Hijabi Girl: A Musical Puppet Show – COMING POST COVID-19

Hijabi Girl is a children’s book for ages 7-9 that Larrikin Puppets is transforming into a musical theatre performance for schools featuring puppets.

Image credit and puppet build: The Puppet Creation Lab and Puppet Tribe.

Larrikin Puppets will be bringing these children’s voices to life after the COVID-19 pandemic, transforming the written word into a fun, musical puppet show that will shine a spotlight on much-needed, multicultural themes around diversity, identity, anti-bullying and creative problem solving to children in schools across Australia.

Co-authored by prolific Australian author Hazel Edwards OAM and children’s librarian Ozge Alkan, and illustrated by Serena Geddes (pictured below), Hijabi Girl is a refreshing look at the diverse mix of cultures within most Australian schools.

Hijabi Girl: A Musical Puppet Show - Celebrating Multiculturalism Australia Theatre

With themes around diversity, identity, anti-bullying and creative problem solving that align with Australia’s Intercultural Understanding school curriculum, Hijabi Girl: A Musical Puppet Show is a celebration of multicultural Australia, and a statement about acceptance and coping successfully with being different.

Featuring age relevant puppets, music and songs for 7-9 year olds, Larrikin Puppets will transform the Hijabi Girl storybook into a visual extravaganza using 21 spectacular human puppets, fish puppets, pencil puppets and food puppets in the style of The Muppets & Fraggle Rock as well as Larrikin Puppets’ first foray into black light (UV) puppetry.

Puppet build: Feriana Tiarnida / Puppetaria.

8 year old Melek always finds answers. Some are under her super hijab. For others she needs the help of newcomer Tien (who draws fantastic worlds as an escape), dress-ups-guru Lily and even soccer-mad Zac (who NEVER agrees with her). Melek wants to start her own Aussie Rules girls’ football team.

Unable to find a book character in a hijab for the Book Parade, Melek writes her own, with illustrations by awesome Tien.

Melek solves all problems, even rescuing Zac in the pool. And luckily her fashionista mother designs club colour-coded hijabs for footy fans.

Puppet build: Katherine Hannaford.

Elissa herself is ‘Multicultural Australia’. As a first generation Australian of Italian and British descent, she’s enthusiastic about ensuring each new wave of migrants and refugees is welcomed into Australia in the same way her parents and grandparents were, but with less challenges rather than more. Elissa believes food is a great equaliser – and that’s the passion behind creating a rice paper roll puppet and a kebab puppet.

Opening night

While Hijabi Girl: A Musical Puppet Show has been created for schools as a touring puppet show for students in Years 2, 3 and 4, we will be presenting a special opening night show in a Brisbane theatre where 50% of every ticket will go to Democracy In Colour.

Book a school performance

$2500 per show. Discount for multiple shows in the same location. Enquiries welcome from schools located in South-East Queensland, Northern New South Wales and Regional Queensland. Contact Artour for details.

Book a theatre performance

$2500 per show. You set the ticket price according to your theatre size. Bulk discounts available for multiple shows in the same location. Great for school visits! Enquiries welcome from theatres located in South-East Queensland, Northern New South Wales and Regional Queensland. For more details visit Artour.

Requirements of performance space:

  • Ideally a darkened school theatre with stage lighting. Note, we can adapt and perform in a daylit school hall. However, the puppet show and UV black light puppetry will be enhanced by stage lighting.
  • Stage or performance space that’s at least 6m long (along the front of stage) and 4m deep (from front to back of stage).
  • Ideally the height of the stage or performance space should be at least 3m. Note, we can adapt and perform with a height of 2m. However, the puppet show and UV black light puppetry will be enhanced by having more height.
  • For schools, if sound and stage lighting is available, we would appreciate the support of a teacher or student – trained in sound and lighting – to manage the sound and lighting, with a 20 minute rehearsal opportunity prior to the show.
  • For theatres, we will require the services of your inhouse sound and lighting technician, with a 20 minute rehearsal opportunity prior to the show.

Contact us directly or Artour to discuss bringing Hijabi Girl: A Musical Puppet Show to your school or theatre.

Crowdfunding thanks

Thank you very much to the following wonderful people who donated to our crowd funder and earned a web link back:
Only With You Photography
Blank Gold Coast
Tash and Dave Hayes
Tobias Crush
James Marshall – Pubbets

It was amazing to raise $8,321 to help fund new puppet and set builds and exceed our crowdfunding goal. Thanks to all the amazing people who donated and earned a social media video shoutout! Check out our video playlist of puppet shoutouts.