‘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.
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.
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.