who’s a clever monkey then?

Since 1997, our Clever Monkeys (Creative Directors Eva, Sandie and Tim) have been creating inspiring, award-winning theatre for young audiences, taking much-loved Australian stories from bush to coast and across the seas.

In 2015 we started the Clever Monkeys program to support Eva, Sandie and Tim’s work to create amazing new Australian plays for 3-18 year olds, including bringing Li Cunxin’s incredible true life story, The Peasant Prince to the stage. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus 1 program, our Clever Monkeys campaign raised over $115,000 its first year.

As well as financial support, donors nominate up to 4 young people to join our troop of Clever Young Monkeys, who help Tim, Sandie and Eva to create new plays via focus groups, online surveys, backstage tours, play read-throughs, rehearsals with Q&A sessions, Bring-A-Book planning sessions, and becoming Monkey Baa ambassadors in their community.

Our growing troop of Clever Young Monkeys have been contributing to our Creative Development processes of The Peasant Prince and Diary of a Wombat sharing their ideas, giving feedback and even having an impromptu ballet lesson with Li Cunxin!

Now Eva, Sandie and Tim are hard at work creating new plays and they need your help. Your tax-deductible donation will support the creative development of these new Australian works:

  • A powerful story of family, freedom and displacement, Randa Abdel-Fattah’s Where the Streets Had A Name (in partnership with Riverside Theatres Paramatta).
  • Josephine Wants to Dance, his uplifting, humorous tale of a kangaroo’s dream to dance is based on the hugely popular picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Under the expert direction of Jonathan Biggins, Composer Phil Scott and the team that brought Pete the Sheep to the stage, this delightful new musical will celebrate of passion, tenacity and individuality.
  • Terror Bites, a terrifying hour of horror made up of bite-sized tales created from the dark imaginings and playground stories of school students across Australia.
  • An epic, beautiful and compelling realisation of Morris Gleitzman’s critically acclaimed series, Once Then Now, follows our extraordinary young heroes Felix and Zelda from Poland in the Holocaust to Australia’s Black Saturday bush fires.

Donate online here or download your donation form.

Nominate your Clever Young Monkey here.

Contributions to Clever Monkeys start at $100. All our generous donors receive quarterly communications, Clever Monkeys donations of $250 and over are acknowledged on our website and Annual Report, $500 and over on the Monkey Mates sign in our theatre foyer, $1000 and over are invited to choose the play they want to support and are also acknowledged with a sock monkey for each of their Clever Monkeys, displayed in the Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre foyer.

For more information about Clever Monkeys contact our Development Manager, Daria O’Neill on 02 8624 9341 (ext. 7)

We would like to acknowledge the following 2016 Clever Monkeys donors for their generous support:
Kerry Comerford & Mark Thompson*, Darin Cooper Foundation, Herschell Family, Dr Sue-Anne Wallace*, Hare Family, Emma & Angus White*, O’Neill Family, Scott & Rachel Hadfield, Elliot Hyde & Shannan Snowball, Haruna Kawachi, Tim McGarry, Jeremy Miller, Samantha Pirenc, Sandra & Robert Russo, Helen & Stephen Salmon, Jill Standfield
* also Monkey Mates