Story, is the most natural, the most powerful, the most spiritual way to connect with people.
Aboriginal oral storytelling passes on from generation to generation with stories of history, culture, beliefs, wisdom and understanding of tears of sadness and joy.
The best experiences are shared experiences.
is an ancient American Indian saying -
Francis caters for all audiences, pre-school to senior citizens.
Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms and was the most valuable educational tool before modern times introduced other forms of media to entertain and educate us.
Storytelling promotes and encourages the listener of all ages, to use, and develop their imagination.
The power of listening is the only special equipment necessary beyond the use of oneís own imagination and mindís eye. However, depending on the type of performance, Francis uses costumed appearances, his own Aboriginal art as backdrops to his stories and didgeridoo players to add to the experience of the stories he is telling.
The stories Francis tells, develops the imagination, encourages the listener to consider new and inventive ideas, presents situations of wise and unwise decisions and outcomes, transports the listener to new places, times and cultures, also encouraging self-confidence and personal motivation.
Francis also has a childrens book available - Stories from the Billabong - so it's a wonderful oportunity for schools to feature the book in Book Week or even have the book available in their own library as the students will have made a connection with the books author.
Francis Firebrace's work takes him into
schools, colleges, theatres, universities, libraries and festivals where he
Word of mouth Popularity
Teachers can have a holiday
An entertaining journey, of
Francis has entertained, thrilled
and enthralled audiences the world over
Let Francis transport you to new
The performance is also interactive with Francis soon involving and inviting the audience to participate in the performance.
Fun and Entertaining.
Unique learning experience.
Francis is said to
Francis' performance and teachings
also encourages and
Francis specialises in children and adults with special needs and PRUs
young offenders also catered for.
enquire if your school has special needs.
Through the use of his art, stories and traditional dance, Francis brings to his audience the
three dimensions of the aboriginal dreaming. Each of his large Dreamtime paintings depicts a story of his people,
enabling Francis to use them as powerful backdrops to the stories. Francis paints using the four colours of the
Earth, that his people have used since the beginning of time.
exudes passion for his
Thank you so much for coming to our school recently. I think it is a fantastic way to give our children more of an understanding about the world and the diversity of people living in it. If they remember some of the important messages you told them about tolerance, caring and self belief their lives will be enriched for having met you. They all had a wonderful time too!
Your storytelling is a gift, thanks for sharing it with us. The music from Philip was awesome too.
For me, your visit was like a breath of fresh air. I always try to see the best in people and give a friendly smile or word of encouragement, especially to those children who have low self esteem and find life difficult. Its not always easy to do that, but the way you took time to speak to all of us, made every one of us you spoke to feel special, and I for one will try to do more of that.
Take care my friend
Nikki (the librarian whose hair matches your beard!)
The school has not been the same since you left. I have been trying to wait until my spirits lifted before contacting you to thank you so very much for the most incredible day. Your presence transformed the entire staff, lifted them and for the first time allowed me to feel accepted. The kids adored you and what makes them happy, makes me happy.
You are truly inspiring, thank you so much.
What some children have said after Francis has visited their school.
I thought the story about the platypus was fantastic. Now I know why you travel the world telling people the story. When I told my mum about what I had learnt, she wished she was still at school.
Dear Mr Firebrace,
I thank you for all the excitement and pictures. I loved the stories and it was nice having a better brother than my own! I liked all the stories especially about Googaga.
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