It’s double the giggles and double the grins, and double the trouble if you’re blessed with twins!

Birthdays are special. They are seen as one of the most anticipated and celebrated days of the year for children and adults alike. But do your little ones count down the days to their celebration or dread the thought of being in the spotlight?

Especially on Birthdays follows a pair of 5 year old twins in the lead up to their sixth birthday. While they share a lot of things, their opinion of birthdays is not one of them. One twin can’t wait for their big day while the other despairs at the thought of it. Living in the shadow of his twin sister is a comfortable place for Stephen to be, so when circumstances threaten to place him in the limelight, he wants out!

Created by one of the country’s leading children’s theatre producers, Dave Brown (former Artistic Director of Patch Theatre Company) in association with The Paper Boats Project, this intimate visual-theatre experience for 4-8 year olds recreates the ups, downs and roundabouts and fun of birthdays.

Performed in an intimate setting with the audience facing each other across the performance space, the show invites participation from children, evoking an inclusive party environment. A number of children are invited to participate in parts of the show itself and the atmosphere onstage ensures they feel special and included, whilst recreating all the excitement of the most anticipated day of the year.

Part performance, part game, part celebration, the performance engages children in deeply human stories of friendship, play, giving, receiving, sharing and understanding.

Especially on Birthdays 30s Promo from Dave Brown on Vimeo.

The PaperBoats Project is an international partnership platform pioneering new ways of connecting and creating in the process of developing new theatre works for children. Australian and Singaporean performer/makers Stephen Noonan and Katrina Lazaroff and Bright Ong and Hui Xuan Seong will rehearse together in Adelaide before presenting to local audiences.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory group, the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia and Country Arts SA and the City of Marion Council through the Marion Cultural Centre.

The Mount Gambier Residency Project is an opportunity to have a more hands on experience with the project. Check out the guide for more information on the Especially on Birthdays residency here.  

Residency Information

Artwork workshops are also available with artist and educator Deb Rogers. Deb is working with The PaperBoats to develop children’s art for a foyer exhibition at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre during the performance season of Especially on Birthdays in March-April. Find out more here. 

Artwork Workshops Information

We invite educators, parents, grandparents and carers to join The PaperBoats Explorer Community and receive invitations to free ‘trial’ performances, discounted preview performances, residencies and professional development opportunities.

Expressions of interest to [email protected]

Especially on Birthdays is supported by

Sera Waters: Domestic Arts
  • Visual Arts

Sera Waters: Domestic Arts

11th September 2021 — 31st October 2021

This exhibition subverts and unravels the baggage-laden yet wondrous category of making once labelled ‘domestic arts’

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