Especially on Birthdays

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1 Venue

The Shed Rehearsal Theatre

The Shed Rehearsal Theatre, Rear Warehouse; 408 Goodwood Rd, Cumberland Park, South Australia, 5041

Access via lane way off of Avenue Road during normal Business hours. Goodwood road Entrance is ONLY available after 6pm on Week days and all day on Weekends

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Age Suitability:


Ideal Age Range:

3 years to 10 years

Family Friendly:


  • 2021 Weekly Award Winner

About this event

A wildly imaginative image-theatre performance for 3-10 year olds and families, Especially on Birthdays recreates all the joys, excitement and concerns of a pair of twins and a birthday that one of them doesn't want to have. Presented by The PaperBoats, winner of Adelaide Fringe Award 2020 - Best Children's Event.

"Children are arguably a much tougher audience than adults, but the joy in The Space Theatre at The Festival Centre was palpable for every minute of the 45 minute performance of Especially on Birthdays. Other than chortling and belly laughs from the multi-aged audience, you could hear a pin drop. No wriggling, no chattering, no interruptions. Only the sound of the excited intake of breath as the audience waited for the next piece of enchantment." Jude Hines - Review

Presented by:
The PaperBoats

The PaperBoats is an international partnership platform for theatre-makers founded by Dave Brown after completing 20 years as Artistic Director of Patch Theatre. "Especially on Birthdays" is the first international co-creation of The PaperBoats and was presented in Singapore and the United States after premiering at the Commonwealth Games Arts Festival on the Gold Coast in 2018 with a multinational cast.

The PaperBoats' second international co-creation, "When the Mirror Bird Sings" won the Adelaide Fringe 2020 Award for Best Children's Theatre.


  • “Children are arguably a much tougher audience than adults, but the joy in The Space Theatre was palpable for every minute of the performance” - Jude Jines, Stage Whispers

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