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Multi-award winning songwriter, Kathy Possum, develops a new show for Possum Music each year. Possum Music currently has five shows:

Diggin' History

Diggin' History explores Australian history in a fun, educational and age appropriate manner.

Diggin' History is targeted at primary school children and focuses on history in an Australian Curriculum context.

The show is set on an Aussie farm, Grandad's Place. Our performer takes the children on an imaginary visit to the farm to visit Grandad, his dog Charlie and Rockin&apos the rooster. Charlie the dog loves to dig and over the years has acquired quite a stash of interesting artefacts for the children to explore including:

  • Dinosaur bones
  • Indigenous artefacts (non-sacred)
  • Convict ball and chain
  • Gold panning pans

Diggin' History examines these artefacts to learn more about:

  • Australia's rich dinosaur heritage including the Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni
  • First Australians and some of the tools they used to survive and create music
  • Conditions on board convict transport ships
  • Discovery of gold, gold rushes and the birth of Australian democracy

Each segment portrays how these artefacts relate to eras and events that have shaped Australia and Australians today.

In addition to the artefact driven segments, each show delivers a fun segment about farm, fire and water safety, a great 12 bar blues dance segment, and an uplifting segment about having a positive outlook and focussing on the future even when things seem really difficult.

Diggin' History features puppets by the world's best puppet makers - Axtell Expressions and Luna's Puppets and original music by the winner of the Songs For Children category and finalist for the Australian Songwriter of the Year award in the 2013 Australian Songwriter's Association Song-writing Competition.

Our whole school performances are based on a combination of Diggin' History and our early learning/stage 1 show Grandad's Place.

For a detailed analysis of the alignment between Grandad's Place and the Australian and State Curricula, please open our Curriculum Maps for NSW Preschool to Year 1, NSW Years 2 to 6, WA Kindergarten to Year 1 and WA Years 2 to 6.

Duration:

Diggin' History runs for approximately 55 minutes.

Pricing:

Our fee is $7 per child (subject to our minimum fees).

We donate 15% of proceeds to the school for the school to use as it sees fit. Common examples are to raise funds for the school, to charge a lower price per child or to assist under-privileged children access the show.

Where more than 500 students participate in the performance, the donation is negotiable.

We have a standard minimum fee of $500 that applies where schools are located within 50 km of our previous or next booking and the total school enrolment exceeds 70 students.

In all other circumstances, our minimum fee is calculated taking the following factors into account:

  1. Number of students in the whole school
  2. Travel requirements (up to a maximum of 200 kilometres from our previous or next booking)
  3. Overtime requirements
  4. Whether we are performing another show that day
  5. The profitability of that other show

The calculation will produce minimum fees between:

  • $200 - small school, little travel, same day as another profitable performance
  • $800 - 70 students, 200km away, only show of the day

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Grandad's Place

Grandad's Place explores Australian history in a fun, educational and age appropriate manner.

Grandad's Place is designed for children attending early learning services such as kindergarten, preschool, child care and family day care services and focuses on history in an Early Learning Framework context.

Grandad's Place is set on an Aussie farm - Grandad's Place. Our performer takes the children on an imaginary visit to the farm to visit Grandad, his dog Charlie and Rockin' the rooster. Charlie the dog loves to dig and over the years has acquired quite a stash of interesting artefacts for the children to explore including:

  • Dinosaur bones
  • Indigenous artefacts (non-sacred)
  • Convict ball and chain
  • Gold panning pans

Grandad's Place explores the same artefacts from a different perspective, allowing children to experience:

  • What it would be like being a little dinosaur at time of the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede
  • Using Indigenous clap sticks to create rhythm
  • What it would be like to ride in a convict transport ship
  • What panning for gold would be like

Each segment focusses on helping children understand that both the people they live with and the place they live in will have interesting stories just waiting to be discovered. We encourage children find these stories with the help of their educators and the adults that care for them, whether they are mums, dads, uncles, aunties, grandparents or foster carers.

In addition to the artefact driven segments, each show delivers a fun segment about farm, fire and water safety, a great 12 bar blues dance segment, and an uplifting segment about having a positive outlook and focussing on the future even when things seem really difficult.

Grandad's Place features puppets by the world's best puppet makers - Axtell Expressions and Luna's Puppets and original music by the winner of the Songs For Children category and finalist for the Australian Songwriter of the Year award in the 2013 Australian Songwriter's Association Song-writing Competition.

For a detailed analysis of the alignment between Grandad's Place and the Australian and NSW Curriculum, please open our Curriculum Maps for Preschool to Year 1.

Duration:

Grandad's Place runs for approximately 55 minutes.

Pricing:

Our fee is $8 per child (subject to agreement to use our promotional materials and our minimum fees).

Our minimum fees are:

  • Morning sessions - $240 (all customers)
  • Afternoon sessions - $200 (existing customers $160)
  • Merchandise sales contribute to minimum fee achievement.

To check the alignment between the show and the Australian and NSW Curriculum, please open our Curriculum Map for Preschool to Year 1.

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Something Very Fishy Going On

Something Very Fishy Going On is about the threats to our marine environment and wildlife.

The show is set in a seaside village where all the townsfolk fish, only ever taking what they can eat - except for Mr Pidder. Mr Pidder sees fishing as a way of getting rich - and that is how he fishes. The children then meet a seal caught in a plastic bag, an Octopus throwing rubbish out of the sea onto the land and a shark lamenting the demise of his kind. The show concludes with Mr Pidder returning from an unsuccessful fishing trip, wondering who took all of the fish.

The show raises awareness of our marine environment and the impact of over-fishing and rubbish on our marine wildlife, that some sea food is OK to eat while others are not sustainable and water safety.

Most importantly the show is a lot of fun with interactive songs and really funny puppet routines.

The show contributes to the children's understanding of the world, the environment, environmental and social responsibility and personal agency.

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The Magic Circle

The Magic Circle is about realising your dreams even in the face of bullies and seemingly impossible barriers.

The Magic Circle is a mythical place in Australia where the native bush animals live in harmony and where their dreams come true.

The key characters are Father Emu, who is sitting on a clutch of eggs, Mother Emu, who dreams of flying, Cocky, who has escaped from captivity only to discover that the wild has its own challenges and Feral Fox who is generally causing mayhem and is desperate to steal father Emu's eggs.

During the show children observe Annie as she develops her sense of self through recognising her limitations and learning to appreciate her abilities. Children also learn by working together, that even the most seemingly impossible obstacles may be overcome and through persistance and effort dreams really do come true.

As always, The Magic Bush Circle features professional puppets, original commercial quality music and loads of opportunities for interactive fun.

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Exploring Australia

Exploring Australia is a unique and interactive, imaginary, fun-filled bush adventure. Children help find and follow clues about Australia and its wildlife as they search for a 'mystery animal'.

Exploring Australia is a stand-out incursion featuring impressive production including: bush scene stage setting, professional sound system, lights, bubble machine, custom animatronics and professional puppets.

Original songs, quirky instruments, interactive resources and a cast of furry friends will excite and delight children as they:

  • Play I spy with an eight eyed spider
  • Hop around the 'bush' donning kangaroo ears
  • Watch a life-size wombat magically wobble out of its burrow
  • Interact with the stars of the show - our wonderful puppets

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Walkabout Australia

Walkabout Australia takes children on an imaginary journey starting in their local area and visiting iconic areas of Australia including - Uluru, Ningaloo/Great Barrier Reef, Lark Quarry (dinosaur stampede) and Queensland's rainforests.

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