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Happy Holidays from all of us at Monkey Baa!

It’s been a huge year for Monkey Baa Theatre Company…

  • We took Pete the Sheep to 54 venues across every state and territory of Australia.
  • I Am Jack to 14 venues across the USA.
  • Performed to over 80,000 young people, their families and teachers.
  • Conducted 100s of workshops in our theatre, with charity partners and in classrooms across the country.
  • Presented over 15 theatre works at our home, Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre.
  • And we are in the process of creating 9 new works for young people (aged 3-18).

Thank you for helping to make it all happen – we really couldn’t do it without our artists, crews, teachers, audience members, advisors, donors, sponsors and champions.

And so, Happy Holidays from all of us at Monkey Baa and best wishes until we see you in the theatre or on the road in 2015…

Eva, Tim and Sandie xxx


Pete the Sheep nominated for 3 Glug Awards!

Hold on to your fleece ladies and gentlemen our woolly flock – Pete the Sheep – has been nominated for 3 Glug Awards;
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We are in great company in all three categories and are very excited and look forward to February when the winners will be announced.

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Pete the Sheep Returns & Congratulations to author Jackie French!

As Monkey Baa’s national tour of Pete the Sheep wraps up this week – after 29 weeks, 32,000km and 54 towns, cities and venues across Australia, the shearing season will wrap up this Thursday 20 November for Ratso, Big Bob, Bungo, Shaun and our much loved sheep sheep Pete in Gunnedah. A big thank you to all ewes, rams and little lambs who came to see our flockstars!

A big Congratulations to author of Pete the Sheep, Monkey Baa Patron and Australian Children’s Laureate, Jackie French, as the finalist for the NSW Senior Australian of the Year.

Don’t miss a very special opportunity to hear Jackie French talk about how to find the ‘magic’ book that will get even the most reluctant young readers hooked on books at

Bankstown Arts Centre, Wed 3 Dec 6:30 pm $10. 



2015 Program is Launched!

Oh what a night! Thanks to all who came and those who were there in spirit we had a wonderful launch – we are going to be busy busy monkeys in 2015 with giraffes, bums, gumnut babies, witches and much, much more. We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

Monkey Baa Welcomes QLD rural teachers to Home base

November 2014 marks the culmination of the four year program – Monkey Baa Arts ED Project – Crossing the Line.

We are delighted to welcome our 12 inspiring and talented teachers from far North Queensland, with whom we have had the absolute privilege of working with, some for nearly four years.

The program involved ongoing professional development opportunities for educators in rural and remote locations in QLD. Monkey Baa collaborated with UTS’s Centre for Child and Youth, investigating professional learning needs of teachers in a practical and sustainable action research study to enhance their classroom-based use of drama and the creative arts learning experiences for rural students.

We visited teachers and schools in Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Ayr and Home Hill 3 to 4 times each year, worked in the classroom with their students, and learnt so much ourselves about improving ways we incorporate drama into the great curriculum.

An extraordinary experience and steep learning curve for all involved. What a joy this project has been….and we have been funded to continue the program in Western Sydney 2015 – 2016!

Crown Resorts Foundation -Western Sydney Arts Initiative

Monkey Baa Theatre Company is thrilled to have received funding from the Crown Resort Foundation to enhance the creative arts learning experience for students and teachers in Western Sydney Primary Schools through our specialised, Action-Learning based, Teacher Professional Development program. In great company too! Congratulations to Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir,Campbelltown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse, Gondwana Choirs, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Riverside Theatres, Ted Noffs Foundation, Urban Theatre Projects, Youth Off the Streets and other successful candidates.

Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s ‘Big Picture’ Event

Find out which exciting new works and old favourites will be on our stage and touring in 2015, meet our new Education Manager, Saskia Smith, and hear from teachers participating in our 3 year professional development program in Regional Queensland. If you would like more details, please contact [email protected]

2015 Education Brochure

Our 2015 Education Brochure is now available. If you would like a copy please email:  [email protected] or download HERE.

Sneak Peek – Kermond Comedy Capers

Simon Tedeschi

Simon Tedeschi is in the house next week rehearsing for his One Man Show Simon Tedeschi Pianist and Prankster. For more info click HERE.

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Big Bob with his latest Job…. introducing the newest shearer to the Shaggy Gully Shearing Shed, Little Bob! This little Lamb was born last week.


I Am Jack – Room to Read

Saturday the 26th of August was an extraordinarily successful collaboration  between Monkey Baa Theatre Company and Room to Read, with a great turnout – a theatre brimming with buoyant patrons, including children’s authors, publishing representatives and general Room to Read and “I am Jack” supporters. The beneficiary of this performance is Room to Read, an innovative global non-profit delivering literacy programs to millions of kids.

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Monkey Baa Theatre Company is seeking an Education Manager (CLOSED)



Monkey Baa’s second US tour – I am Jack is making headlines across the USA.
This is what Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) has to say; — Your kids hear about bullying every day but all this week, the issue is coming to life right before their eyes at The Smith Center. That’s where “I am Jack” is showing to Clark County school kids.




It’s always with a sense of excitement and nervousness that we greet the first day of a creative development.

This week was no different. Hearing our words out loud for the very first time as a full piece can sometimes be challenging but also incredibly joyous.

Our first day on the script of Pete the Sheep was fantastic. Hearing the voices of the four characters, and the various sheep and dogs was hilarious.

Pete the Sheep is a beautiful, a very funny look at being an individual within the flock and we can’t wait to share it in its full brilliance in the new year. Along with our Director Jonathan Biggins and Composer Phil Scott, we look forward very much to introducing you to our wonderful cast, Andrew James, Nat Jobe, Todd Keys and Jeff Teale.

Eva, Sandie and Tim

If you want to keep up with what Pete the Sheep, Shaun, Bungo, Ratso and Big Bob are up to follow them on Facebook

Monkey Baa Theatre Company Patron Jackie French

Announced as Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015

Monkey Baa Theatre Company congratulates our Patron Jackie French on the announcement today that she has been named Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015.

The Children’s Laureate is run by the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance and promotes the transformational power of reading, creativity and story-telling in the lives of all young Australians.

Jackie French is one of Australia’s best loved authors and Monkey Baa has had a most extraordinary association with her since 2005 when they adapted her novel Hitler’s Daughter which toured throughout Australia. Hitler’s Daughter was also the company’s first production to tour internationally, visiting 15 theatres in the USA in 2013.

Monkey Baa’s creative association with Jackie French continues in 2014 with the production of Pete the Sheep based on Jackie and Bruce Whatley novel. Pete the Sheep will be directed by Jonathan Biggins and will have its World Premiere at Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre in April 2014.  Pete the Sheep will then embark on a 54 venue tour to every state and territory of Australia.

Monkey Baa Creative Director Eva Di Cesare said. “Jackie’s generosity of spirit and her incredible and very real connection with young people has always been an inspiration for us at Monkey Baa. She has fast become an Australian icon and today’s announcement fills us with enormous pride.”

In 2016 Monkey Baa will present another Australian story, Jackie French and Bruce Whatley’s Diary of a Wombat.This wonderful novel is now one of Australia’s most awarded and bestselling picture books ever.

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