Producer: All The Queens Men
Writer: Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid (All The Queens Men)
Directed By: Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid (All The Queens Men)

Join Turtle and Sugar Rush; a pop duo making music concerts and dance parties for children and their (chosen) families.

Synopsis

Play Date is a children’s focused performance work; a high energy dance and play party for little ones and their (chosen) families.   Featuring all original pop music sharing themes of inclusivity, body positivity and joy, Play Date illuminates and celebrates non-dominant family structures; the people who are a part of them and the people who support them through a participatory, irreverent music and movement experience.

The show is a live, music and dance experience for children aged two to seven years and their parents/guardians/allies and friends.

Play Date is created and presented by All The Queens Men (ATQM).

Short Reviews

“It takes a special alchemy to produce something that is positive, warm, safe, inclusive and ALSO subversive, spicy, actually funny, saturated in the visual fantasy that is so trademark of queer culture. Play Date has a deep respect for the hearts, minds, and souls of children, and” Turtle and Sugar Rush have created something truly marvellous.”
Alex Walker, Founder - House of Muchness

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Technical Information

Touring Party: 4
Bump-in Time: Full 45min show 8 hours for initial or one-off presentations 6 hours for presentations within a season (including technical / dress rehearsal). 20min pop up: call time can be one hour before show time. Performers have their own radio mics, portable props and on-site Operator can cue provided playback audio. hrs
Bump-out Time: Full 45min show: One hour (if not including staging, house lighting and audio etc) Three hours if including all staging, LX and Audio 20min pop up: 30mins for prop recall and green room clearance. hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

Provided by the Venue / Presenter:

Floor Lighting:

  • 1 x Ethernet line from stage to control (for stage led bar)
  • 4 x 3m 300mm Box Truss Upright on Large baseplate, BLACK Truss finish for company LED Bar frames
  • 10 x Birdie or similar footlights
  • 4 x Moving Light Profile, Mac Quantum
  • Profile or similar
  • Grid Lighting
    Standard warm white FOH lighting
  • 3 colour or LED Back Light wash
  • Control/FX:
    GrandMA 3 or EOS console
  • x Hazers

Audio

Provided by the Venue / Presenter:

Full range, high quality PA system scaled accordingly for the size and layout of the venue

Minimum PA specs include:
• FOH stereo pair of loudspeakers
• mono subwoofers
• stereo onstage foldback
• an additional stereo pair of loudspeakers as surround speakers (side or rear, depending on space)

Mixer and outboard:

  • mixer with minimum 4 microphone inputs
  • and 4 line level inputs
  • EQ and compression for 4 microphone inputs
  • stereo 31 band graphic EQ for system tuning
  • Reverb & delay send FX
  • minimum 6 outputs (2 FOH, 2 Foldback, 2 Surround)

MICROPHONES

3 x high quality cardioid headset microphones
(DPA 4088 or equivalent, with connectors suitable
for radio mic belt pack transmitters supplied)

*note, two used in the production and a third as backup

2 x belt pack radio microphone transmitters and receivers (Sennheiser or Shure, compatible with headset microphone connectors)

2 x handheld radio microphones and receivers (Shure Beta 58 or equivalent)

All audio consumables, including tape and batteries

Staging

The full show includes specifically created AV.  An appropriate screen is the ‘backdrop’. The screen can be LED or rear projection with projector (minimum 6000 lumens).

Screen size can be no smaller than 4m wide by 2.5m high.

Screen is mounted at back of stage.

Stage and screen are framed by two truss mounted drops of LED LX bars.

Treads either side of stage and one set of treads at middle front of stage required.

Two bubble machines are also placed underneath either side of the front of the stage which are triggered for one minute at the end of the live performance only.

Crew Notes

Bump in and tech run: day before season commence – full day call

Bump in:

2 x bump in mech crew (can be reduced to one person if staging, screen and drapes are in-situ)

2 x Lighting bump in crew
2 x Audio bump in crew
During bump in the Play Date Team can be on site for

a four-hour call to complete a tech run after bump in.

 Bump out:

2 x bump out mech crew
The Company Stage Manager and Tech Operator

are able to assist with bump out.

*Please note this does not include any time that the venue may require to return to house set up or for prep for incoming shows.

Transport Notes

One tonne van.   

Set and props can travel in road cases and suitcases by plane.  Road freight preferable.

Audience & Marketing Notes

Children and their accompanying adults who self-identify as rainbow families
Children and their accompanying adults who self-identify as allies
Pop Music Lovers
Children’s education supporters
Dreamers and dance fans

ATQM welcomes Presenter conversations regarding the social mission of the work; promoting safe spaces and experiences, full of joy and delight for children and accompanying adults identifying as rainbow families and allies supporting cultural safety for all.

Selling Points

  • It’s a day doof dance party where both adults and children can dance, dance, dance.
  • Audience interaction and prop play throughout for both children and adults.
  • Children can join Turtle and Sugar Rush on the stage during the show.
  • Accompanying adults have said their children sleep so well afterwards and the adults themselves have had a really great dance to music that is high pop.
  • Turtle and Sugar Rush will be out after the show for meet and greets.
  • Fun merchandise available.

Community Engagement

  • Yes, there is also opportunity for ATQM to design and facilitate accompanying activation workshops prior to performances. Please contact us directly to discuss these options.
  • Craft and prop making.
  • Auslan and choreography learning.

Content Warning

The show will includes bright lighting and amplified sound. Noise reduction headphones or any other assistance materials welcomed.

Details

Audience

Venue Format

Black Box, Thrust, Flat Floor, Hall, Outdoor stage etc.

Duration

45 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

01/07/2024

19/12/2026

Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $5000

Weekly Sell Off: $25000

Per Performance: $3000-5000

Royalties: Negotiable %
Apra Obligations: The work features all original music. All The Queens Men manage all APRA obligations for the show’s music content. Presenter responsible for any music before and after the show(s).

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