Book Week shows for students... by teachers!!

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Tony's past Book Week shows (above)

2019 CBCA

Short Listed

"Picture Book

of the Year"

show

 
Title to be announced
May 2019

 

Adapted for the stage & performed by

"Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed

Music by Tony Appleby B.Ed

Book Week is 17-23 August, 2019

 

Theme: TBA

 

“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...

 

33 CBCA SHORT LISTED BOOKS ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY TONY APPLEBY FOR TONY BONES ENTERTAINMENT Writer, Director & Performer

 

33 - A Walk in the Bush (2018 - based on the picture book by Gwyn Perkins)

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)

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2019 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 Tour 2019

  • 8th August, 2019 (2 weeks before Book Week) then August 13th to 17th, 2019 (the week before Book Week 2019)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in Victoria? Click here!!

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  • Brisbane & the rest of Queensland (QLD) Primary School Book Week Tour 2019

  • August 27th to 29th, 2019 (the week after Book Week 2019)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in Queensland? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

  • Canberra & the rest of Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Primary School Book Week Tour 2019

  • August 21st, 2019 (Book Week 2019) & August 31st, 2019 (the week after Book Week 2019)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in Australian Capital Territory? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

  • Brisbane & the rest of Queensland (QLD) Primary School Book Week Tour 2019

  • August 27th to 29th, 2019 (the week after Book Week 2019)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in Queensland? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

  • Darwin & the rest of Northern Territory (NT) Primary School Book Week Tour 2019

  • July 23rd to 27th, 2019 (NT Term 3 Week 1 - 4 weeks before Book Week 2019)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in Northern Territory? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

  • Perth & the rest of Western Australia (WA) Primary School Book Week Tour 2019

  • July 30th to August 3rd, 2019 (WA Term 3 Week 3 - 3 weeks before Book Week 2019)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in Western Australia? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

  • Adelaide & the rest of South Australia (SA) Primary School Book Week Tour 2019

  • August 6th to 7th, 2019 (2 weeks before Book Week 2019)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in South Australia? Click here!!

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

 

 

Desperate to find a Book Week 2019 performance for your primary school in Melbourne, VIC?

 

Then click here for season dates for regional & urban Victoria for 2019 & search no more!! Includes specific dates for our 2019 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 2019 in Sydney, NSW?

 

Season dates for regional & urban New South Wales are available for 2019 if you just click here!! Includes specific dates for our 2019 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!!

 

What 2019 Book Week shows tour to primary schools in Canberra, ACT?

 

Ours does!! Click here for all our season dates for Australian Capital Territory for 2019. Includes specific dates for our 2019 tour of all ACT suburbs in and around Canberra, Palmerston, Belconnen, Canberra Central, Curtin, Narrabundah, Queanbeyan, Kambah, Gordon, Gungahalin, Jerrabomberra, Majura, Molonglo Valley, Tuggeranong, Weston Creek & Woden Valley. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!

 

Can't find a Book Week 2019 stage show that blows your primary school away in Brisbane, QLD?

 

Then click here and stop looking!! Season dates for regional & urban Queensland have been released for 2019. Includes specific dates for our 2019 tour of all suburbs in Brisbane plus all other areas of QLD including South East Queensland, Wide Bay, Burnett, Far North Queensland (FNQ), Darling Downs, North Queensland, Central Queensland, Gulf Country, South West Queensland & Central West Queensland. Specific towns & cities in QLD to be toured in 2018 include Ipswich, Logan City, Redland City & Morton Bay Region, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Cairns, Toowoomba, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Gladstone, Maryborough, Mount Isa, Gympie, Bongaree, Woorim, Nambour, Yeppoon, Warwick, Emerald, Dalby, Bargara, Innes Park, Kingaroy, Tannum Sands, Moranbah & Bowen. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!

 

Does anyone tour their Book Week 2019 stage shows for primary schools to Darwin, NT?

 

Short answer - yes!! Click here for the season dates for regional & urban Northern Territory for 2019. Includes specific dates for our 2019 tour of all suburbs in Darwin & the areas of the Alice Springs, Palmerston, Katherine, McMinns Lagoon, Nhulunbuy, Howard Springs, Tennant Creek, Yulara, Jabiru, Maningrida, Galiwinku, Nguiu, Port Keats, Wadeye, Milingimbi, Alyangula, Ngukurr, Oenpelli, Borroloola, Angurugu, Bathelor, Numbulwar, Lajamanu, Kintore, Gapuwiyak, Yirrkala & Daly River. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!

