Music Book

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Teacup – One Boy’s Story.

Music Book presents a new multi-artform work, suitable for all ages, based on Rebecca Young’s award-winning picture book, ‘Teacup’, with music and artwork by Matt Ottley.

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TEACUP – One Boy’s Story is proudly supported by City of Perth

Teacup is an allegorical story which explores themes of migration and displacement, depicting a boy who has to leave his homeland, bringing with him only a few possessions. He sets off to sea in a small boat, carrying a teacup that holds earth from where he used to play. This is one boy’s story of loss and grief, love and joy, adventure and magic.

Surrounded by the State Library of WA’s exhibition of Matt Ottley’s original oil paintings which were used as illustrations for Teacup, the world premiere production combines evocative music, projected images, narration, and song. Ottley’s artwork is stunningly beautiful, at times depicting peaceful blue oceans, reflective seas that hide an incredible array of life, and at other times the dark drama of threatening storms.

Directed by Danny Parker and featuring Lark Chamber Opera’s soprano, Emma Jayakumar, the production uses Ottley’s new music with a film of his artwork to add another dimension to this poignant story, bringing it to life on the big screen.
Matt Ottley is a multi-award-winning writer and illustrator having over 30 picture books published. As a composer, Ottley wrote the music for Danny Parker’s books Tree and Parachute, in the collaboration called The Sound Of Picture Books which has been performed to over 6000 WA students.
Rebecca Young’s picture book Teacup has been extremely successful, being shortlisted in a number of awards and winning the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature in 2016. It is published in five other countries besides Australia.

The State Library is an accessible venue, situated in the heart of Perth’s Cultural Centre with easy access to public transport and parking. Teacup performances will have a multi-sensory appeal and two of the performances will use Auslan Interpreters. The world premiere performances are suitable for families and free of charge, to ensure the production is accessible and affordable.
There are seven free performances of Teacup -One Boy’s Story scheduled for performance in the State Library of WA’s exhibition space –
Friday 27 Jan – 2.30pm
Saturday 28 Jan – 10.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm
Sunday 29 Jan – 10.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm
Your donation will help Music Book create and mount this extraordinary new Australian work as a successful, high-quality all ages production – one that will be performed many times in the future.

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Music Book Stories Inc. (Music Book) is a not for profit organisation, passionate about books, art and music for young people.

We are an innovative ensemble which combines live music with literature through storytelling, dance, song, rhyme and movement.

Our aim is to inspire children to get excited about books, to enjoy and appreciate art and music while they explore imaginary worlds in a relaxed and fun environment.

We use music from many composers to accompany our picture books, including Ibert, Popper, Bridge, Prokofiev, Part, Shostakovich, Tchaikowsky, Saint Saens and Beethoven.

We are also committed to using music by, and actively seek collaboration from, Australian composers.

For example, we have collaborated with Perth soprano-composer Emma Jayakumar, founder of Lark Chamber Opera, who has composed, arranged and performed with us.

We are planning an exciting collaboration with multi award winning illustrator-composer-musician Matt Ottley for 2017.

Music Book uses professional, highly trained musicians and narrators who have experience working with, and educating, children; and perform regularly in concert.

Music Book have performed in many locations in Perth, including The State Library of WA, in schools and community centres, and would love to tour to regional areas in the future.


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Kim Le


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