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Ensemble Offspring’s Blinky Bill

June 29, 2017 | 12:00pm July 1, 2017 | 12:00pm

Featuring old-fashioned colonial folk tunes, contemporary sounds of the Australian landscape, interactive moments, songs and narrated excerpts from the bush classic, Blinky Bill.

In a special premiere, Ensemble Offspring are joined by Georgia Adamson (CDP’s Snugglepot & Cuddlepie), to bring Dorothy Wall’s classic children’s tale Blinky Bill to life. As Blinky Bill goes on his adventures with his friends Nutsy, Splodge, Flap, Marcia and Mr Wombat, hear a fascinating array of undiscovered sounds. Kids can bring along their own homemade percussion instrument to join in during the show! Suitable for children aged 2 – 7 and their families.

Concept creator: Claire Edwardes


“And the music … was not nursery rhyme fare but contemporary classical music by great Australian composers … What a clever way to expose the young to the delights of such music. It was all simply accepted as part of the Blinky Bill story and that was perfect.”

Ian McLean – Canberra City News


Date & Time

29 June – 1 July 2017


Excerpts from:
Elena Kats-Chernin – Butterflying (2003)
Ann Boyd – Kakan (1984)
Ross Edwards – Marimba Dances (1982), Binyang (1996)
Margaret Sutherland – Clarinet Sonata (1949)
Matthew Hindson – Nintendo Music (2005)
Mark Pollard – Just a Moment 
Percy Grainger – Gumsucker’s March (1916)


Georgia Adamson (narrator)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Zubin Kanga (piano)

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Ensemble Offspring’s Blinky Bill