children’s theatre


“My name is Charlie Ian Duncan. I will be 12 on 2 February. I have written this history of my war with the grannies because I need everyone to know that I didn’t mean for Mrs Cyclopolos to blow up. I just wanted a paper round.”    Continue reading CHARLIE AND THE WAR AGAINST THE GRANNIES @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE


Splash into summer with the CDP Kids Summer Spectacular! This January, some of Australia’s favourite children’s books – Magic Beach, Room on the Broom and The 91-Storey Treehouse – will be brought to life on The Concourse and Seymour Centre stages in a series of family fun shows to delight fans both young and old, these school holidays. 

The fun will begin with the Sydney premiere of Magic Beach, inspired by the book by Australian literary treasure Alison Lester, and adapted for the stage by award-winning children’s playwright, Finegan Kruckemeyer. Every year, an everyday family go on a beach holiday. This  isn’t just any beach – it’s Magic Beach, where everything you can imagine becomes real. But  this year is different. As the eldest child begins to grow up, does she have to leave the magic behind?  Continue reading CDP KIDS SUMMER SHOWS @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE AND THE CONCOURSE


School’s out and although Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre’s (CPAC) much-loved annual WOW Festival is not being held in-person this July, the venue is inviting creative youngsters to join them in the digital realm for the WOW Festival At Home, available from Wednesday 15 July.

Because social distancing regulations are still strictly in place, in order to keep the community safe, CPAC has moved this year’s WOW Festival online, offering a broad range of activities covering theatre, art, Storytime sessions and even dance…for FREE.

“Despite the past few months of COVID-19 lockdown, we have continued to connect with our audience through a packed online program for the whole family – including comic creation, Claymation and other video workshops for the kids,” CPAC Director Craig Donarski said.

“And now our WOW Festival At Home dials up those digital delights to a new level – and the best bit is, you can join in from anywhere.

“Keep an eye out and you’ll even catch me in a Storytime cameo sharing one of my favourite books.”

CPAC’s online video content will be complemented by a comprehensive Creative Pack, crammed full of fun things to make and do, and available for download from 15 July or in print form by request at the venue.

WOW Festival creative producer Claudia Chidiac said that while she was sad not to be able to host an in-person event, putting the Festival online kept the audience connection going and would help children navigate the change unfolding around them.

“We believe in the power of art and expression – these aren’t just activities, but a chance for children to really lead the way during what are very turbulent times.

“Grown-ups need not worry either, there’s plenty of stuff for them to enjoy as well.

“Hopefully we can see you all again, in person, this time next year.”

But Ms Chidiac said visitors were also welcome to come into CPAC and use the Creative Pack to make the most of everything already on offer at the venue.

“Why not get of the house and come over to our place? Get away from the screen, grab your pencil case, drop on by and check out our exhibitions, magnificent outdoor murals and beautiful Sculpture Park – just be sure to observe social distancing and hygiene requirements.

“And if there’s any energy left to burn, there’s Casula Parklands adventure playground to explore, with a toddler playground for youngsters, and a skywalk, flying foxes and ninja training circuit for older kids.”

The Creative Pack has been designed to guide parents and guardians through the materials their young artists will need, how to work alongside their child and also discuss the activities being completed to help everyone make the most of them.

It’s suitable for all ages up to 12 and among the projects on offer are slime making, learning improvisation using ordinary objects as props, colouring-in, a gallery tour and much more.

The WOW Festival At Home has also connected with theatre groups across the country to offer online theatre experiences.

Event details: 
What: WOW Festival At Home 
When: From 15 July 
Cost: free


Sydney multipurpose cultural centre Carriageworks has been forced to call in administrators due to coronavirus.

The company, known for its live performances and art exhibitions, announced it had called in voluntary administrators KPMG on Monday night following the cancellation of dozens of events.

“The sudden cancellation or postponement of six months of activities due to restrictions on public gatherings has resulted in an irreparable loss of income,” a spokesperson said.

It’s one of many arts companies across the country that have felt the pressure under new coronavirus restrictions.

The NSW Government is yet to announce a targeted stimulus package for the arts sector.





It’s that time of year again. The amazing Mr Toad and his bonny, boisterous pals are heading back to Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden for the 17th consecutive year to entertain littlies and biggies in Glenn Elston’s outdoor production of The Wind in The Willows.

From Saturday 4 to Sunday 26 January children will giggle and howl at the characters’ mad antics, go on an adventure with Head Chief Rabbit, Ratty and Mole, then join a dangerous mission with the Rat Pack and Badger Patrol to rescue little, lost Portly the Otter from the Wild Wood.

This is interactive theatre at its best and will have the children calling out, “He’s behind you!” and singing lyrics, “Waggle your ears, wiggle your nose,” or the inimitable “Quack quack quackady-quack”. So, pack a picnic, pack the kids and head on down to the riverbank for this rollicking promenade production.


Sydney Arts Guide has two family passes to give away to the performance on  Saturday 11th January  at 10.30am. Email with Wind in the Willows promotion in the subject heading. The winners will be advised by email.