Pete the Sheep – WORLD PREMIERE

peteboys with book
by Monkey Baa Theatre Company
on the picture book by Jackie French & Bruce Whatley
by Jonathan Biggins / Composer Lyricist Phillip Scott
adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Tim McGarry and Sandra Eldridge
31 March - 24 April

Pete the Sheep is a brand-new 50-minute musical, based on Jackie French and Bruce Whatley’s quirky and quintessentially Australian picture book.

Shaun is the new sheep shearer in Shaggy Gully. Since shearing is such hard work, all the other shearers have sheep dogs to help them, but not Shaun. His partner is Pete, a sheep- sheep! The other shearers in the shed are not happy with Shaun and his sheep-sheep.

Following rejection by the shearers and their dogs, Shaun and Pete set up their own Shearing Salon in town where they are inundated with woolly clients, who delight in Shaun’s styling prowess.

This hilarious musical comedy, imaginatively told by four performers playing shearers, dogs and sheep, explores the challenges and rewards of being an individual, and will be a lasting tribute to honouring your own spirit and strength, whilst working with the flock!

“…a truly Aussie tale – delightful, funny, iconic, warm and hilariously Ocker, from the lingo to the names to the shearers’ blue singlets…”


FOR AGES 4 – 9

Director Jonathan Biggins

Composer / Lyricist Phillip Scott

peteboys with book


Pete the Sheep is suitable for

Primary School Years: K – 3

Early Stage One, Stage One and Stage Two

Duration: 50 minutes with Q and A sessions after each school performance.

School Show Dates: 31 March – 11 April
School Show Times: 10.30 and 12.30pm





For full tour details – listing venues, dates and links CLICK  HERE



  1. King Street Theatre said

    If you do not like PETE THE SHEEP , then you are a bum. It might say suitable 4-9 ages but parents will get a kick out this show and love it just as much as the kids. Jackie French and Bruce Whatley just know how to write about the good bits of Australian ‘kulcha’ and the MONKEY BAA THEATRE COMPANY do Australian theatre proud every time, showcasing the best of our stories, writers, performers and creative theatre makers. 10 out of 10.

  2. Amelia Whelan said

    How did you have a farm on one side and a salon on the other side.

    • Sanja said

      We had a very clever and talented Set Designer by the name of James Browne who made it possible to have the farm on one side and the fancy salon on the other side.

  3. Margaret said

    My family saw the show and loved it both kids and parents and they insisted I see it. Wow … It is the best 50 mins of theatre I have seen for years. So Australian and so clever for both kids ans adults.. The animal caricatures were wonderful as were the songs and voices. Do hope the songs come out on a cd and the whole show on DVD. Congratulations to all concerned.

  4. Ted Paxton said

    I saw Pete the Sheep today. I thought that the actors were very clever to play several different characters. My favourite part was when Pete the Sheep kept saying “Baa Baa” when he was suggesting that Shaun open a barber shop. It was a spectacular play and I can’t wait to come back to Monkey Baa. Thank you Monkey Baa!

  5. lynda said

    Loved every moment. Thank you for the great performance and laughs.

  6. Miss Sparkles said

    Totally awesome – Please publish a live audio CD. We need to re listen to the story and sing along in the car 😀

  7. Alison Kain said

    Wow! We saw Pete The Sheep today in Alice Springs. You guys were amazing. My 17-month old was mesmerized, my 5-year old loved every moment and I vowed to come to all your performances even after my kids have grown up! Thank you for taking the time to talk to my son about your careers!

  8. Lucky Bay 4 – EPS said

    We have just returned to our classroom after seeing the show. We really enjoyed the way the scenery changed, the costumes that were used, the songs that were included and the way they used parts of our local town in the play. We would like to know how many venues you have performed at in Australia and how you manage to perform in front of so many people.

    We loved the perfomance!!!!

  9. Dawn said

    Brilliant show, thoroughly enjoyed by all generations. Thankyou for all your hard work & for being on the road to reach all communities. The grandchildren love talking about it and role played when they got home. It would be awesome to produce a live video/cd to keep it alive in our children’s minds (& ours too!!). P.s. the laughter was such good medicine 🙂

  10. Clare said

    Brilliant show for the whole family to enjoy-a superb message that everyone can take in. Great performance at the Whitehorse centre Melbourne. Thank you

  11. Nicolette said

    Went with Beaconsfield Primary School today to see the show. I thought it was amazing!! Great performances, the kids loved it 🙂

  12. Judi Smith said

    Thanks for bringing live theatre to country areas for all children (especially ones from smaller schools), the chance to experience a professional performance on the stage. Lots of laughs, loved the story and question time was great for the children to have their questions answered by the actors.

  13. Mary Needham said

    Fantastic!!!!! My son and I love the book and have just seen the show at the Kingston Arts Centre. The production was visually interesting and the performances outstanding. Music was great, witty and very catchy. We would love a CD of show if available. Highly recommend.

  14. Bella said

    Just saw this at Glen st. Loved it! But please tell me who played Peter the sheep- it’s driving me mad! Thanks.

  15. Gosia Hill said

    A fantastic show, High standard acting and singing. So funny and pleasing to the eye (for grandmas! wink wink nudge nudge!)

  16. Kathryn said

    I just saw Pete the sheep with my six year old and my husband and we had tears of laughter running down our faces! Even better for the adults than the kids. Well done guys!

  17. Adrian Jackson said

    It was a fantastic story today. Oscar my 1/2 brother would have liked it as well.

  18. Caitlin Williams said

    This is for jeff :do you like playing Shaun and why

    • Sanja said

      ‘I love playing Shaun. I can relate to the character very much.
      In the show Shaun is a very unique person that likes to approach sheep shearing in very different way. He is not afraid to takes risks and explore his individuality.
      This is very much the way I like to live my life when I’m not on the stage playing the character.’
      Jeff Teale

  19. isabel.hartley said

    I was at the port Macquarie glasshouse with my school we love the play it was great hope you can come back one day

  20. Jo said

    It was no surprise that Monkey Baa did an awesome job with Pete the Sheep. I took my 4 years old grandson to the show at the Opera House and he was totally engaged throughout. This was his first ‘musical’ and clearly wasn’t sure of the concept when he asked “is it real?” Very clever lyrics and good Aussie entertainment for all. Adults playing the roles of sheep and dogs without a hint of dumming down for kids. Brilliant!

    • Laura Watson said

      Hi Jo, thanks so much for taking the time to write to us! We’re delighted that you and your grandson enjoyed the show so much. We’ll be sure to pass your comments on to the cast and crew – they’ll be thrilled. We hope to welcome you to another Monkey Baa performance soon! (we’re doing ‘Diary of a Wombat’ in March 2017).

  21. Georgie said

    I took my 2.5 and 5.5 year old boys to see Pete the Sheep last week at SOH. We LOVED it! We were all laughing our heads off and thought it was pretty much a flawless show for kids and adults. I would recommend it to anyone. Congratulations to all involved- we will make sure we come and see your next show too.

    • Laura Watson said

      Hi Georgie, thanks for writing to us. We’re so glad you enjoyed it! We hope to welcome you to Monkey Baa in Darling Quarter soon. The next production that we’re writing is ‘Diary of a Wombat’ (based on Jackie French’s beloved book). That will open in April 2016. In the meantime, keep an eye on our website for shows in between! The Monkeys x

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