Wombat stew

Well-suited for children aged 2-8 years, Garry Ginivan Attractions’ 'Wombat Stew' makes a great school excursion or a special treat for that little one or two.
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Following the success of the adaptation of Possum Magic into a children’s musical theatre, which in 2008 toured to over 40 theatres to over 80,000 patrons, Garry Ginivan Attractions’ is at it again with another Australia children classic, Wombat Stew.

In this new production, which has been stage adapted by Helpmann Award-winning duo Gary Young and Paul Keelen and produced by children’s musical theatre impresario Garry Ginivan; it retells the 1984- instant-hit Aussie fable (sold more than 350,000 copies Australia wide) of a dingo who catches a wombat and decides to make wombat stew, but his attempt was cleverly foiled by a group of native fauna into a 60-minute musical theatre with story-telling, mime, music, dance and puppetry and loads of audience interactions.

Touring around the country at almost 50 venues for this year alone and boasting a series of 150 performances, the play is set beautifully in the Aussie bush equipped with a few well-crafted props, including a free-standing caravan, a couple of gum trees, gallon drum, and even a clothes line; and performed by a cast of six highly entertaining singing and dancing troupe wearing wonderfully coordinated “dress-up” costumes that highlight their unique personalities with their animal characters. Despite high expectations, the performers did manage to stimulate their highly-distracted audience with high energy performance and vibrancy as well as well-timed audience exchanges. Although I would have liked to hear the sound of the buzzing flies on audio, the beauty of this adaptation is that it gave the audience (especially with kids) the idea that may be they could try to try retell their favourite story on their own with their friends.

Well-suited for children aged 2-8 years, Garry Ginivan Attractions’ Wombat Stew makes a great school excursion or a special treat for that little one or two.

Wombat Stew

Presented by Garry Ginivan Attractions

Based on the book by Marcia K. Vaughan & Pamela Lofts

Stage adaption and lyrics by Gary Young

Original Score by Paul Keelan

Wombat Stew runs from 2 and 5 June 2010 at the Canberra Theatre

Based on the book by Marcia K Vaughan & Pamela Lofts

PERFORMANCE TIMES: Wednesday 2 June at 6.30pm and Saturday 5 May at 10am
SCHOOL PERFORMANCE TIMES: Thursday 3 June at 10am & 11.45am and Friday 4 June at 10am & 11.45am.
ACCESS PERFORMANCE TIMES: Audio described – Friday 4 June at 11.45am & Saturday 5 June at 10am. Captioned – Saturday 5 June at 10am.

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Sally D'Souza
About the Author
Sally D'Souza is a creative arts & media consultant based in Canberra who has advised, facilitated, and assisted in creative arts events and multi-media projects and productions from independent artists, companies to government bodies in Sydney, Canberra and in Melbourne since 2001. Over the years, she has curated exhibitions, edited publications, and managed performances, launches, events and festivals. She has also produced television and audio productions, short films, commercials, music albums as well as working in new media, which includes interactive creative story and digital art storytelling. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and Graduate Diploma in Community Cultural Development. She has worked as a Curator for Artary Project Space, Senior Writer/Producer at WIN Television, Sub-editor for Multicultural Arts Victoria and Arts Writer for the Canberra Times. She is the winner of the 2005 ACT Pitching Competition and the Finalist to the National 2005 SPAA Fringe, Film City Inc., Pitching Competition, in which the rights of her winning story, Moments with Grace, was bought for the production of a feature film. Sally is passionate about community-based and cross-cultural creative performances that challenges and inspires its audience.