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
Book Week is 17-24 August, 2019
Theme: "Reading is my Secret Power"
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 2019 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 2019 Book Week season - Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania... we tour them all!
Check out our brand new Book Week Picture Book show "The All New Must Have Orange 430" based on the CBCA 2019 Short Listed Picture Book of the Year by Michael Speechley. Click here!
Public Liability Cover of $30,000,000 & Professional Indemnity Insurance of $5,000,000! Click here!!!
All the books adapted & performed by Tony...