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Currency Press - Children's Titles

Welcome kids!

Here you'll find our latest plays for young readers, as well as a few books with drama games and activities!





For ages 4 to 8 (Stages 1 and 2)

Pete the Sheep is a lively and mischievous award-winning musical about individual expression, for young and old.

The Grumpiest Boy in the World is  a playful escapade of the imagination celebrating ordinariness and extraordinariness. 



For ages 9 to 12 (Stages 2 and 3)

Honey Spot is about  the friendship between an Aboriginal boy and a white girl in a touching story of two families who seem to have nothing in common... until danger strikes.

Masquerade is a magical adventure that is, at its heart, about the love between a parent and a child. 

The Book of Everything is   a totally magical story about a child learning to act when faced with fear and injustice.
































Looking for games and activities?

Dramawise Reimagined is  a complete coursebook for students and teachers of Drama. Created for secondary-school use in the classroom, but its activities can be adapted for upper primary.

Drama for Early Childhood  is a practical resource for teachers and early childhood educators wishing to provide a vibrant, innovative and engaging drama experience. Suitable for children aged 3-8.

The School Drama Book  is essential reading for teachers and theatre practitioners who want to educate confidently. It uses drama as a critical pedagogy, and encourages learning through activities, rather than teaching ‘about’ the texts. Suitable for upper primary.


Full list of plays for kids below:

Blabbermouth
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Blabbermouth

Mary Morris
 
Adapted from the popular Morris Gleitzman novel.

A young girl, Rowena, moves to a new country town and school. Although Rowena can hear she is mute. Her widowed father has a penchant for satin cowboy shirts and embarrassing his daughter in public.

A story about disability, friendship, fitting in, and how children and adults try to co-exist.

 

Cast : 2M, 4F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-421-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Boss of the Pool
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Boss of the Pool

Mary Morris
 
Shelley is embarrassed by her mother's work. Why can’t she get a decent job? At the pool, Ben is afraid of the water, but persists in hanging around the edge, and Tania in the wheelchair is organising a disco.

 
Adapted from Robin Klein’s novel.

Cast : 1M, 4F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-355-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Children of the Black Skirt
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Children of the Black Skirt

Angela Betzien
 

A gothic fairytale for young people. Three lost children discover an abandoned orphanage in the bush and learn a history of Australia through the spirits of children who have lived there, from convict times, through to World War Two, the Stolen Generation and beyond.

An evocative play which explores history, reconciliation and the power of storytelling, Children of the Black Skirt has toured widely through schools and is a classroom favourite with teachers and students alike.

   

   Resources

Also available as an ebook:

               

Cast : 14M, 12F (cast of 3 possible with doubling)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-760-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Honey Spot
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Honey Spot

Jack Davis
 
The friendship between an Aboriginal boy and a white girl raises issues of race in a touching story of two families who seem to have nothing in common ... until danger strikes, forcing them to face their prejudices. Illustrated by Ellen Jose.

    eBook available from




   Resources
Cast : 3M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-163-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Masquerade
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Masquerade

Kate Mulvany
 
In a wondrous world of riddles and hidden treasure, bumbling Jack Hare is on a race against time to deliver a message of love from the Moon to the Sun. Far, far away in a world just like ours, a mother cheers her son Joe with the tale of Jack Hare’s adventure. But when Jack’s mission goes topsy-turvy, Joe and his mum must come to the rescue, and the line between the two worlds becomes blurred forever. 

Bringing to life Kit Williams’ iconic picture book, Masquerade stars a talking fish, a tone-deaf barbershop quartet, a gassy pig, a precious jewel and a few mere mortals. It’s a magical adventure that is, at its heart, about the love between a parent and a child.

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Cast : 9M, 8F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-584-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
No Worries: Three plays for children
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No Worries: Three plays for children

Beauty and the Beast / No Worries / The Small Poppies

David Holman
 
Three vibrant and varied plays for children. 

No Worries 
About a family forced to the city by drought. The story of displaced children coming to terms with a new life has moved audiences of many cultural backgrounds in Australia, the United States and Britain.

   Resources

The Small Poppies 
A touching story about that traumatic experience we can all relate to - the first day of school.

   Resources

Beauty and the Beast 
The classic fairytale placed in an Australian context—an outsider is brought back into the fold.

   Resources
Cast : Beauty and the Beast - 4M, 3F (doubling possible) / No Worries / The Small Poppies
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-181-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Pete the Sheep
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Pete the Sheep

Eva Di Cesare et al
 
Shaun the Shearer just wants to give smokin' haircuts to sheep; it's his calling. Unfortunately the other shearers on the station don't like Shaun's new-fangled ways – he even has a sheep-sheep instead of a sheep-dog! Cast from his shearing role, Shaun and his partner Pete the Sheep set up their own creative hair salon in town. Before long word is out and all the sheep in town are down for a do, and maybe even the big boys too!

Adapted by the team at Monkey Baa from the picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, Pete the Sheep is a lively and mischievous award-winning musical about individual expression, for young and old.

   eBook available from

               
Cast : 4M (Doubling)
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-543-1 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
The Book of Everything
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The Book of Everything

Richard Tulloch
 
Thomas is nine and he’s started writing a book. His father says all important books are about God. Even so, Thomas writes down all the interesting things he sees that other people seem to ignore: tropical fish in the canal, a deluge of frogs, the Son of God popping in for a chat …

He also writes down his greatest determination: When I grow up, I’m going to be happy.

Featuring Jesus, the angels, the Bottombiter, the startling Mrs Van Amersfoort and a beautiful girl with a leather leg, this is a totally magical story about a child learning to act when faced with fear and injustice.

 

   Awards
  • 2010 Helpmann Award - Best Play (shortlist)
   Resources
Cast : 4M, 5F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-933-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
The Grumpiest Boy in the World
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The Grumpiest Boy in the World

Finegan Kruckemeyer
 

Zachary’s height is exactly the height of an average boy for his average age.

Zachary’s hair lies exactly the way, of an average boy’s on an average day.

And when he dreams at night, Zachary dreams the most average dreams.

Because Zachary Briddling... is awfully middling.

And it makes him so grumpy!

Zachary wants to be different. So he thinks of all the other places out there – filled with giants, and miniatures, and hairy things, and flying things – places where he would not be middling at all. And so he sets out... to stand out.

The Grumpiest Boy in the World is a playful escapade of the imagination celebrating ordinariness and extraordinariness – and the grumpiness that can come from thinking we have too much of one, or not enough of the other.

  Awards

  • Winner of the 2014 Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Award: Best Australian Children’s Play
  • Winner of the 2012 ‘New Plays for Young Audiences’ residency at New York University

                

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Cast : 3-30
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-542-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB