A partnership between The PaperBoats and Country ArtsSA with support from Arts SA.

The seven colours of the rainbow and the seven notes of the musical scale are used to explore the power of art and creation in an immersive performance where children from the audience are complicit in determining the story’s outcome.

Imogen, our storyteller, imagines StarMan Sam and her imaginings manifest themselves onstage with his arrival.

Even though StarMan Sam doesn’t speak our language, he is able to reveal the amazing possibilities of art and creation that arise when light, colour, music and dance connect.

We discover that the StarMan can only return home to his loved ones when his mission here on earth is complete.

Our audience become key players in his quest to unleash the forces of art and creation by unraveling the mysteries of the seven little wonders.

Director/Conceptualist: Dave Brown
Performer/Theatre-Makers:  Gavin Clarke,  Sarah Brokensha, Anya McKee
Composer: Gavin Clarke
Technical Manager: Bob Weatherly
Lighting Design: Bob Weatherly and Dave Brown
Motion Graphics: Dave Brown
Technical Support: Fay Cakebread
Business Development Manager: Robyn Brown

Suitable for 3-8 year olds.

To get a sense of the show and its origins watch this:

Seven Little Wonders_Promo.mov from Dave Brown on Vimeo.

If you want to delve deeper into the making of this wildly imaginative, visual theatre for 3-8 year olds and families – check out the creative teams wondering – https://7lws.org/

website: https://thepaperboats.org
contact: [email protected]

The PaperBoats is a partnership platform that supports and mentors freelance theatre- makers in creating and presenting lovingly crafted, meticulously rendered, deeply thought- through theatre projects that generate high quality performance outcomes for children and their carers.

The platform was founded by Dave Brown in 2016 after 20 years as Artistic Director of Patch Theatre Company.

The platform divides its energies between:

  • supporting and mentoring artists
  • creating the work
  • building communities of support around our performances
  • providing arts access to geographically disadvantaged communities in regional SA

Country Arts SA has been working closely with Dave Brown and The PaperBoats over the last four years to develop models of regional engagement that are slow-brewing, deep and enduring.

These programs have had a very significant impact on the delivery of arts activity to children across regional South Australia.

There have been two main elements to our strategy:

  • A 4-year “Deep Dive” program (ongoing) of targeted engagement with the early childhood community in Mount Gambier through the delivery of performances, workshops and arts activity to over 1,000 children annually.
  • A “Regional Reach” program of arts engagement through the delivery of free performances by The PaperBoats to 3-8 yr old children in small communities that more than often miss out on opportunities that larger communities take for granted

The following video provides testament to the importance of these tours to small communities. These responses were for The PaperBoats performance, When the Mirror Bird Sings which toured to Mid-North and SE Limestone Coast regional communities performing to over 3,000 children. (Some responses from outa metropolitan small venues and schools in 2020-21 are included)

MirrorBirds Testimonials.mov from Dave Brown on Vimeo.

Seven Little Wonders is supported by

Wild Dog
  • Kids
  • Visual Arts

Wild Dog

15th July 2022

Wild Dog is an immersive installation and exhibition exploring the importance of one of Australia’s most misunderstood but significant cultural symbols – the dingo

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Naomi Hobson: Adolescent Wonderland
  • Visual Arts

Naomi Hobson: Adolescent Wonderland

29th July 2022 — 1st September 2023

Naomi Hobson’s Adolescent Wonderland is a series of photographs that tell the real-life story of young Aboriginal people in remote Australia

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Cynthia Schwertsik: My Name
  • Visual Arts

Cynthia Schwertsik: My Name

3rd August 2022

My Name is an iterative project by Adelaide-based artist Cynthia Schwertsik that responds to and reflects the presence and representation of women across public spaces in regional South Australia.

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