Council presents first in series of children's theatre productions

Date published: 3 April 2017

Townsville City Council’s children’s theatre season kicks off this Friday with a whimsical world that’s brought to life in Emily Loves to Bounce at the Civic Theatre, April 7 and 8.

The critically acclaimed Patch Theatre Company production is a highly visual show incorporating evocative design, virtuosic music and just a little theatre magic, for family audiences these school holidays.

Children and parents will follow carefree Henry, practical Amy and a ball named Emily as they turn the world upside down and right way round, and learn that working together in spite of their differences brings out the best in everyone.

Patch Theatre’s artistic director Naomi Edwards said the production was full of humour, wonderful music and a colourful set.

“Not being a straight adaptation of the three books allows for this production to deliver a richer experience because kids can make their own connections with the characters and draw their own meaning from the stories,” she said.

“At its heart Emily Loves to Bounce is about forming friendships and learning how to get along with each other – so it’s best seen as a family or in a group of playmates.

“Our aim is to inspire imagination and conversation, long after you’ve left the theatre.”

Community and Cultural Development Committee chair Cr Colleen Doyle said most shows in the Children’s Theatre program were accompanied by a comprehensive teacher resource pack for schools.

“These shows also feature education programs, workshops and question and answer time, so that students gain an understanding of what, why and how things are done,” Cr Doyle said.

“We have a number of exciting children’s shows this year and I invite schools and families to come along to see what’s on offer at the Civic Theatre and Riverway Arts Centre throughout the year.”

For the full program of shows in 2017 visit

Emily Loves to Bounce will be at the Townsville Civic Theatre April 7 at 6.30pm and April 8 at 10.30am. Tickets are $15 per person. The show is recommended for ages four to eight.

To book visit or phone 4727 9797.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.