Polite Mammals

Producer: The Wholesome Hour
Writer: The Wholesome Hour (Lily Fish, Ell Sachs, Sunanda Sachatrakul, Kimberley Twiner)
Directed By: Rinske Ginsberg

Totally wild music and comedy for young humans and their grown ups.

Synopsis

Polite Mammals is a totally wild, neo-vaudevillian variety show the whole family can enjoy. Celebrate animals of all kinds: real, imaginary, sparkly, stinky, polite and rude!

Inspired by iconic 90s Aussie kid’s TV (The Ferals, Lift Off, Recovery) Polite Mammals rockets along, introducing 20+ animal inspired characters in under an hour.

Expect farting skunks, a dancing praying mantis, Frankenstein cockroaches, and even a singing Bin Chicken (AKA ibis).

This is all ages Aussie comedy at its silliest.

Polite Mammals includes puppetry, dance, original music and absurd mischief.

This show was originally created at ArtPlay in collaboration with actual human children aged 5-9.

Short Reviews

crazy, funny, silly, rude
Stage Whispers
Polite Mammals is a marvellous sort of cheeky, off-the-wall sketch show for small kids. A cabaret for tots. It’s fun and it’s silly, but it’s also witty and sophisticated.
Stage Whispers

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Technical Information

Touring Party: 5
Bump-in Time: 5 hrs
Bump-out Time: 2 hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

  • Standard lighting rig
  • min. 4 x conventional fresnels focused to a stage wash
  • min. 4 x led wash focused as backlight/sidelight
  • 1 x profile at ops position to be used as a follow spot (or central focussed static spot if follow spot unavailable)

Audio

  • 4 x hand held wireless mics
  • 4 x mic stands
  • Mixing desk with min 6 channels
  • FOH Speakers and stands
  • Foldback speakers
  • Cables for all above
  • Aux cable with standard ‘headphone’ jack
  • For larger venues (capacity >200) we may require 4 x headset radio mics, including belts for transmitter packs to be worn under costumes, and medical tape to secure mics.

Staging

  • Sparkly gold curtain on push up poles (3 x uprights, 2 x crossbars) – all components provided by The Wholesome Hour. This creates a false crossover for quick changes. Curtain must be set minimum 2m from upstage wall/drape. 
  • Minimum stage space 7m wide x 6m deep

Crew Notes

  • We tour with our own technical manager specialising in lighting.

We request that where possible presenters provide us with a venue technician specialising in audio to assist with bump in and operation during the show.

Transport Notes

  • 1 x 1-tonne van for set and props
  • 1 x car for cast

Audience & Marketing Notes

Primary target audience: 5-10 year olds
Secondary target audiences: Siblings of primary target audience – older kids dig the cool music and more linguistic jokes, younger kids enjoy the big bright costumes and puppets, and the physical comedy. Parents – fear not, we are also parents and know how it is to sit through awful children’s theatre. This is not one of those shows. The music is cool and the gags universal. Rainbow families/allies – we are proudly, visibly, but non-didactically LGBTQIA+

Selling Points

  • Catchy, ear-worm tunes
  • Top notch, award winning physical comedians
  • Poo and fart jokes

Community Engagement

  • Animal Antics: 1.5-2hour workshop for primary school aged participants. Make animal themed physical character comedy scenes through fun games and exercises.
  • Page to Stage: longer form school holiday program workshop for primary school aged participants. 4-5 days. Make a short play based on a book of your choice using physical theatre ensemble devising techniques. Culminates in a performance for friends and carers.

Details

Audience

Venue Format

Adaptable to most indoor theatre spaces including prosc arch, black box, thrust. Raked seating preferred. Can be adapted to unconventional spaces and outdoor festival stages - please discuss with producer.

Duration

50 minutes Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

01/01/2025

31/12/2025

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: $5500

Weekly Sell Off: $12000

Per Performance: $5500

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