Pinocchio – Malthouse Theatre

I was lucky enough to go to the opening night of Pinocchio at the Malthouse. It was different because it was a modern day Pinocchio adapted from the original story with groovy music. I was pleasantly surprised as I thought it might be targeted to a younger audience. So do not be put off by thinking Pinocchio is for young children. This musical most definitely has a wide appeal. Click here to see a Pinocchio trailer.

I had many favourite parts of the play. I was impressed with the way Pinocchio was built and the way his nose grew. I also really liked the cricket. He was a puppet and the puppeteer had a great sense of humour. He also entertained us at interval. The set was awesome. I also loved how there was only one set used differently. It showed that you don’t need lots of different sets to tell a story, you just need imagination.

The playwright Julianne O’Brien, wrote the play bringing the story up to date. This combined with the music by Jethro Woodward and the direction of Rosemary Myers made for a very entertaining play.  I thoroughly enjoyed the production. The play was true to the storyline and the music added an extra element.

My brother attended as well. He is only 5 and loved it too. Therefore I would say this is definitly a play for all the family. I highly recommend this for ages 5+. Pinocchio is showing from 6-28 September, time for me to go again! Great activity for the school holidays, book now. There will be a Crafternoon at the Malthouse with craft activities, puppetry and music on the 22 Sept.


Hatched by Asphyxia – Book Review

Hatched is the first book of the Grimstones story by Asphyxia. This book is based on the Hatched play. If you are unfamiliar with The Grimstones it is a Gothic Fairytale and you can look at my reviews of the plays Hatched and Mortimer Revealed. The book was the same as the play but in greater detail. The book is a combination of a picture book and novel. The book is actually Martha’s Diary and you can see where she has drawn pictures and stuck in photos.

Martha wants to become ‘Lady Martha the Magnificent.’ She is not sure how, but experiments with sewing however her favourite room of the house is Grandpa Grimstones apothecary. I am not going to reveal all Martha’s diary secrets here.

I read the book in a day because I couldn’t put it down. The book was EXCELLENT! I recommend the story for 7+ (even mum loved this story). I can’t wait to read Mortimer Revealed (Book #2).

I went to a book reading of Hatched at Readings in Carlton last week. I enjoyed it. Here is a picture of me with Asphyxia signing my copy of Mortimer Revealed. Stay tuned for a book review on Mortimer Revealed coming soon.


Hatched is the first story of the Grimstones by Asphyxia. Now I’ve seen the whole  Grimstones series it makes more sence to me. Now I know why Crumpet has 3 legs and had a tuft of hair when he  was born. The  tuft of hair meant that Crumpet was magic. The Grimstones is a gothic fairytale, told by marionettes. There were two people Asphyxia and Paula who controlled the marionettes. Since Asphyxia is deaf she signed and Paula tells the story.

In Hatched, Martha created her brother in Elcho’s (Grandpa Grimstones) apothecary. When she was making a spell for a baby she spilt extra drops of one ingredient. Martha put the egg in a safe spot in Mama’s sewing room. She watched the egg grow and it soon hatched. Crumpet was born. Crumpet was born with an extra leg because of the extra drop.

I think Hatched is suitable for ages 5+. I loved this play just as much as Mortimer Revealed. It is magical. Asphyxia please, please keep writing more Grimstones tales.

Martha and Crumpet

Martha and Crumpet

A Little Bit of Blue: The Mystery

I went to A Little Bit of Blue with my brother and dad. A Little Bit of Blue was a puppet show at Artplay. It was about a bowerbird who took blue things from a grandma. The bower bird collects blue things to put his nest, then does a dance to attract a female bird. If he does not impress that female bowerbird he has to find another female bowerbird.

I liked the way each of the 7 characters had a different voice done by the solo artist.  I recommend this for children aged 2-9.


Mortimer Revealed

Mortimer Revealed is the latest Grimstone story. The Grimstones is a gothic fairytale, told by marionettes. There were two people Asphyxia and Paula who controlled the marionettes. Asphyxia, who is a deaf artist, wrote the story and made the marionettes and the stage props. The marionettes and props are beautiful. The props were like big books carried on to the stage. The books contained the scenes. Asphyxia signed and Paula translated the story.

Paula and Asphyxia









Martha was curious about her father’s death. No one would talk about his death. Martha asked her brother, Crumpet who had magic powers, if he could unleash the mystery behind the death of her father.

The Grimstone Family










The movement of the marionettes was expressive and didn’t need many words to explain the story. If you want to take a little sneak peak at the story click here. 

Martha and Crumpet Grimstone

After the show we were able to ask questions. I learned that Asphyxia is turning the Grimstones into story books. I can’t wait until they are released next year. I really enjoyed this show at Artplay. This is one of my most favourite things I have seen at Artplay this year!

Piano Boat

I went to Artplay for the Piano Boat shadow puppet workshop. We made giant puppets from cardboard. These were attached to our backs and we were part of the puppet. String attached to the mouth of the puppet, the arms and legs were ours.

In groups of 2 we made our own puppet shows. I enjoyed watching everyones puppet show.