A few days ago I was lucky enough to go to a local performance of Pete the Sheep. Based on Jackie French's Pete the Sheep- one of her most popular picture books. It was a fabulous show. Monkey Baa are touring it nationally this year. It was very fitting to see it on Tuesday as Jackie French was announced as NSW Finalist for Senior Australian of the Year 2015 that very day. Current Australian Children's Laureate, still publishing an impressive number of books every year, is there nothing this woman can't do?
Monkey Baa is a fabulous theatre company based in Sydney, that adapts great Australian books into amazing theatre productions. Turns out Jackie French is a patron of Monkey Baa, along with Morris Gleitzman and Susanne Gervay. I've seen their production of Sonya Hartnett's Thursday's Child before, which was an incredibly intense theatre experience.
Pete the Sheep is a puntastic Aussie romp through the shearing sheds. It was great fun, and very funny- for both kids and adults. The packed theatre loved it, the kids were literally bouncing in their seats. A clever set, and very clever costume design allowed the four male actors to be shearers, dogs and sheep. Sean the Shearer comes to the traditional Shaggy Gully shearing sheds with his sheep-sheep Pete, and some fancy new ideas.
|Some sheeping around before the show|