Age Recommendation: 2+

Grandma's Dance by Clare McFadden

A Wishful Bedtime Story

Gee misses Grandma and their dance parties when the perfect gift arrives.

About the story

This story was inspired by pictures that illustrated how young people were missing being able to see (and hug!) not just their grandparents but other special people in their life - friends, cousins and much-loved teachers. We wanted to tell a story about creative ways that people had tried to keep connected in these disconnected times. Listen out for the wonderful voice of Roxanne McDonald making a special appearance as Grandma! When we recorded Roxy’s voice, she told us wonderful stories of growing up on Stradbroke Island, watching her Aunties dancing and grooving to Motown music, just like Grandma in the story.

Scroll down to see some of the submissions that inspired this story!

Credits

Acknowledgement of country spoken by Shannon Ruska with Yuan and Marawa Ruska

Writer: Clare McFadden
Narrator: Chenoa Deemal
Mum: Chenoa Deemal
Dad: Lucas Proudfoot
Postie: Lucas Proudfoot
Assunta: Margi Brown Ash
Gee: Charlize O’Chin
Grandma: Roxanne McDonald
Sound Designer: Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers
Director: Bridget Boyle

Alice – Age 10

Alice – Age 10

Audreyah – Age 8

Audreyah – Age 8

I miss going swimming because it is my favourite hobby

Bella – Age 5

Bella – Age 5

I missed going out for ice cream

Codey – Age 8

Codey – Age 8

I want to go to the Ekka

Cormac – Age 5

Cormac – Age 5

I loved being able to go to the Drive-In movie to see "Babe"

Daisy – Age 5

Daisy – Age 5

I missed being at school with Miss Delbridge and Mrs Gall

Edward – Age 5

Edward – Age 5

I missed having fun on the swing at the park. I like going high.

Eliza – Age 5

Eliza – Age 5

I wish for the parks to reopen because there is fun equipment to play on with my family

Elodie – Age 8

Elodie – Age 8

I'm bored, it's because I miss my Nana

George – Age  5

George – Age 5

I missed my friend Harper, she is my best friend and she gives the best hugs!

Harper – Age 6

Harper – Age 6

I missed my best friend George. We love to play Puppy Palace together.

Harrison – Age 6

Harrison – Age 6

I missed playing sport and doing fun things with my friends

Harry – Age 5

Harry – Age 5

I liked being able to play with my dad at home

Anon

Anon

Iris – Age 10

Iris – Age 10

My drawings are from my imagination and have missed seeing my friends. And the reason is we are blocked and can't see each other.

Jaala – Age 9

Jaala – Age 9

Lots of things changed for us this year, it was good that we all went through these things together

Jasmine – Age 4

Jasmine – Age 4

I miss grandma and granddad. They couldn't come to our house for a while because of germs.

Josie – Age 5

Josie – Age 5

I missed my teachers Miss Delbridge and Mrs Gall because they give the best hugs.

Lachlan – Age 5

Lachlan – Age 5

I missed my teachers Miss Delbridge and Mrs Gall, because I love to learn with them.

Liam – Age 6

Liam – Age 6

I missed going out for mint ice-cream.

Lorelei – Age 5

Lorelei – Age 5

I missed the slide at the park

Louis – Age 5

Louis – Age 5

I missed Miss Delbridge when I was learning from home

Marlaw – Age 3

Marlaw – Age 3

During the virus holiday I couldn't see my family and friends. I couldn't cuddle them. It made me feel sad.

Naoise – Age 11

Naoise – Age 11

A reflection in someone's eye about the goods and bads of COVID-19. The grey side has things we miss going in a bin. The coloured side has a bin spilling out with the things we got.

Oscar – Age 5

Oscar – Age 5

I missed my teachers Miss Delbridge and Mrs Gall. I love to learn with them.

Sandy – Age 3

Sandy – Age 3

I miss my cousins. I want to hug them and play with them.

Sethma – Age 11

Sethma – Age 11

No fete. No movie. No friends. No fun. Everything had to come to a pause, but the virus just kept replicating.

Sienna – Age 5

Sienna – Age 5

I miss seeing miss Delbridge and Mrs Gall at school.

Victoria – Age 8

Victoria – Age 8

I haven't been able to see my cousins for three years and we couldn't see them this year because of COVID!

William – Age 5

William – Age 5

I missed the planes at the airport and getting on a plane to have the food

Zelmari – Age 10

Zelmari – Age 10

Rivers were running down my cheeks. I wanted to go back to school and I missed my friends.

#Wishful Bedtime Stories

Company Statement

2020 has been difficult for all of us and so developing Wishful Bedtime Stories this year was especially meaningful for the creative team. As artists, creating a work virtually, via emails and online meetings, posed new challenges—there was the danger of feeling isolated and disconnected. But initial concerns about being distanced from each other and our audience faded when we set eyes on the stories and art submitted by children in Brisbane. Here, in beautiful, colourful detail, was all of the uncertainty and fear, yet also the hope and humour, of the COVID experience. Receiving the work was inspiring, and we wanted to honour the children’s experiences of the pandemic in an authentic way. 

Although the stories are somewhat universal, we also wanted them to settle inside the specificities of the Brisbane experience—with many of the most interesting ideas coming directly from the children’s stories and art. A big thank you to all the children who submitted work—we literally could not have done it without you! 

We sincerely hope you enjoy these Wishful Bedtimes Stories. We dedicate them to all of the grandparent visits missed, the sport games cancelled, the hours of video games played, and all of the pets that were overjoyed to be by our side. 

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