12 Apr - 13 Apr 2021
55 Minutes

Magic Beach

A play by Finegan Kruckemeyer
Based on the book by Alison Lester AM

Come on an adventure to Magic Beach these Easter School Holidays as Alison Lester’s classic book comes to life on stage in a wonderful world of text, song, light, puppetry, shadow and movement.

Every year, an everyday family go on a beach holiday. This isn’t just any beach – it’s Magic Beach, where everything you can imagine becomes real. But this year is different. As the eldest child begins to grow up, does she have to leave the magic behind?

From the team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, this new Australian adaptation by multi award-winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is a celebration of the power of the imagination and the differences that make every child special.

General Public: Suitable for ages 3 – 12 and their families
Groups: Suitable for Vacation Care, Preschool/Early Learning Centres, Playgroup, Daycare and Home School Groups, aged 3 – 8 and their supervisors

We strongly recommend all staff and visitors (12 years and older) wear masks inside The Joan.

Cast & Creatives

Alison Lester / Book Author and Adaptation Consultant

Finegan Kruckemeyer / Playwright and Adaptor

Liesel Badorrek / Director

Isla Shaw / Set, Costume and Puppet Designer

Gail Priest / Composer and Sound Designer

Nicholas Higgins / Lighting Designer

Kate Betcher / Sally

Jade Fuda / Lucy

Alex Packard / Danny

Sharna Galvin / Company Stage Manager

Adrienne Patterson / Assistant Stage Manager

James D Morgan / Production Stills

12 Apr 2021 12:00 pm

12 Apr 2021 6:00 pm

13 Apr 2021 10:00 am

13 Apr 2021 12:00 pm

13 Apr 2021 2:00 pm

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Vacation Care and Childcare Centre Bookings and Resources

Vacation Care, Childcare Centre and Home School Group Performances
Magic Beach is recommended for Vacation Care, Preschool/Early Learning Centres, Playgroup, Daycare and Home School Groups, aged 3 – 12 and their supervisors. The performances include:

Monday 12 April at 12pm and 6pm
Tuesday 13 April at 10am, 12pm and 2pm

55 minutes (No interval plus 15 minute Q&A following the performance on Monday 12 April at 12pm)

Booking Form
To book this production for your Vacation Care, Preschool/Early Learning Centres, Playgroup, Daycare or Home School Group, please click here and complete our School Holidays Booking Form.

To discuss your groups booking further, please contact Box Office on (02) 4723 7600 or boxoffice@penrith.city

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Alison Lester – Book Author and Adaptation Consultant

Alison Lester headshotAlison Lester AM is a bestselling Australian author and illustrator who has published over 25 children’s picture books (including Imagine and Noni the Pony) and two young adult novels.

In 2018, Alison was the first children’s author to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature. In 2005, Lester won the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year for her children’s book, Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia. Alison was Australia’s Inaugural Children’s Laureate from 2011 to 2013. Alison’s books have been published worldwide and are beloved by generations of children.

Since its first publication in 1990, Magic Beach has sold over 400,000 copies and continues to sell strongly with 75,000 copies sold in the last 2 years. A true Australian classic, Magic Beach mixes imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special.

Alison lives on a farm in the Victorian countryside, and she tours extensively to schools across regional Australia to help students and teachers develop their own stories.

Finegan Kruckemeyer – Playwright and Adaptor

Finegan Kruckemeyer headshotAdelaide-based Finegan Kruckemeyer is one of Australia’s most critically acclaimed playwrights. His 92 commissioned plays have been performed on five continents and translated into eight languages. He has received 35 awards (at least one each year since 2002) including the 2017 Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award (for services to international theatre for young audiences), the 2015 David Williamson Award for Excellence in Australian Playwrighting, and an inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

To date, Finegan’s plays have had seasons in: 200 international festivals; all Australian states/territories; eight US national tours; five UK national tours; and at the Sydney Opera House (six works), Scotland’s Imaginate Festival (four works), New York’s Lincoln Center for the Arts (three works), DC’s Kennedy Center for the Arts (three works), Ireland’s Abbey Theatre (two works) and Shanghai’s Malan Flower Theatre (two works).

A COVID-19 Safety Message

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Please note safety measures may change. We regularly update our processes based on the latest government advice.

In accordance with NSW Health regulations The Joan is operating at 75% of capacity from 7 December 2020.

The easing of restrictions includes the removal of physical distancing requirements in seated indoor venues, with mask-wearing strongly recommended.

There will be no vacant seats between bookings in seated indoor venues for all tickets sold from Friday 11 December. If your ticket was purchased prior to this date, and this change is problematic for you, please get in touch by email (boxoffice@penrith.city) or phone (02) 4723 7600.

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We strongly recommend all staff and visitors (12 years and older) wear masks inside The Joan.

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