|Co-production||HANDSPAN THEATRE & the KOORI HEALTH UNIT VICTORIA|
|Melbourne metropolitan community venue|
THE KANGAROO TALE was a theatre-in-education work devised for touring to Victorian indigenous communities.
In 1994 Handspan Theatre was approached by the Koori Health Unit and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Unit to create a production for children on the subject of sexual health, sexual activity, relationships and parenting.
Bronwyn Kaaden, Joanne Dwyer and Peter Walker from the Koorie Health Unit pitched their ideas to Michele Spooner, Rod Primrose and Mary Sutherland at Handspan. Inspired by Handspan's 1989 sex education production, We Repeat Ourselves, both with its success as a theatrical work, and its outcomes for young adolescent audiences. They proposed that the company:
THE KANGAROO TALE (originally titled Bonkers) was devised for the younger 6 - 12 year old primary school age group. Its story combined Koori culture, history and beliefs with a holistic approach to sex education. Performed by actors from the Koori Health Unit and Handspan puppeteers, a story-teller/narrator invited the audience to join the wise owl, the boisterous cocky, the puppet children and an ancestral Rock - to go on an adventure of discovery and through Kangaroo, learn the ”magic” of conception and birth.
The production was supported by the Commonwealth's Special Funding program for AIDS/STD initiatives in Victoria's Koori communities as well as the Victorian Aboriginal health Service which set up state-wide touring locations in indigenous communities.
|Puppet Maker||Rod Primrose.|
|Koorie Health Unit||Bronwyn Kaaden|
|13 February - 3 March||Community venues Victoria: Dandenong, Fitzroy, Morwell, Bairnsdale, Lake Tyers, Mooroopna/Shepparton, Echuca, Swan Hill, Robinvale, Sunraysia region, Bendigo, Ballarat, Heywood, Warnambool, Melbourne University & Geelong.|
|1 March||Preview performances (X 2) Handspan Theatre Studio, Jesse St, Richmond|
|March||Glenroy KODE Campus, Wathaurong Aboriginal Commmunity Geelong & Community venues Victoria: Fitzroy, Morwell, Bairnsdale, Bendigo, Echuca, Cummerangunja, Mooroopna, Wodonga, Swan Hill, Robinvale, Mildura, Horsham, Heywood|
|Total performances||13 (1996 only)|
|Total audience||650 (1996 only)|