 

Wondering where on earth to find your primary school 2019 Book Week show in Perth, WA?

 

Wonder no more. Click here for all our season dates for regional & urban Western Australia for 2019. Includes specific dates for our 2019 tour of all suburbs in Perth & the areas of the South West, Peel, Wheatbelt, Pilbara, Goldfields, Great Southern, Mid West, Kimberley & Gascoyne, plus all towns & cities in WA. These include specific dates for Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Boulder, Albany, Busselton, Karratha, Broome, Port Hedland, Esperance, Yanchep, Collie, Northam, Margaret River, Dunsborough, Newman, Carnarvon, Kununurra, Narrogin, Manjimup, Pinjarra, Katanning, Derby, Tom Price, Port Denison, Dongara, Harvey, Merredin, York, Donnybrook, Exmouth, Two Rocks, Drummond Cove, Capel, Bullsbrook, Moora, Cowaramup, Bridgetown, Jurien Bay, Paraburdoo, Kalbarri, Fitzroy Crossing, Augusta & Dampier. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!

 

Scratching your head for a Book Week 2019 performance for your primary school in Adelaide, SA?

 

Well you've come to the right place. Click here for all our season dates for regional & urban South Australia for 2019. Includes specific dates for our 2019 tour of all suburbs in Adelaide plus all towns & cities in SA including Mount Gambier, Whyalla, Gawler, Port Pirie, Bridgewater, Port Augusta, Murray Bridge, Port Lincoln, Mount Barker, Victor Harbour, Aldinga Beach, Naracoorte, Renmark, Millicent, Goolwa, Berri, Nuriootpa, Tanunda, Kadina, Roxby Downs, Loxton, Strathalbyn, Moonta, Clare, Nairne, Wallaroo, Coober Pedy, McLaren Vale, Ceduna, Bordertown, Kapunda, Mannum, Barmera, Angaston, Willunga, Hahndorf, Waikerie, Kingscote, Lobethal, Peterborough, Woodside, Port Elliot, Balaklava, Sellicks Beach, Kingston, Tailem Bend, Jamestown & Williamstown. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!

 

What can I do at my primary school in Hobart, TAS for Book Week 2019?

 

See our show!! Click here for all our season dates for Tasmania for 2019. Includes specific dates for our 2019 tour of all TAS suburbs in and around Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Burni, Somerset, Blackmans Bay, Kingston, Ulverstone, Gagebrook, Bridgewater, New Norfolk, Wynyard, George Town, Sorell, Midway Point, Smithton, Penguin, Longford, Latrobe, Dodges Ferry, Lauderdale, Queenstown, Legana, Deloraine, Perth, Old Beach, Port Sorrell, Scottsdale, Hadspen, St Helens, Stieglitz, Huonville, Ranelagh, Pontville, Bridport, Turners Beach, Westbury, Beauty Point, Rosebery, Seven Mile Beach, Evandale, Beaconsfield, Sheffield, Margate, Zeehan, Railton, Geeveston, Richmond, Cygnet, Snug & Currie. Not on the list? Let us know & we'll find a date for you on the tour too!!

 

 

This brand new 40 minute stage performance will be created & performed by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed, a qualified drama & dance teacher with over 20 years of professional performing experience in children's theatre & theatre in education. This will be the 34th CBCA shortlisted book that Tony has adapted & performed for Australian school students.


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

 

Drama: a variety of performance styles within the show: Melodrama, Pantomime, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre, Mime, Puppetry, Game show, Improvisation, etc.

 

Dance: a variety of dance styles within the show: Jazz, contemporary, Hip Hop, etc.

 

Music: a variety of music styles in the show: Pop, Hip Hop, RnB, Rap, Rock, Music Theatre, Folk, etc;


Puppetry: a variety of puppetry styles in the show: Shadow puppetry, Hand puppetry, Marionette / String puppetry, Board puppetry.


Mask: Whole face masks, part face masks, noses, animals, commedia dell'arte, etc.
Painted sets - Painted on fabric, plywood, cardboard & paper.


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 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: powered EV pro speakers & the pro Shure radio headset microphone & bodypack are used to ensure crystal clear sound for even the very largest halls;


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, create sets & props during the show, be part of improvised scenes or be contestants in a game show;


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.

 

Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

Where will Books To Life tour in 2019???

 

Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide & Hobart. Sure, we tour the 2019 Book Week show to all the major capital cities. But we also tour the 2019 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?