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Just Announced: Spot On Children’s Festival


The fifth annual Spot On Children’s Festival presented by Riverside Theatres has unveiled its epic September school holiday program where children will delve into magical worlds through live theatre, sensational storytelling, marvelous music and far-out films.

From 27 September to 2 October, Spot On will welcome thousands of children and their families to experience a fantastic program of award-winning shows, relaxed performances, Sydney premieres and even a Helpmann-nominated production!

Featured in the Festival’s program is the award-winning comedy duo, The Listies, with their new show all about the movies, 6D. Audiences can expect haunted backpacks, ninja nans, vomiting puppets and fully automatic toilet-paper guns. With the assistance of a GoPro camera, The Listies will create a movie at every performance which is sure to see the silver screen turn brown!

The internationally renowned Slingsby Theatre Company will present their beautiful production of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King. Nominated for a Helpmann Award this year, the incredible show will take audiences on a journey to far away lands where a naïve boy, raised by goatherds, discovers he is heir to a kingdom.

Little Wings Puppets will bring their creations to the Spot On stage in the fun and interactive show The Owl’s Apprentice. Combining shadow and hand puppetry with physical comedy, the show will tell the story of a young owl who is learning to become wise.

Join Riverside for the immersive adventure game, In A Deep Dark Forest by The Inhabitors, which invites you to step into the story set within a magical pop-up forest. Played in the dark, participants are guided by the storyteller as they undertake a series of fun challenges to complete the quest and bring to life a classic storytelling adventure.

Returning to the festival due to popular demand is Curious Jac, a delightful musical story led by bilingual storyteller Lilli Pang. With insatiable curiosity, Jac will embark on a globe-trotting adventure to discover the answers to all her questions.

Former Yellow Wiggle and ARIA Award-winner, Sam Moran, will add a dash of star power to the Spot On program with his show, Play Along with Sam. A colourful journey through the world of music, movement, word play and imaginative games, the show will include singing, dancing and hilarity for the whole family.

With tickets at a bargain price, Riverside Theatres’ cinema screen will delight audiences both young and old with a fantastic selection of animated films including Maya the Bee Movie, The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, Kubo and the Two Strings and Blinky Bill the Movie.

In 2016, the Spot On Children’s Festival will continue its dedication to relaxed performances which sees the traditional rules of theatre dismissed to cater for young audiences with anxiety or additional needs. During relaxed performances, the theatre lights will be kept on, children can meet the performers before the show and there are no rules on entering or leaving the theatre throughout the performance.

To see the full Spot On Children’s Festival program and to purchase tickets click here.


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