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by | Jul 25, 2022 | Community, Social

Book Week tale a highlight of Butterbox Theatre’s opening chapter 

Budding bookworms will witness a novel come to life next month, as Book Week 2022  is celebrated at the City of Logan’s new Butterbox Theatre. 

The musical puppet show Hijabi Girl, performed by Larrikin Puppets, will be a colourful  and exciting introduction to the venue for local school children on August 23 and 24. 

Set in an Australian school during Book Week, the show shares important messages  about creative expression, problem solving and social inclusion. 

Hijabi Girl is based on the 2016 children’s novel of the same name by Australian  authors Hazel Edwards and Ozge Alkan. 

City Lifestyle Chair, Councilor Laurie Koranski, says the show is among the  highlights of the Butterbox Theatre’s opening season. 

“This is the start of an exciting new chapter for our city, as we look forward to stories  from both near and far being told in this brilliant performance space.” 

 

“We welcome young story lovers to our Butterbox Theatre during Book Week, for an  experience that will hopefully inspire a lifelong love of storytelling in all its forms.” 

The City of Logan performance of Hijabi Girl will be the show’s live debut. 

Division 2 Councilor Teresa Lane says the touching schoolyard story will resonate  with many local families. 

“Cultural diversity is championed and celebrated in the City of Logan and this is  another teaching tool for parents to have conversations around cultural diversity.” 

 

Hijabi Girl is an upbeat tale about friendship and fairness, and I cannot think of a more  fitting venue for it to be transported from the page to the stage.” 

Hijabi Girl co-author Ozge Alkan, who wears a hijab, says it’s ‘an absolute treat’ to  have the story brought to life by the popular Larrikin Puppets team. 

She says the unique production, which also features ultra-violet puppetry, is a lively  and memorable retelling of the story’s central themes.

“We have four different (main) characters, with four different personalities and ethnic  backgrounds and, of course, the idea is that in at least one of them, or more of them,  the kids will see themselves.” 

 

“Kids have seen themselves represented on television but there is something super  special about a live (performance) that you see happen in front of your eyes.” 

The co-authors and book illustrator Serena Geddes will attend a premiere performance of Hijabi Girl on Tuesday, August 23 for a Q&A session with the  audience. 

Ms Edwards, who is well known for her popular children’s book, There’s a  Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, will also attend the Wednesday, August 24 performance. 

Tickets to Hijabi Girl are available at loganarts.com.au 

 

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