGE is a huge hit with very young children and their parents, with magnificent voice talents attached to the cast, and this is a very child-friendly kids fantasy movie for three-to-nine-year-olds.

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Directed by Roger Spottiswoode (who also directed Turner & Hooch), this film is based on the autobiographical books by James Bowen about a man and his cat which tells the story of how Bowen, portrayed by Luke Treadaway, a homeless, recovering drug addict, ekes out a rather edgy and skint existence busking on the streets of London.

His patient, sympathetic support worker Val (Joanne Froggatt) manages to find him accommodation. One evening Bowen discovers Bob the cat guzzling his cereal. At first Bowen shoos him, but then he notices that the cat is badly injured, after which he then makes contact with his  neighbour, animal lover and activist Bettie (Ruta Gedmintas). Between Val, Bob and Bettie, Bowen’s life will never be the same. Continue reading A STREET CAT NAMED BOB



A Combination of all talents in one Grand Show!

The multi award-winning illusionist “Saksham” who has baffled people from the streets of Sydney to the large stages and festivals.

He may be only 15 yrs but is a master of magic and his spectacular illusions will always keep you wondering. He will be astounding you with his astonishing illusions combined with comedy and dance.

Head judge KGT “You are born to do this”

David Taylor “very charismatic”

Hornsby advocate news “Saksham you owned the stage”

DATES – Saksham Magical Madness at  the Pennant Hills Community Hall, Ramsay Road, Pennant Hills on the 25th and 26th February at 2.30 pm.

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Sydney Youth Musical Theatre presented an impressive and magical restaging of J.M.Barrie’s classic tale featuring a large ensemble cast and a vibrant live orchestra.

For over 110 years, the legendary story of Peter Pan, a boy who can fly, but never wants to grow up. has been delighting children and their parents. Continue reading PETER PAN COMES ALIVE @ HORNSBY RSL



The amazing Dracula Pack is back, better than the original, with fresh animated slapstick for a non-stop adventure ride after Dracula becomes a grandfather. Just like the first film, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 has child-friendly sight gags and screwball punchlines, and corny farce humour and the latest scenario also features some ghoulish fun.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 begins after the wedding of Dracula’s daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) to human Jonathan (Andy Samberg) with the full blessing of Dracula (Adam Sandler). Dracula is now fixated with his new grandson’s lack of vampire heritage (with an appearance to remind you immediately of the ginger-headed children in Pixar’s Brave).   Dracula, together with his undead and other monstrosities decide it is their duty to teach the toddler how to be the best ever little monster.

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Avenue Q @ The Enmore Theatre

Queues deserve to run the length of Enmore Road for the current production of AVENUE Q.

Quite simply an incredibly entertaining musical theatre event, AVENUE Q is an R rated take on the G rated Sesame Street scenario, where the Muppets are more into kink than cookies, political correctness gets a reality check, and the songs are unabashedly bold.

Quick off the mark from the get go, the energy never lets up as recent university grad, Princeton, looks for lodging in Avenue Q, a low rent address whose superintendent is former child star, Gary Coleman. Continue reading Avenue Q @ The Enmore Theatre


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The MINIONS 3D computer-animated comedy movie begins from the dawn of time, with the relatively simple-minded MINIONS evolving from single-celled organisms, and then starting with the Jurassic Era becoming fiercely loyal beings who live just to serve history’s most despicable masters. The forever-young goggles-wearing yellow henchmen, from the two delightful ‘Despicable Me’ childrens’ movies, now have starring roles in this latest film produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures. Sandra Bullock finally gets the role of a lifetime as the nasty super-villain, ‘Scarlett Overkill’.

‘Scarlett Overkill’ does mention the bard, and to quote William Shakespeare “She vaunted ‘mongst her minions t’ other day” (Henry VI Part 2). This retro ‘Despicable Me’ prequel is set during 1968 initially in New York and Orlando, with wonderful pop culture icons/references throughout. In the Swinging 60s London finale, Scarlett Overkill alongside her inventor husband Herb, wants to steal Queen Elizabeth’s crown from the Tower of London. The trio of Minions – Stuart, Kevin and Bob pass the henchmen recruitment process at Villain-Com International. Scarlett Overkill gives the job to her new henchmen, the trio of Minions, KEVIN (the leader), STUART (the teenage rebel with his ukulele) and the diminutive and very lovable BOB carrying Tim his Teddy Bear, and is easily identifiable with his brown/green “Heterochromia Iridum”. Via the bedtime story of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, with “Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf” on the soundtrack, Scarlet threatens to kill the minions if they fail to steal the crown.

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HOME is a fast-paced delightful 94 minutes, I really enjoyed watching this movie as did my kids. Released on 19 March, HOME is DREAMWORKS lone theatrical release of this year, and it has been well worth the wait, especially in the 3D version as distributed only in overseas markets by Twentieth Century Fox.

DREAMWORKS marketing for this movie was both clever and unique, because they released from 7 March 2014 a fast-paced, wonderful, charming and captivating 3D DreamWorks computer-graphics-animated four minute comedy short called “ALMOST HOME”, that screened before each new DreamWorks children’s movie, including the 3D Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and 3D Penguins of Madagascar, plus the Blue Sky Studios film 3D Rio 2.

Based on the 2007 children’s science fiction book, written by Adam Rex, “The True Meaning of Smekday” and featuring the voices of Steve Martin, Rihanna and Jim Parsons, HOME has Gratutity (“Tip”) Tucci as its female protagonist, this a wonderful story that has both heart and humour.

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MASQUERADE @ the Drama Theatre

“Fifty is my first, Nothing is my second, Five just makes my third, My fourth a vowel is reckoned.”

