The PaperBoats has worked in close partnership with Country Arts SA over the past four years to develop models of regional engagement that are slow-brewing, deep and enduring. These programs have had a very significant impact on the delivery of arts activity to children across regional SA.

 There have been two main thrusts to our strategy:

  •  A 4-year “Deep Dive” program of targeted engagement with the early childhood community in Mount Gambier through the delivery of performances, workshops and arts activity to over 1,000 children annually.
  •  A “Regional Reach” program of arts engagement through the delivery of free performances by The PaperBoats to 3-12 year old children in small communities that regularly miss out on opportunities that larger communities take for granted – with three tours to over 3,000 children in mid-north and limestone coast communities in 2020-21.

 Touring Summary 2019-2021

  • Three seasons of new performances at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre (2019, 2021, 2022)
  • Three Small Communities Regional Tours to the Mid-North and the Limestone Coast. (2020-21)
  • One six month deep incursion to Claire, Millicent, Naracoorte, Robe and Rendalsham (2020, The Chrysalis Box)
  • Over 7,000 regional children engaged in high quality arts performances and activity.
  • New work, Seven Little Wonders, was created exclusively with Mt Gambier artists.
  • A hard-won culture of support developed with the Mt Gambier community and a host of small regional communities across the state.

The PaperBoats – Small Communities Regional Tours 2022
Season Where When
Especially on Birthdays SE Limesotne Coast Small Communities
5-10 June, 2022
Especially on Birthdays Lower Eyre Peninsula Small Communities 
James and Dianna Ramsay Foundation + CASA
1 -6 August, 2022
Especially on Birthdays Murray-Malee Small Communities
Thyne Reid Foundation + CASA
10-18 November, 2022

South East Small Communities Tour –
A week long tour of 10 free performances of  Especially on Birthdays to SE Communities in and around Padthaway, Naracoorte, Francis, Penola, Lucindale, Millicent, Rendelsham, Robe and Kingston has been funded by ArtsSA with money re-purposed from COVID cancelled China tour. 

Lower Eyre Peninsula Small Communities Tour – The PaperBoats with generous support from the James and Dianna Ramsay Foundation and Country Arts SA will present a week long season of 9 free performances Especially on Birthdays to communities in and around Pt Lincoln, Cummins and Coffin Bay.

Murray Mallee Small Communities Tour – The PaperBoats with generous support from Thyne Reid Foundation and Country Arts SA will present a 7 day season of 14 free performances of Especially on Birtrhdays to communities in and around Murray Bridge, Lameroo, Loxton, Glossop, Barmera, Berri and Waikerie.


Especially on Birthdays was a visual feast that enthralled our students and even moved several to tears! The dynamic onstage between Angus and Temeka had us believing in their roles from the very first movement.
The story was simple yet complex and students connected to the emotional journey of sibling woes. 
This performance has inspired and energised the students ahead of their own end of year concert.

Cast and  crew were highly professional and exuded warmth and pride for their show. I will definitely be booking them for next year!

Lyndsey Martin, Principal ~ Gumeracha PS

Session School / Kindergarten Students Teachers Total
Monday 6 June at 10.00am Naracoorte Primary School 115 6 121
(Naracoorte)   0 0 0
    115 0 121
Monday 6 June at 2.00pm Naracoorte South Primary School 128 5 133
(Naracoorte)   0 0 0
    128 0 133
Tuesday 7 June at 10.00am Michelle DeGaris Kindergarten 40 6 46
(Naracoorte) Naracoorte North Kindergarten 33 6 39
  Padthaway Primary School 11 2 13
    84 0 98
Tuesday 7 June at 2.00pm Lucindale Area School 0 0 100
(Lucindale) Lucindale Kindergarten 18 4 22
    0 0 122
Wednesday 8 June at 10.00am Apsley Primary School 28 4 32
(Apsley) Frances Primary School 17 3 20
  Goroke Area School 28 4 32
    0 0 84
Wednesday 8 June at 2.00pm Penola Primary School 0 0 0
(Penola) Mary MacKillop Memorial School 0 0 81
  McKay Children’s Centre 0 0 28
    0 0 109
Thursday 9 June at 10.00am St Anthony’s Catholic School 0 0 0
(Robe Hall) Robe Soldiers Memorial Kindergarten 6 3 9
  Robe Primary School 87 5 92
  McArthur Park Kindergarten 20 4 0
    0 0 101
Thursday 9 June at 2.00pm Rendelsham Kindergarten 20 5 25
(Millicent North PS Gym) St Anthony’s Catholic School 0 0 0
  Millicent North Kindergarten 30 6 36
  Millicent North Primary School 0 0 70?
    0 0 61
Friday 10 June at 10.00am Newbery Park Primary School    OR 0 0 0
(Millicent North PS Gym) Millicent North Primary School 0 0 130?
    0 0 130?
Friday 10 June at 2.00pm Kingston Community School 0 0 125
(Kingston School Gym)        
    0 0 125
Total Attendance all sessions       1,162

 Testimonials for When the Mirror Builds Sing, which toured to small communities and theatres across 2019 -2021


The PaperBoats Partnership Platform has 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.

We are deeply grateful to the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation for their generous support of our Lower Eyre Peninsula Small Communities tour and to the Thyne Reid Foundation for their generous support of the Murray-Mallee Small communities tour.

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. 


PHONE: Robyn Brown on 0411 779 402

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