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Beyond the Bale : March 2014
49 ON-FARM March 2014 BEYOND THE BALE Pete the Sheep – the musical! Abrand-new 50-minute musical Pete the Sheep – performed by Monkey Baa Theatre Company and based on Jackie French and Bruce Whatley’s quirky and quintessentially Australian picture book – will premiere in Sydney for a month from 29 March. It will then tour across every state of Australia to 54 rural, regional and metropolitan venues, from Geraldton in the west to Armidale in the east, until November. This truly timeless ‘Ocker’ tale will delight young people agedfrom4to9 and their families. Pete the Sheep will be imaginatively told by actors playing shearers, dogs and sheep. The tale delves into the quirks of rural life, and explores the challenges and rewards of being an individual. The audience meets Shaun, the new sheep shearer in ‘Shaggy Gully’. Since shearing is such hard work, all the other shearers have sheep dogs to help them, but not Shaun. He has Pete, a sheep-sheep. The other shearers in the shed are not happy with Shaun and his sheep-sheep. Following rejection by the shearers and their dogs, Shaun and Pete set up their own Shearing Salon in town where they are inundated with woolly clients, who delight in Shaun’s styling prowess. AWI is supporting Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s production by supplying fun educational posters and wool for the children to touch and look at. AWI will also be providing a shearing demonstration (with real sheep!) outside the theatre in Sydney on 31 March. More information: For dates and venues visit www.monkeybaa.com.au or phone 02 8624 9340. Exclusive to Beyond the Bale readers, Monkey Baa Theatre Company is offering a $5 discount on its $25 per person tickets to its Sydney season (at Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre in Darling Harbour) when booked online – insert promo code woollypete Cast members of Pete the Sheep getting inspired for the nationwide tour. PHOTO: blueprintstudios.com.au ...A TRULY AUSSIE TALE – DELIGHTFUL, FUNNY, ICONIC, WARM AND HILARIOUSLY OCKER, FROM THE LINGO TO THE NAMES TO THE SHEARERS’ BLUE SINGLETS... KIDS BOOK REVIEW 2011 Producers learning from producers AWI state networks AWI STATE NETWORK COORDINATOR PHONE E-MAIL Bestprac (Pastoral) Pene Keynes 08 8841 4500 firstname.lastname@example.org BESTWOOL/BESTLAMB (Vic) Lyndon Kubeil 03 5761 1649 email@example.com Leading Sheep (Qld) Nicole Sallur 07 4654 4220 firstname.lastname@example.org Sheep Connect NSW Shelly Anderson 02 6391 3954 email@example.com Sheep Connect SA Ian McFarland 08 8226 0428 firstname.lastname@example.org Sheep Connect TAS James Tyson 0409 006 774 email@example.com The Sheep’s Back (WA) Andrew Ritchie 08 9736 1055 firstname.lastname@example.org AWI state networks provide opportunities for producers to get involved in educational and practical programs that focus on making positive changes to production and management practices. The networks are fundamental to: the spread of new ideas; continuing education; and the adoption of best practice. Networks are present in each wool growing state and all woolgrowers are encouraged to get involved. To learn more about how you can get involved, contact the coordinator in your state/region: