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City of Stonnington Roola Boola Children's art festival
  • Theatre

A little bit of Blue

Performance presented by Little Wing Puppets


Dates & times

Friday 5 July at 10:30am, 1:00pm


40 Minutes


3 - 10 years



Book tickets

A Little Bit of Blue is an interactive detective show for families, told with puppetry. As well as helping to unravel a mystery, the audience will learn about the extraordinary habits of the Australian Satin Bowerbird and why they are so fascinated by the colour blue.

The story begins with strange disappearances from Mrs Mavis Hooley’s home. Little things go missing such as clothes pegs, a teacup, a ball of wool. But then the thief takes it just one step too far and Mavis calls in a Detective to investigate. A stake out is required. In the dead of night, the Detective indeed finds something peculiar. Can the audience help to solve the case?

  • Friday 5 July, 10.30am & 1pm 
  • The Chapel, Chapel Off Chapel
  • Duration: 40 Minutes
  • Ages: 3 – 10 years
  • Tickets: $18
  • Ticket prices are subject to additional transaction fees
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult for all events
  • Performances will not be Auslan interpreted however, they include strong visual content and can be enjoyed by deaf, hard of hearing and ESL audiences


  1. It’s a detective story. 
  2. It’s interactive: the audience has to help solve the case.  
  3. It’s a puppet show. 
  4. Its style is rod-puppetry influenced by Japanese Bunraku, a 300-year-old tradition of puppetry, where the puppets are performed on a table and the puppeteers are visible behind.
  5. It’s appropriate for children aged 3 to 10 years old and also enjoyed by adults. 
  6. It’s about the Satin Bowerbird, a native bird that lives on the east coast of Australia and collects blue objects to put in their nest.
  7. It’s funny.



Little Wing Puppets specialise in original heart-warming puppet shows, full of big ideas and fun and ready to travel to family audiences. Through their performances and workshops, young people are invited to become part of the theatrical experience rather than being simply spectators. The company is committed to environmental education, weaving together stories about our unique natural heritage and in a way that is light-hearted and entertaining. Little Wing Puppets have performed to over 50,000 children across many festivals, theatres, and country halls around Australia and internationally.

Performed by Jenny Ellis
Written by Jenny Ellis & Anne Brooksbank
Directed by Jacob Williams and Clare Batholomew
Music: Kelly Ryall
Puppets and sets: Jenny Ellis & Jeremy Lavender

Image by Jeremy Lavender