Josephine Wants to Dance is a brand new Australian musical based on the hugely popular picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Touring nationally to over 30 venues across the country in 2018 and brought to the stage by the team that created the award-winning Pete the Sheep, this hilarious new work by Monkey Baa Theatre Company brings to life a tale about a bush Kangaroo you’ll never forget.
From the award-winning duo of Diary of a Wombat comes another hilarious tale of a bush animal you'll never forget. Josephine is a kangaroo - who loves to dance. Her little brother, Joey, tells her that kangaroos don't dance, they hop - but Josephine doesn't care and continues to point her toes and leap through the air.
When a ballet troupe comes to the sleepy town of Shaggy Gully Josephine learns that there is another way to dance - ballet. As the Ballet company prepare to perform, Josephine sneaks into town to peer through the window as the dancers rehearse, watching for hours and hours as the dancers perfect their routine. Then Josephine goes home and practices all night… all alone, until she knows the dance by heart. She spun, she swirled and pirouetted dreams… and at the end she always curtsied. She desperately wanted to dance like the ballerinas in pink tutus and silk ballet shoes! On the day of the first performance the Ballet Company was in trouble: the prima ballerina had twisted her ankle and the understudy had a splinter in her toe! Who could dance the lead role? Who else could leap that high? Josephine's talents are called upon to help save the day. Can she do it, and more importantly, does it matter that she's a kangaroo?
A delightfully funny tale that looks at the importance of believing in yourself and realising your dreams.
As the lights dim and the orchestra begins, the curtains open and Josephine leaps onto the stage, leaping like no other dancer has before.
The audience is silent… they clap… then… they CHEER.
This Kangaroo is a dancer… a truly magnificent dancer!
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Another story about the triumph of difference, the triumph of inclusion and the fact that if you set your mind to it, even if you’ve got a pouch and a tail, you can appear in Swan Lake.
"Jackie French delivers wonderfully entertaining stories and this is no exception… another delightful journey"
Good Reads full review
"Author Jackie French seems to have a real love for her native Australian creatures, giving them personality and whimsy."
Common Sense Media full review
"As you read the story, you find yourself wanting to leap, twirl, sway and point your toes with Josephine [...] This book is irresistible."
Kids' Book Review full review
April to October, 2018
Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare,
Sandra Eldridge, Tim McGarry
Director Jonathan Biggins
Composer Phillip Scott
If you are interested in touring get in contact!
Arts on Tour
280 381 880
Arts on Tour is based in Redfern NSW and we respectfully acknowledge the Gadigal people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the unceded land on which we work.
As we tour artists and productions across these vast lands, we pay our respect to all First Nations Elders, past, present and future.
We celebrate their continuing connection and contribution to culture, country and community, and thank all First Nations peoples for their wisdom in caring for the land, the sky, the rivers and the sea.