The beguiling story of Ruby, a little girl who may not believe in fairytales but who certainly believes in wishes.
Confined to a hospital bed for much of her childhood, little Ruby has had to grow up far too fast, and confront too much. But when she is visited by Dot, a tongue-tied clown doctor, she finds a way to use her greatest asset: her imagination.
With exquisite puppetry, in a tale forged of fantasy and reality, Ruby’s Wish is a pocket-sized bundle of charm for all ages. As we watch the two misfits—ailing child and awkward clown—create their fantasy world of mop monsters, bed caves and imaginary paper friends, we are drawn into Ruby’s bittersweet life – and come to see that imagination can make almost anything come true.
Holly Austin as Dot, aka Dr Audio, with Ruby in Ruby's Wish. Photo: Steven Siewert
Theatre production Ruby's Wish mixes people with puppets and true stories with false.
"When puppets are incorporated with play-based learning, children retain knowledge more effectively. The puppets then become tools for sharing or retelling what they have learned and observed."
"They explore the arts and learn how artworks can represent the world and that they can make artworks to represent their ideas about the world."
Explores a major theme in the performance - Imagination: Real or Make Believe
These lesson plans (although created for the US curriculum) are adaptable for Australian primary classrooms, Ruby's Wish is perfect as the stimulus to explore creative thinking.