Benjamin & Me

Benjamin is Will’s best mate in the whole wide world. Benjamin is also a dog. One morning, Will wakes up with an idea: he has decided to build the first ever boy-dog operated flying machine but can he keep his idea safe from the villainous Splinter McGee?

Follow the extraordinary journey of this young boy, his dog, their wild imagination, and a ukulele. The show features a smattering of songs, crazy contraptions and illustrations by visual artist Jacinta Larcombe.

This is a multi-disciplinary work with plenty for students to respond to: one person voicing many characters, storytelling, live original songs, a set made of found objects and child-like illustrations that accompany the story.

Benjamin & Me explores themes of friendship and loss. It’s the newest work from award-winning writer and performer Mark Storen (The Polite Gentleman), and is the debut production for his new company Whiskey & Boots.

Benjamin & Me is a show that is also suitable for families and adventurous adults.

Curriculum

Learning Areas
The Arts
English

Artforms
Drama
Music
Visual Arts
Literature

General Capabilities
Literacy
Critical and Creative Thinking
Ethical Understanding

Key Themes
Storytelling, Friendship, Imagination

Accompanying Workshops

Benjamin & Me: Storytelling and Song

Three artist-led workshops to help your students respond to the performance of Benjamin & Me

Cross Curriculum Collaboration

Inspired by the performance visit this workshop provides professional development for generalist and non-arts specialist teachers. You will collaborate with a Flying Arts Artist to combine visual arts practice with a non-arts area of the curriculum, culminating in an artist-led workshop for your students.

 

Production Information

Duration: 1 hour including Q&A

Audience: Max 250 students per session

Presented by: QMF and Whiskey & Boots

Writer/Director/Performer: Mark Storen
Illustrations: Jacinta Larcombe

Staging Requirements

  • An indoor venue guarantees a better performance
  • Minimum 3m wide x 3m deep x 3m high performance space
  • Access to a power outlet

More Information

Benjamin & Me was originally supported by The Blue Room Theatre and presented as part of the 2015 AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things.

“…celebrating friendship, creativity and adventure, Benjamin & Me brings smiles to faces young and old.” – ArtsHub

“Benjamin & Me is quite simply a feat of storytelling and imagination. A show that is quirky, a little bit silly, but packed full of heart.” – The Australian Review

Recommended Grades

Year 2 – 6
or Version for Prep-6 available

Touring Areas
Term 1: Area A, B, C and D

 

Booking Information

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