Book’s life lessons brought to stage

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter

AWARD-winning children’s book Kookoo Kookaburra will come to life at the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre in June with a live performance.

Written by Greg Driese and winner of the 2016 Reader’s Choice Children’s Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards, Kookoo Kookaburra will be performed in Harvey on Thursday, June 1.

Contemporary dance and the didgeridoo are used to tell a tale of friendship and respect, through Aboriginal culture, for an interactive family friendly performance.

Mr Driese is a descendant of the Kamilaroi and Yuwalayaay people of Queensland and New South Wales and performer Leonard Donahue is a descendant from the Djabugay people of far-north Queensland.

Centre manager David Marshall said the story was one of respect and friendship involving Kookoo Kookaburra and his friends.

“Kookoo Kookaburra is respected by his peers in the bush but he gets off the rails a bit and his ego runs away with him,” he said.

“He realises if you give respect, it will come back.”

Before the show, Mr Marshall said there would also be workshops for the kids but the topic was still to be announced.

“We’re hopeful some children will be involved in that as well,” Mr Marshall said.

“It could be a didgeridoo workshop, or a dance workshop or it could be an acting workshop, there’s a lot of options.

“We’re trying to make it as much an event as an actual performance.”

Kookoo Kookaburra is touring WA as part of Shows on the Go, presented by Country Arts WA and Healthway.

While tickets will be available at the door for the 1pm performance on June 1, bookings are encouraged.

To book, contact the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre on 9729 3311.

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