2015 at a Glance: Postcards from Nanna

‘You’re a bit younger than me.  I can tell by your teeth.’  Audience member in Shepparton to Nanna
‘I am going back to the library to put the aboriginal children’s story books back on the shelves –  I thought that I shouldn’t read them because there were no aboriginal people there.’  Librarian, Maffra

2015 saw the final tour of Postcards from Nanna, a program designed for local library and community spaces, featuring a raucous musical theatre show, professional development for librarians around cultural diversity and one feisty Nanna.

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Nanna and the Wyndham community. Photo: Cha Cha Sam

Created by Andrea Rieniets and Andrea Lemon, performed by Cha Cha Sam, and produced by Kids Thrive, Postcards from Nanna centres around 3 very different characters – Nanna, Pauline the Parrot and Ruby Big Dog – who get up close and personal with each other when they follow the grey nomad trail and take a trip in Betty the Bubble Caravan to the heart of Australia. Conflict and chaos ensue, but through adversity (and a disaster at the Big Koala) they discover that their diversity is a good thing.  They learn about each other, and learn to respect each other’s differences.

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Nanna versus the Big Koala. Photo: Cha Cha Sam

In 2015, Nanna performed 20 shows in 14 libraries and 8 venues spanning 15 towns in 9 regions and covering over 2,500 kilometres. The tour spanned from Craigieburn, to Shepparton, to Philip Island and everywhere in between, reaching audiences of over 1,200 people, with 3 professional development days being delivered to 47 librarians/ early childhood workers.

After 3 years on the road, Nanna’s now having a well-deserved nanna nap before she takes on the environment in her next show.