Bring your children to Sydney Opera House to see this world  premiere production delivered in a manner that is well beyond the world of the armchair treasure hunt, with its beautiful illustrations, provided by the book.

Local playwright Kate Mulvany has lovingly adapted British author Kit Williams’ children’s book, first published in January, 1987.

Jack Hare takes us all on a fast-paced 120 minute journey, departing from his mistress, The Moon and then setting out on a mission to deliver both her message of love (a deep and meaningful riddle) and her jeweled gift, to her male paramour, The Sun. Continue reading MASQUERADE @ the Drama Theatre

LEGO Towers of Tomorrow @ Sydney Museum

Model builder Ashley Bogar (left) at work on the Towers of Tomorrow exhibition with exhibition designer Kieran Larkin. He is holding a replica of the Q1 Building from the Gold Coast. Pic Kate Geraghty Sydney Morning Herald
Model builder Ashley Bogar (left) at work on the Towers of Tomorrow exhibition with exhibition designer Kieran Larkin. He is holding a replica of the Q1 Building from the Gold Coast. Pic Kate Geraghty Sydney Morning Herald

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks is a world premiere exhibition of amazing skyscrapers in Australia and Asia represented in LEGO®. It’s on now at the Museum of Sydney until 19 April 2015.

Constructed by Ryan McNaught, one of only 12 LEGO® certified professionals worldwide, the eighteen towers were engineering and architectural marvels. Some like the Shanghai Tower, they challenge how we live. Others like Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, Tokyo Skytree, Q1 and Sydney Tower become global landmarks. Odd, strange, breathtakingly beautiful, they are awe inspiring. Art and architecture are one. Continue reading LEGO Towers of Tomorrow @ Sydney Museum

Monkey…Journey to the West

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Aljin Abella and Darren Gilshenan in Monkey…Journey to The West

Hands up those who remember the iconic incredibly popular TV series Monkey of the 1970’s ?

Theatre of Image under the brilliantly inspired direction of Kim Carpenter, in combination with legendary John Bell of Bell Shakespeare and in collaboration with Team 9Lives have fashioned a magnificent, enthralling, visually stunning production based on a story originally from the 1500’s that enchants.

For those unfamiliar with Monkey it could perhaps be compared to a Buddhist style ‘ The Wizard of OZ’ with our heroes on a mission to rescue three holy scriptures and return them to the people of China. The fable with its moral and visual symbolism lends itself splendidly to this multi layered production.
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Kermond Comedy Capers

Father and son team Warren Kermond and Wayne Scott Kermond
Father and son team Warren Kermond and Wayne Scott Kermond

Shows which emphasise ideas of family, of having fun and the natural talent of performers are much needed in our present climate. In Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s KERMOND COMEDY CAPERS, father and son team Warren Kermond and Wayne Scott Kermond used their experience to introduce the young crowd to the magic of cabaret, vaudeville, slapstick, classic song and dance routines, and a sequence of hilarious gags.

This worthwhile concept is a celebration of old-school entertainment styles. It contrasted with what the children may witness on TV, especially on over-produced reality show talent quests. Great unison and solo tap-dancing, elements of clowning, careful timing and constant audience participation ensured the audience members of any age group were totally engaged. Continue reading Kermond Comedy Capers



THE MAGIC CHICKEN featured a great plot with perfectly choreographed mime which easily kept every child mesmerised from start to finish. Constant giggles and laughter also came from the adults.

The play is set in a fun ‘Seussian’ kitchen and restaurant, initially with the dumb ‘under’-lectual chef and sous-chef, until a new customer enters the restaurant, and the busy comedy mayhem escalates into utter chaos with the most perfect timing including hip-hop dance moves and time-altering slow-motion. Continue reading THE MAGIC CHICKEN

Roald Dahl’s THE WITCHES

Guy Edmunds delivers a brilliant comic performance in WITCHES. Pics Brett Boardman

Roald Dahl’s THE WITCHES is the much loved childrens’ classic book, which tells a twisted yet endearing fairy tale, all about defeating a coven of evil witches.

Dahl’s story was originally adapted for the stage by David Woods and has since been reimagined by Lucas Jervies.

The current Stables production showcases a clever one man tour-de-force performance by Guy Edmonds (A Moody Christmas) as the master storyteller.

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The-Boxtrolls-6THE BOXTROLLS is based on Alan Snow’s childrens novel “Here Be Monsters”, part of a series of rather ghoulish but quirky and very clever childrens’ books.

Just as in their previous film CORALINE, Laika Animation has worked really hard to stand out with their unique stop motion movies, and their genuine stop motion is so exquisite in every detail and is uniquely charming, as amply demonstrated in the trailers for their third American animated feature length film BOXTROLLS. I am an absolute fan of movie animation in its many forms, however the physical process of creation by the frame-by-frame alteration of every character, still is a very welcome treat for my eyes. Continue reading Boxtrolls


RIO 2 the movie

All those incredible RIO original characters are back, and new character voices are provided by Oscar® nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy® winner Bruno Mars, Tony® winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy®/Tony winner Rita Moreno, plus featuring the clever music of new Brazilian artists and catchy original music by Janelle Monae and Wondaland.

This second animated outing for the blue macaws from the magical city of Rio, is full of energy and eye candy. Blu and Jewel unexpectedly discover, that there are other members of their species located ”Deep in the Amazon”. City bird Blu (Eisenberg) is happily married to Jewel (Hathaway) and this time, they travel to the Amazon with his family and his friends (from the first RIO movie) to look for Jewel’s family, but the villainous adversary Nigel (Clement) the deranged white cockatoo, is again gleefully subversive and keen on revenge. One of my favourite scenes, is the soccer match between the Blue Macaws and the Red Macaws

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