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

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Tony's past Book Week shows (above)

For Book Week 2019

 

CBCA Short-Listed

"2019 Picture Book of the Year" show

Book Week is 17-23 August 2019

 

Theme: "Reading is My Secret Power"

 

“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 SHORTLISTED BOOKS ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY TONY APPLEBY FOR BOOKS TO LIFE & 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

  • August 8th to 9th, 2019 (Term 3, Week 4, 2019 / 2 weeks before Book Week 2019)

  • August 16th to 23rd (Term 3, Week 5-6, 2019 / Book Week 2019)

  • August 19th to 23rd, 2019 (Term 3, Week 6, 2019 / Book Week 2019)

  • September 9th to 13th, 2019 (Term 3, Week 9, 2019 / 3 weeks after Book Week 2019)

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

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

  • Sydney & the rest of New South Wales (NSW) Primary School Book Week Tour 2019

  • August 12th to 15th, 2019 (Term 3, Week 4, 2019 / 1 week before Book Week 2019)

  • August 26th, 2019 (Term 3, Week 6, 2019 - 1 week after Book Week 2019)

  • September 2nd to 6th, 2019 (Term 3, Week 7, 2019 - 2 weeks after Book Week 2019)

  • September 16th to 20th, 2019 (Term 3, Week 9, 2019 - 4 weeks after Book Week 2019)

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

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

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

  • August 26th to 30th, 2019 (Term 3, Week 7, 2019 / 1 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 15th, 2019 (Term 3, Week 4, 2019 / 1 week before 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 23rd to 26th, 2019 (WA Term 3 Week 1 / 4 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

  • July 29th to August 2nd, 2019 (SA Term 3 Week 2 / 3 weeks before Book Week 2019)

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

  • Make an enquiry - Click here!!!

 

  • Hobart & the rest of Tasmania (TAS) Primary School Book Week Tour 2019

  • August 5th to 7th, 2019 (TAS Term 3 Week 3 / 2 weeks before Book Week 2019)

  • Where do Books To Life tour in Tasmania? 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!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the show:

 

 

Curriculum Areas:

 

  • The Arts (Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts); 

  • English;

  • Science;

  • Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

Learning Areas:

 

  • Literacy;

  • ICT Capability;

  • Critical & Creative Thinking;

  • Personal and Social Capability;

  • Ethical Understanding;

  • Intercultural Understanding.

 

Topics & Themes:

 

  • The Environment & Nature (Sustainability, Conservation, Recycling, Reducing Waste);

  • Relationships (Making New Friends, Making Your Own Fun, Creative Play);

  • Money Management (Saving Money, Spending Money Wisely);

  • Consumerism and waste

  • Need versus want

  • Creativity and imagination

 

Suitable for: 

 

  • Foundation (Prep, Reception) to Year 6. Will it work for all year levels? Click here

 

Description:

 

This brand new 40-minute stage performance for Australian primary schools will be the 34th CBCA shortlisted "Book Week" book adapted & performed by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed. He is a qualified drama & dance teacher with over 20 years of professional teaching & performing experience in children's theatre & theatre in education.


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 (excl. GST): $6/student - Minimum show fee of $750 for up to 125 students then $6/student thereafter


Year Levels: Foundation - Year 7.

 

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?

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THE

ALL NEW

MUST HAVE

ORANGE

430

 

Based on the book written & Illustrated by Michael Speechley & published by Penguin Random House Australia

 

Adapted for the stage & performed by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed

Technical Design by Peter Amesbury & Tony

 

VIC Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019

NSW Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019

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"Harvey owned a heap of stuff, but could always use more. The ORANGE 430 was the latest and the greatest. Harvey wasn't sure what it did, but he had to have it!"

 

"A cheeky picture book for anyone who’s bought a thingy or whatsit . . . and doesn't quite know why. In his debut picture book, Michael Speechley explores our obsession with stuff in a fun and edifying way.

 

A visually exciting and thought-provoking book about our desire for the next must-have thing, with a hopeful message that ultimately encourages kids to use their imaginations in more simple, connected, fulfilling and fun ways. An accessible introduction to our buying habits and the problems of plastic."

 

Reviews for the book:

 

“A splendid debut for a remarkably talented author-illustrator” Kevin Steinberger, Magpies - read more here!

 

"A picture book that is desperately needed in today's worldNever Ending Bookshelf - read more here!

 

"A great read aloud, humorous and rhythmic story that tells a cautionary tale about the world of consumerism." Kids' Book Review - read more here!

 

"This book is unique, thought-provoking and well layered" Little Big Reads - read more here!

 

"This book has a brilliant message about the effect that wanting to have so many things has on the environment" In The Good Books Blog - read more here!

 

"Speechley’s message is powerfully illustrated... Harvey’s message is potentGoodreads - read more here!

 

"The book encourages discussion about the difference between needs and wants, responsibility with money and the effects of advertising. A most important message" Fran Knight, Read Plus - read more here!

 

"Michael Speechley addresses the issues of consumerism, spending, consumption and related topics in a kid-friendly way in this fun, quirky, yet thought-provoking picture book" Just Kids' Lit - read more here!

 

"A thoroughly enjoyable read that boasts some truly colourful and fun images that helps take this children’s story to the next level... A real joy to read and was enjoyed by everyone. Highly Recommended!" Impulse Gamer - read more here!

 

"A very poignant book for today’s world where consumerism reigns and common sense has faded... The message this book gives us is simple – we don’t need all the stuff we have because we have it all in our minds – creativity, imagination, problem-solving... Fantastic and a must read for all children and their parents. It will start some big discussions" Educate. Empower. - read more here!

 

"Wonderfully funny and clever debut" The Literature Centre - read more here!

 

"Provides an important insight for families and for classes into the effects of advertising and consumerism in our worldRhyllis Bignell, Read Plus - read more here!

 

"This book is a must for all primary schools" Booking For 4 - read more here!

 

"This book is a breath of fresh air... a well-written, superbly illustrated book that compels the reader to think before they buy is excellent and will serve as a brilliant teaching tool" The Bottom Shelf, June 12 - read more here!

 

"Though the book does speak to the excessive consumerism prevalent in modern day life, it does so with wit and good humour. It is also uplifting – it highlights that we can take control of this affliction, make the world a better place. It also speaks to the joy to be found in simple things" Blog of Dad - read more here!

 

"A pertinent book for our times. A visually exciting and thought-provoking book about our desire for the next must-have thing, with a hopeful message that ultimately encourages kids to use their imaginations in more simple, connected, fulfilling and fun ways" Meller Agency - read more here!

 

"This book has a brilliant message about the effect that wanting to have so many things has on the environment. It explores the topic in a very clever, original way" In The Good Books Blog - read more here!

 

"My 8 and 11 year-olds enjoyed this book and are totally on-board with its message" Yarra Plenty Regional Library - read more here!

 

"Speaks to young and old... This is a story that you get more from on every read and with a message that truly packs a punch" Writing WA - read more here!

 

"With a timely MUST HAVE lesson for parents and kids alike, ‘Orange 430’ is refreshingly told with a new distinct voice and illustrative talent!" Words & Illustrations - read more here!

 

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Tony with winning 2018 Picture Book of the Year that he performed, A Walk in the Bush

 

About the book:
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