Monkey Baa was established in 1997 by three actors, Tim McGarry, Sandra Eldridge and Eva Di Cesare. Based in Sydney, the company has achieved critical acclaim for its work and today enjoys a national reputation for producing quality theatre programs for young people, their families and theatregoers. Each year Monkey Baa tours its work throughout Australia taking theatre to rural and regional centres, as well as capital cities.
To date Monkey Baa has adapted and toured Tim Winton’s A Bugalugs Bum Thief, Gillian Rubinstein’s The Fairy’s Wings, Andrew Daddo’s SPRUNG, Jackie French’s Hitler’s Daughter, Susanne Gervay’s I am Jack, Stephen Michael King’s Milli, Jack and The Dancing Cat, Sonya Hartnett’s Thursday’s Child, Margaret Wild and Ron Brook’s FOX, Duncan Ball’s Emily Eyefinger and is currently adapting Elizabeth Fensham’s Goodbye Jamie Boyd and Jackie French’s Pete the Sheep. Monkey Baa has proudly won The Helpmann Award for Best Presentation for Children in 2009 for Thursday’s Child and in 2006 for Hitler’s Daughter which also received the Drovers Award for Audience Development and 2007 Drover for Touring Excellence. The company will be embarking on its first international tour to North America in 2013 with Hitler’s Daughter.
Monkey Baa have had published three of its adaptations through both Playlab and Currency Press.
As part of the company’s vision, Monkey Baa aims to theatrically engage young audiences through the telling of Australian stories that entertain, inspire and encourage a greater understanding of the world and their place in it. For further information or to suggest a book to adapt please go to www.monkeybaa.com.au
Patrons of Monkey Baa are Morris Gleitzman, Jackie French and Susanne Gervay.
Morris Gleitzman’s Worry Warts was the third Australian story that the company adapted.
by Monkey Baa
11-year-old Keith Shipley will do anything to cheer up his “misery guts” parents.