Age Recommendation: 2+

Playing the Piano and Reading to My Cat by Clare McFadden

Dektor is a big cat who lives with a small boy in a normal sized flat.

About the story

Have a look at the drawings and see if you can spot the picture that inspired this story! It is a beautiful drawing and description of how a boy enjoyed hanging out with his cat during the lockdown. He wasn’t the only one - lots of children seemed to relish the time spent with their furry companions.

Credits

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

Writer: Clare McFadden
Read by: Roxanne McDonald
Sound Designer: Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers
Director: Bridget Boyle

Abby – Age 11

Abby – Age 11

More flying cats

Ashlyn – Age 10

Ashlyn – Age 10

This is set in Brisbane, just on a normal street. It’s a picture of people getting outdoors, opening their windows..going for walks..random Brisbane-ers. Everyone is being active, being away from their screens where they have spent so much of their time these couple of months. I hope that is will be our future in Brisbane...yeah, cause we really haven’t recovered from COVID fully.

Eloise – Age 8

Eloise – Age 8

COVID-19 game me time to spend with my doggo.

Emma – Age 11

Emma – Age 11

Homeschooling meant I learnt how to use a computer, choose how I work & spend time with my dog. I missed my friends.

Anon

Anon

Aliens

Lily – Age 10

Lily – Age 10

I missed the country side so much! In my imagination I'm there with my cat (my dearest companion) and my soccer ball day dreaming. In the sky, there are clouds shaped as butterflies and flowers.

Michael – Age 8

Michael – Age 8

COVID-19 gave me time for playing my piano and reading with my cat.

Nina – Age 10

Nina – Age 10

We need more dogs, because dogs are cute.

#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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