Age Recommendation: 8+

The Magical Lockdown House by David Burton

Nikki stumbles into a strange and magical land

About the story

Aaah, online learning! Unsurprisingly, there were many depictions of this strange time for both kids and their parents and we knew we had to make a story about it. Inspired by a picture of a house with many different rooms, the Magical Lockdown House also incorporates the elements of fantasy and magic that we found in many pictures. As you can see from the pictures, there were some crazy and wonderful ideas - we loved the machine that shot the virus into space!

Credits

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

Writer: David Burton
Mum: Neridah Waters
Nikki: Brooke McElligott
Miranda Gurr: Chenoa Deemal
Teacher: Bridget Boyle
Sound Designer: Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers
Director: Bridget Boyle

Alexandra – Age 10

Alexandra – Age 10

I was supposed to be visiting Italy this year but thanks to COVID-19, it didn't go ahead. So when I finish homework, I would sit down and dream of travelling the world, taking in sights from my hot air balloon. Just thinking of it made homeschooling fly through much easier.

Amelia – Age 11

Amelia – Age 11

This picture is about my imagination for what my house will be like after a few months when my house has finished being renovated. I thought of this in complete lockdown. Yay! Dude! Dudette!

Arky – Age 12

Arky – Age 12

It has nothing to do with Coronavirus.

Connor – Age 6

Connor – Age 6

Eli – Age 10

Eli – Age 10

It's a portal to...?

Erin – Age 11

Erin – Age 11

This is a before and after of online schooling.

Ethan – Age 7 1/2

Ethan – Age 7 1/2

I had been day dreaming about playing soccer with my friends at school.

Frankie – Age 6

Frankie – Age 6

During the virus I had to have a zoom birthday party. It was a great party but next year I hope I can have a real life party so I can play with my friends. I felt a bit lonely.

Gabriel – Age 10

Gabriel – Age 10

Harry – Age 5

Harry – Age 5

I really missed playing in the Fort at school.

Harry – Age 8

Harry – Age 8

COVID-19 has stopped me from going on a long relaxing cruise.

Mia – Age 7

Mia – Age 7

I want to go to see the fireworks.

Katie – Age 11

Katie – Age 11

My drawing is about that things were different, but that was ok because we got through it. I am trying to say it's fine.

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.

Lily – Age 5

Lily – Age 5

I missed eating at the table inside McDonald's and playing on their playground.

Lilymae – Age 11

Lilymae – Age 11

This is Melody. She is inspiring. She likes almond pound cake. She loves to travel. She can't travel anymore. She loves London and Vancouver. She doesn't know when she can travel again so she travels in her dreams. She wants things to change so she makes them change in her dreams.

Lulu – Age 8

Lulu – Age 8

Canada

Marcus – Age 10

Marcus – Age 10

I enjoyed online learning and took lots of notes.

Mia – Age 7

Mia – Age 7

I want to go to the show.

Molly – Age 5

Molly – Age 5

Paddy – Age 6

Paddy – Age 6

I miss going on holidays. I can't wait to go back to Miami on the Gold Coast.

Rya – Age 11

Rya – Age 11

I drew the daily routine of a student in the AEP system in the form of a comic strip.

Sasha – Age 11

Sasha – Age 11

It's me representing Australia in gymnastics in the Olympics and getting first place and perfect 10s.

Sebastian – Age 10

Sebastian – Age 10

This is my imagination about about playing tennis when we were in lockdown, it missed playing with my teammates and my friends so I decided to draw me and tennis balls wearing face masks because o the present situation.

Senad – Age 5

Senad – Age 5

I loved that my mum and dad were both home.

Vivienne – Age 8

Vivienne – Age 8

I wish that COVID-19 was over. The end.

Zarli – Age 7

Zarli – Age 7

I want to go to the snow.

#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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