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 short listed "CBCA Picture Book of the Year" titles & transform it into an incredibly entertaining & engaging stage show, performed to primary school students across Australia.
Tony performs the show himself, consisting of the highest level drama, dance & music. As a qualified school teacher, Tony ensures that there are strong links to the Australian curriculum throughout the show & in the follow up support material & lesson plans.
He uses drama, dance, original songs & music, mask, puppetry, props, sets, DMX coloured stage lighting, full sound system & wireless headset microphone, raised staging, painted sets, dual digital projections, costumes, 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
"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
Theme: "Curious Creatures, Wild Minds"
NOTE: If schools are closed or visitors to schools prohibited on the booking date due to COVID-19 then cancellations will be granted free of charge.
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 for kids to complement your school's CBCA 2020 Book Week parade!
A stage show for primary students that will astound the entire audience!
Children's Theatre that sets the new standard for every state & territory for the 2020 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 2020 Short Listed Picture Book of the Year shortlisted book. Click here!
Public Liability Cover of $30,000,000 & Professional Indemnity Insurance of $5,000,000! Click here!!!
All of the books previously adapted & performed by Tony since Book Week 2000...
Tony's past Book Week shows (above)
...for students on stage using
DRAMA, DANCE & MUSIC!!