Curious creatures, wild minds

THE show must go on – even if there is social distancing required.

For the past 10 years, Steve Dwyer and Melesa Eldred have been keeping the fun of Book Week alive by putting on performances for young children at libraries and schools around the shire.

This Saturday, October 17, that tradition continues – weather permitting – with two performances of Curious Creatures, Wild Minds at the Wedge, Sale, from 11am and 1pm, albeit with a few minor changes to the set-up.

In line with COVID requirements the show will be on an outdoor stage, performing to a maximum of 50 audience members.

Steve said the show would still feature nine books that have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Award, scripted into a funny, slapstick-style sketch that was aimed at turning young viewers into young readers.

Melesa said the children from previous performances loved to see Steve hamming it up on stage, and there was always a lot of laughter.

“We should call it the Steve Show, because Steve’s always a bit naughty – and the kids love it,” she said.

“I’m the straight guy whose always got to keep things on track.”

Steve said the audience numbers had grown over the years, with many families making it a must on their calendar.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” he said.

“I’ve had teenagers come up to me years later and tell me Book Week was the best week of school.”

Tickets for both shows this Saturday have been booked out. Tickets are still available for the Halloween shows on October 31 through The Wedge.

Children are encouraged to dress up for the shows.