Age Recommendation: 8+

Royale by David Burton

Have you ever wondered what your gaming avatars are thinking? How they might be feeling?

About the story

We wondered what would happen if the avatars in the computer games that got a HUGE workout during 2020 could talk and think outside their games? What if Siri questioned her very being?? Multi-player games were a way for kids to connect and we had fun making the sound world of a made-up composite of lots of games.

Credits

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

Writer: David Burton
Star: Lucas Proudfoot
Jinx: Neridah Waters
Jax: Brooke McElligott
Console: Neridah Waters
619: Brooke McElligott
Sound Designer: Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers
Director: Bridget Boyle

Addison – Age 10

Addison – Age 10

I played Fortnite over the holidays I had to be in quarantine.

Adele – Age 10

Adele – Age 10

This drawing describes how I listened to a lot of music and that I had a few friends to talk to.

Amber – Age 11

Amber – Age 11

What my day was like during quarantine. It was boring and I hope we don't go back.

Assem – Age 10

Assem – Age 10

Me playing video games with my firends.

Frankie– Age 6

Frankie– Age 6

My wish is that the virus would go away. So I invented a super duper vacuum cleaner. It sucks up the virus and shoots it into space, where it explodes.

Freya – Age 9

Freya – Age 9

We ride hover boards so we can move faster.

Harper – Age 12

Harper – Age 12

This picture is about how much we have been missing our best mates but we always find a way to catch up!

Harry – Age 9

Harry – Age 9

Zombie Apocalypse

Henry – Age 5

Henry – Age 5

Mia – Age 7

Mia – Age 7

I want to go to see the fireworks.

Anon

Anon

Aliens

Oliver – Age 5

Oliver – Age 5

I loved playing Minecraft with my dad at home.

Riley – Age 9

Riley – Age 9

Ruppit – Age 10

Ruppit – Age 10

A gun that heals

Toby – Age 10

Toby – Age 10

During COVID I was at school for most of the time people were at home. But when we were at home we climbed mountains.

Toby

Toby

When Zombies came

Vaughn – Age 10

Vaughn – Age 10

#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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