Love interactive theatre and the old-school fun and nostalgia of a puppet show? Us too! So we’re excited to share that A Little Bit of Blue is being performed at Laycock Street Community Theatre this June.

Created and performed by Little Wing Puppets, an Australian puppetry company specialising in children’s theatre, A Little Bit of Blue is an interactive detective show for kids aged 3 to 10.

This isn’t a show where kids have to sit still and be quiet – far from it. Instead, the audience is invited to get involved, to call out and to help solve a mystery.

Mrs. Mavis Hooley, a bespectacled puppet with fluffy brown slippers, is finding that little things keep going missing: clothes pegs; a teacup; a ball of wool. Mavis calls in a detective to investigate and the detective finds something peculiar. Can the audience help the detective solve the mystery? And who is that blue bird in the superhero mask?

Jenny Ellis, a puppeteer of more than twenty years, weaves this gorgeous story together – sometimes playing three characters at once – and the outcome is a fun mix of detective noir, slapstick and education on the Satin Bowerbird and its fascination with the colour blue.    

This show is just 40 minutes long, so it’s a perfect introduction for young children to the theatre and even for older kids who don’t like to sit still for too long.

A Little Bit of Blue‘s Puppetry of Paper workshop

Does your child love to dabble in craft and performance? Have them join in the show’s accompanying 60-minute Little Wing Puppets – Puppetry of Paper workshop. Here, children are invited to make a unique puppet out of paper. There are no rules – they can crunch, rip, twist and tear – before learning techniques to bring their puppet to life.

This workshop is based on Bunraku-style puppetry (a traditional Japanese form of theatre that involves multiple puppeteers working closely together to operate one puppet), so the children will work as individuals or as a team. At the end of the workshop, the children will have the opportunity to present a few short performances to the group.

A Little Bit of Blue show + Puppetry of Paper workshop

A Little Bit of Blue show
When: Friday 14 June 2024 – 10am and 12.30pm | Saturday 15 June 2024 – 10am.
Duration: 40 minutes + a Q&A afterwards.
Cost: All tickets $15.
Age Group:
Recommended for kids aged 3 – 10 years old and their carers.

Puppetry of Paper workshop
When: Saturday 15 June 2024 – 11.15am (following the 10am show).
Duration: 60 minutes.
Cost: $10/person. Tickets are limited to a maximum of 20 participants (note: this does not include adults). UPDATE 2 May: the workshop is now sold out!
Age group: Recommended for children aged 3 years and up.* Parents and carers are encouraged to participate. Children aged 6 years and under need to be accompanied by an adult. 

Where: Laycock Street Community Theatre, 5 Laycock Street, Wyoming.
Contact: Phone – 02 4323 3233 Email – [email protected]

This feature was created in partnership with Central Coast Council and Laycock Street Community Theatre.


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