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Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge & Tim McGarry together make up Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People (www.monkeybaa.com.au). 

Based in Sydney, the company has achieved critical acclaim for its work and today enjoys a national reputation for producing quality theatre programs for young people.

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Hitler's Daughter - The Play
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Hitler's Daughter - The Play

Adapted from the novel by Jackie French

Eva Di Cesare et al
 
Four country children waiting in the rain for the school bus take turns telling stories. In an unusual twist, Anna's story takes the children to Nazi Germany. An intriguing tale about Heidi, a young girl caught in the turmoil of World War II, whose father was one of the most dreaded men in history.

One of the children, Mark, becomes engrossed in Heidi's story. In his conversations with his friends, his teacher and with his parents, he explores the moral and ethical issues it raises.

This intriguing play poses powerful questions about a frightening period in history and forces us to examine moral issues in relation to society's fears and prejudices in a fresh, compelling light.


 

   Awards
Cast : 2M, 2F (doubling required)
Performance Rights : Monkey Baa Theatre - admin@monkeybaa.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-813-2 | 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.

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

Adapted from the book by Li Cunxin

Eva Di Cesare et al
 

This extraordinary play for young people is an adaptation of Li Cunxin’s picture book  The Peasant Prince - the true story of Mao’s Last Dancer. Adapted by Monkey Baa, Australia’s leading theatre company for young audiences, The Peasant Prince has toured nationally, performing to tens of thousands of young people and their families throughout rural and regional Australia.

The production was awarded Most Outstanding Production for Children (the Glugs), Best Production for Children (Sydney Theatre Awards) and a Drover’s Award for Best Touring Production (Australian Performing Arts and Producers Awards).

Li, a 10-year-old boy, is plucked from his village in rural China and sent to a ballet academy in the big city. He leaves everything and everyone he loves, including his family. Over years of gruelling training, he transforms from an impoverished peasant to a giant of the international dance scene. What does he find along the way?

The Peasant Prince is a remarkable true story of courage, resilience and unwavering hope.

A poignant gem.’ –  Sydney Arts Guide

‘Vital, exuberant, aspirational, and inspirational.’ – Australian Stage

‘Monkey Baa Theatre Company has created another wonderful work for children.’–  Broadway World
Cast : 6F, 14M (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-002-8 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Thursday's Child
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Thursday's Child

Adapted from the novel by Sonya Hartnett

Eva Di Cesare et al
 
Thursday’s Child is Tin, born on a Thursday and like the old nursery rhyme, has far to go. A strange and lonely child who digs, his wanderings take him underneath the earth into the subterranean tunnels that he’s pre-destined to roam. Told by his sister Harper Flute, it is a story of an Australian farming family’s strength as they battle their way through the great depression of the 1930’s. A surreal and epic piece of theatre that explores the themes of memory, fate, family camaraderie and the spirit of determination in a time of great change. Thursday's Child is an engaging and deeply moving story that captures the heart and imagination.


Cast : 3M, 3F (doubling necessary)
Performance Rights : Monkey Baa Theatre - admin@monkeybaa.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-887-3 | Sales: Australia only | PB