the Boy and the Ball

Conceived and Performed by Stephen Noonan

Direction and Dramaturgy by Dave Brown

Design, Making and Dramaturgy by Greg Cousins

Music Production by James Brown

Early Childhood Advisors: Anne-Marie Shin, Sally Chance

Highly credentialed early-childhood theatre-maker Stephen Noonan has created an intimate performance designed exclusively for kindergarten audiences.

Developed over a two year period in close consultation with a highly experienced team of artists and educators alongside the participation of kindergarten children, Stephen’s performance is exquisitely nuanced to engage kinders in storytelling wonder.

General Public Performances: Saturday 27 August 9.30am and 11am as part of the Goodwood Theatre and Studio’s COMEBACK 2022 FESTIVAL


It was a great show!  The children were absorbed throughout and the involvement of children came at exactly the right moment to keep them engaged to the end. I loved the observation in conversation afterwards that even though you didn’t speak you still made friends and that this resonated with our group because of 2 children with selective mutism.  The children loved the ‘magic’ and the play with light. We have moved straight onto playing with tubes and balls!

Kindergarten/Reception Teacher, Ngutu College

COMING SOON: Learning Prompts for Educators and Parents:  Below we will be offering educators and parents ~  Sneak Peeks into the themes, ideas and processes of creation as they relate to the Boy and the Ball.

We know how busy you are, so each one will take no longer than 3 minutes to read and absorb. These little Sneak Peeks will be designed to help you weave some related activity into your children’s learning.  



Stephen Noonan’s “Lift Off” Project and The PaperBoats Partnership Platform have been assisted by the South Australian Government through ArtsSA and Country Arts SA and  the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory group.

The PaperBoats is very appreciative of the many artists, advisors, educators,  carers and partnership organisations who have offered their support and insights during the development and trialing of this work. 


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