Whimsical and playful children’s theatre at its best!

Monday, 26 May 2014

South Australia’s longest running theatre company for children, Patch Theatre Company, will be performing Mr McGee and the Biting Flea at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre on Friday 6 June at 6.30pm and Saturday 7 June at 11am and 4.30pm.

Six whimsical stories by the award-winning children’s writer, Pamela Allen, are brought to life in this award-winning production.  

Deputy Mayor, Sandra French stated, “Mr McGee & the Biting Flea will delight audiences with its fast-pace, where no imagination is spared. There is no doubt why this show has been a national best seller.”

Prepare to be mesmerized and laugh at the same time with Mr McGee and the Biting Flea. Using an assortment of props and found objects, the three performers bring the stories to sweet, music-infused life while offering powerful connections to the inner lives of children. This wonderful production features adaptations of Pamela Allen’s stories: Mr McGee, Alexander’s Outing, Belinda, Brown Bread and Honey, Mary Elizabeth’s House and Mr McGee and the Biting Flea.

This multi-award winning production has been enchanting children since 2007 and has been performed to over 100,000 children around Australia and the USA. It has won the National Helpmann Award for ‘Best Children’s Presentation’ in 2008, the Adelaide Critics Circle Award for Innovation in 2007 and the Australian Performing Arts Centre’s National Drovers Award for ‘Touring Excellence’ in 2007.

Burnie Arts & Function Centre Performing Arts Coordinator Sarah Reynolds said, “Patch Theatre Company’s production of Mr McGee &the Biting Flea provides a wonderful experience for children emphasising the magic of theatre and the importance of play.” 

Over the past decade Patch Theatre Company has presented nine of its repertoire productions, in more than 27 international seasons, to children’s festivals and venues in the USA, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Japan and New Zealand. Patch also has delivered ten national Playing Australia tours and has presented eight seasons at the Sydney Opera House and nine seasons at Arts Centre, Victoria. 

For further information please contact

Sarah Reynolds
Performing Arts Coordinator
Burnie Arts & Function Centre
03 6430 5786 or 0428 337 800