A Little Bit of Blue image with puppet and 'wanted' sign.

A Little Bit of Blue


Fri 12 Apr 2024


Performances 10.30 am & 1.00 pm
Workshop 11.30 am (Workshop Sold Out)


Performance 45 minutes, workshop 1 hour


Family friendly

A detective story, told with puppetry, where you help solve the case.

A Little Bit of Blue is an interactive environmental detective story, told with puppetry. As well as unravelling a mystery, it involves learning about the unique habits of an extraordinary Australian animal, the Satin Bowerbird, and their fascination for the colour blue. It is a fun frolicking mix of Detective Noir, slapstick, with some interesting facts thrown in.

Mavis’s world is turned upside-down by small disappearances. Something has gone missing and is nowhere to be found. Mrs Hooley has been looking everywhere. But it’s not just today. Every day a new thing seems to disappear. Little things. A $10 note. Clothes pegs. A ball of wool. It’s troubling at first, but the thief then takes it one step too far.
Mavis calls in a Detective to investigate.  The Detective, Harry McGee, an adorable fool, makes a mess of the investigation, and the children love always being one step of ahead of him. They set a trap for the burglar. A stake out is required. In the dead of night, and the Detective indeed finds something peculiar.... The children’s role is to help him solve the case.

Jenny Ellis, a puppeteer of more than twenty years, weaves the whole mystery together, sometimes playing three characters at once. The young audience will gasp with surprise, sigh with the sadness, shout in outrage, cheer with triumph, and dance with joy as they follow the sneaky bowerbird on his journey to find love.

This show is recommended for young children aged 3 to 10-years-old. 
Content warning: Coloured disco lighting effects


Scrunch, rip, twist, tear! How many things can you do with a piece of paper? 

To compliment the A Little Bit of Blue performance, Little Wing Puppets will be holding a workshop based on Bunraku-style puppetry. This is a traditional Japanese form of theatre which involves multiple puppeteers working closely together to operate one puppet. 

Workshop participants will start by making a unique puppet out of paper. They will then learn techniques for bringing their puppet to life, either as individuals or as a team. Each group will work on short performances which are presented to the group. Participants will leave the workshop with a range of performance skills, which can be applied to any kind of puppetry.  

The workshop is recommended for ages 3+. Parents and carers are encouraged to participate. Children ages 6 years and under need to be accompanied by an adult. 



Friday 12 April 2024

Workshop - SOLD OUT

Friday 12 April 2024

10.30 am & 1.00 pm

11.30 am



Performance tickets $8.00
Workshop $5.00 (SOLD OUT)

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