When the Mirror Bird Sings ~  Created over a four-year process of development, When the Mirror Birds Sings is a mythical tale of kindness overcoming greed. Featuring Max Richter’s recomposition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, the performance is an intimate and immersive experience where children’s participation amplifies the themes of hope and renewal.



“My class of 7 and 8 year olds had the amazing experience of workshopping their participation in When the Mirror Birds Sings. They were enthusiastically engaged and fully participating – a new and enriching experience they will never forget. The performance itself was mesmerizing, simple in concept and powerful in message.  I watched totally captivated and emotionally moved, frequently blinking away tears.

Fran Meyer

Steiner Stream Coordinator, Trinity Gardens School

“From the very beginning I was completely captivated, mesmerised!  A deeply moving performance which was archetypically layered and elegant. The Vivaldi was sublime accompaniment. Juliet and Scott are a beautifully connected duo. I had a tear in the corners of both eyes the whole time; it was so so beautiful. Thank you for this luscious experience! “  

Nicole Lamprel


“As an educator I thought the Mirror Bird concept was fabulous as it required children to use their imagination and they were absolutely hooked the whole time! I liked how the props were simple and not too prescriptive and had multiple purposes. The children had to read between the lines and make deductions; they weren’t spoon fed! AND the adults enjoyed it as much as the children!

Alex Gabb

Year 1 Teacher, McLaren Vale Primary School

Please view our 3 minute video trailer for scenes from the performance and responses from audience members.

When the Mirror Bird Sings
presented in association with the City of Onkaparinga

Arts Centre Port Noarlunga
22 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga, SA 5167

11am – Performance #1
2pm – Performance #2

When the Mirror Bird Sings
presented in association with Country ArtsSA and ArtsSA

Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre
22-27 March 2021



MONDAY 22/3/21
4.30pm – Teachers Preview 
TUESDAY 23/3/21
10am – Tenison Early Learning Centre, Rendelsham Kindy, Gladigau Kindy, McArthur Park Kindy.
12pm – Acacia Kindy, St Martins Lutheran College.
10am – St Martins Kindy, Glenburnie PS, Akuna Kindy,
12pm – Compton PS, Millicent North Kindy, Robe Kindy, Tenison Woods College
THURSDAY 25/3/21
10am – Glencoe Kindy, Glencoe PS, Akuna Kindy, St Martins Kindy, Kalangadoo Kindy,
12pm – Mt Gambier Children’s Centre, Suttontown PS,
Kirinari Kindy, Tennison Woods College.
FRIDAY 26/3/21
10amLimestone Coast Home Schoolers, Melaleuca PS,
Mt Gambier Children’s Centre.
12pm – Gordon Education Centre


MONDAY 29/3/21
Naracoorte Town Hall Performances
(supported by Naracoorte-Lucindale Council)
10am – Michelle DeGaris Kindy, Naracoorte North Kindy,
Naracoorte Sth PS
12pm – Naracoorte North PS
TUESDAY 30/3/21
St. Anthony’s Catholic College, Millicent
11am – Performance 1
2pm – Performance 1
Apsley Football Club – Apsley PS, Francis PS, Goroke PS

11am – Performance 

In schools community performances
27 May – 4 June, 2021

TUESDAY 25/5/21
11am – McLaren Vale Primary School
1.30pm – McLaren Vale Primary School
9.30am – Lobethal Lutheran School
2pm – Lobethal Primary School
THURSDAY 27/5/21
9.30am – Woodside Primary School
2pm – Gumeracha Primary School
FRIDAY 28/5/21
9.30am – Faith Lutheran ELC and JS
2pm – Angaston Primary School
MONDAY 31/5/21
9.30am – Keyneton Primary School
2pm – Nuriootpa Primary School
TUESDAY 1/6/21
9.30am – St Jakobi Lutheran School
2pm – Eudunda Area School
9.30am – Burra Primary School
2pm – St Josephs Catholic School
9.30am – Clare Primary School
2pm – Clare Vineyard Lutheran College

MONDAY 12/7/21
12pm– Lameroo Community Centre


 When the Mirror Birds Sing was developed as part of The PaperBoats international co-creation project

Conceived and Directed by: Dave Brown
Devised by Theatre-Maker/Performers: Juliette and Scott Griffin
Costume and Props Design: Meg Wilson
Lighting Design: Dave Brown
Technical Support and Consultation: Bob Weatherly

Music: Max Richter’s recomposition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

The PaperBoats thanks the many artists, advisors, educators and carers who have offered their support and insights during the development and trialing of When the Mirror Bird Sings.

We are also deeply grateful for the support of the many partner organisations without whose support our venture would not be possible.

The PaperBoats Partnership Platform has been assisted by the South Australian Government through ArtsSA and Country ArtsSA and  the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory group.


PHONE: Robyn Brown on 0411 779 402

When the Mirror Bird Sings is avaialble for in-theatre seasons and for performances in-schools or community halls

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