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 magnificent 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.

In 2023, the production is undergoing development under the astute direction of The PaperBoats’ Associate Artistic Director, Temeka Lawlor who will also perform in the piece alongside the very talented Stephen Noonan.

Performance Seasons 2023

Season #1: Lower Eyre Peninsula Tour: 25th – 30th June, 2023

Season #2:  Riverland Murray Mallee Tour. 25th October to 3rd November 2023

“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


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

2023 Seasons

Remount Director: Temeka Lawlor
Performer/Makers: Temeka Lawlor and Stephen Noonan
Technical Managers: Bob Weatherly and Dave Brown
Business Development Manager: Robyn Brown

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 availble for in-theatre seasons and for performances in-schools or community halls