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The Owl’s Apprentice

An interactive show using a combination of shadow puppetry, hand puppetry and story-telling suitable for ages 3+

A young owl learning to be wise

A young owl has been sent to study with an older master, Mr. Tawny. He is angry and misses his family. He’s impatient, he throws tantrums, he sulks. He just wants to go home. He knows the only way he can go home is by gaining “wisdom” but he doesn’t even know what it is.

As part of his training he talks to other animals to learn what they think wisdom is. He talks to a wombat, who says it is about persistence. He talks to a kangaroo, who tells him it’s about listening carefully to what’s around you. He talks to a platypus, who tells him it’s about being flexible. He talks to a koala, who tells him to take things slowly.

On his way, he finds that wisdom isn’t just knowledge. It is knowledge learned from experience. Not just being guided by the lessons of the past, but being able to adapt to new situations. Little wing logoHow can these things be wisdom? Isn’t wisdom just one thing? He is very confused. Mr. Tawny sets for him a test in which he must use all the wisdom he has gained from the animals to guide him. Will he get through?

The show is about our unique Australian animals as well as drawing on the field of applied ethics and the 16 Habits of Mind developed by Professor Art Costa.

The Owl’s Apprentice poses questions to extend young minds. Written, designed, made & performed by Jenny Ellis.

Wednesday 13 July 5.30pm & Thursday 14 July 10.30am & 1.30pm

Tickets: Child $10, Adult $14, Arts Hub Member $12, Family (2Ad + 2Ch or 1Ad + 3Ch) $40

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