Duck, A Show For Children | The Review

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Filing into the intimate Cremorne Theatre, the anticipation was palpable as excited children and carers took their seats.

A lone figure sat on the edge of the stage greeting the audience with a smile and a wave before the lights dimmed, the audience hushed and the show began.  The sound of giggles filled the auditorium which ever so slowly expanded into raucous laughter. The scene for Duck was set.

If you are familiar with the Queensland Performing Arts Complex then you will already know that the pre-show anticipation, the taking of one’s seat, the dimming of the lights, are essential to the experience. Without these things, it would be like a gift without wrapping paper. As a parent (or carer), enjoy this moment, relish in the expectation-free excitement of childhood, because these memories are the ones you will take with you into the future.

A show about friendship

qpac duck production

The world premiere adaption of ‘Duck’, a children’s book by Janet A. Holmes is a heart-warming story about a boy and his best friend and the loving relationship they share. Duck is one of many incredible shows featuring in the Out of the Box Children’s Festival 2018.

Duck is interactive and engaging

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A definite highlight of the show is witnessing the antics of the boy and Duck, beautifully accompanied by the live music featuring a violinist.  When Duck goes missing, young eyes eagerly search the stage for signs of the yellow, fluffy teddy.  Audience members could be heard calling out and pointing to places where they thought Duck might be hiding, in attempt to help the boy locate his favourite, cuddly companion.

Facial expressions, body language and live music dominated throughout the production, with verbal language used sparingly.  As such, the audience eyes were glued to the stage at all times, so as not to miss a minute of this memorable performance.

Duck has a lovely interactive feel to it, involving and engaging, just the way shows for kids should be.

Duck by Janet A.Holmes


Duck, by Janet A.Holmes, illustrated by Jonathon Bentley, is a touching story that is sure to evoke a variety of emotions in youngsters (and even their carers) as the relationship between a boy and his best-friend is explored.  The production has a brilliant way of warming your heart and making you smile, whilst reminiscing over your own relationship with a special childhood toy.

In a world where the days are long and the years are short, it is through books like Duck that we share the moments that matters. Duck instills in our children the importance of friendship, of togetherness, of simply being in the company of another whom you love.

Where can you see Duck?

  • Dates: 4 – 8 June 2019 with shows at 9.30am , 11.30am and 1.30pm
  • Venue: Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Crn Grey St and Melbourne St, South Bank
  • Tickets: Tickets are $19 per person*. (*A one-off service and handling fee may apply.)

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Other things to do while you are at South Bank

  • Head over to the Queensland Museum and check out the free exhibitions year round.
  • Visit the Children’s Centre at The Gallery of Modern Art for more free art based fun
  • Take a citycat ride and see the city from a different perspective
  • Have a picnic in one of the many green spaces across South Bank Parklands and let the kids run free on their choice of two playgrounds.


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