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Josephine Wants to Dance


Riverside Theatre


8 May 2018

Event Type

Live Event

Riverside presents A Monkey Baa Theatre Company Production
Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

The award-winning team behind Pete The Sheep bring the popular picture book by 2014 – 2015 Australian Children’s Laureate, Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley to life on stage in this brand new musical about a bush animal you will never forget.

Josephine is a kangaroo – who loves to dance. When a ballet troupe comes to the sleepy town of Shaggy Gully Josephine learns that there is another way to dance – ballet. However, on the day of the first performance, the ballet company is in trouble: the prima ballerina has twisted her ankle and the understudy has 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.

Please note: This production contains fog and smoke effects

Free in-school workshops run by Monkey Baa are available by request prior to the performance season. These are limited to the first few schools who express interest, so book early!

Dates & Times:

Tuesday 8 May at 10:15am & 12:30pm (Relaxed Performance)

This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding body.

Jonathan Biggins

Phillip Scott

Choreographer (Courtesy of Australian Ballet)
Tim Harbour

James Browne

Lighting Designer
Emma Lockhart-Wilson

Eva Di Cesare
Sandra Eldridge
Tim McGarry

Illustrations by
Bruce Whatley, 2006, from Josephine Wants to Dance
By Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia

Suitable for Preschool & Years K – 4


I’m bouncing with excitement about Josephine! There’s so much to love about Jackie French’s adorable story about a roo who follows her dreams, and what could be better than seeing it live by the company and director who brought us Pete the Sheep – one of my favourite productions! French’s stories are full of scope for the imagination and are a great tool for teaching characterisation, language techniques and plot in picture books. They’re also an excellent accompaniment to units on Australia, with French’s uniquely Australian characters and voice. This would be a great first theatre experience for your littlest students, or an excellent return excursion for slightly bigger ones.


Download the Curriculum Links here: Josephine Wants to Dance Curriculum Links


Download information on how to book here: How to Book

Download Riverside’s Risk Assessment here: 2018 Risk Assessment


This production has a strong music focus.

Visual Cues:
This production has strong visual cues giving students a different reference point for comprehension of the narrative or subject matter.

Relaxed Performance:
The relaxed performance for Josephine Wants to Dance is on Tuesday 8 May at 12:30pm.

Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside

Ticket Options

Student/Teacher $22
Transaction fees apply
Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $3.30

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45 minutes (No interval plus 20 minute Q&A)

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