island entertainment presents

Small Stories Project


Small Stories Project provides and supports storytelling experiences for young children (0-5 years) and their parents and caregivers.-  It is a tailored performance that demonstrates oral storytelling involving the audience in participating in the story.-  Small Stories can be built upon with a puppet making/story telling workshop.

Leigh, Kirsty and Roz collaborate in the Small Stories Project.-  Leigh and Kirsty presented their work at ITAC4 conference in New York, ArtPlay Melbourne and many Tasmanian communities. They are key contributors to ArTELIER a Tasmanian group of arts practitioners committed to quality arts engagement with children and young people.

Small Stories relates to the EYLF Learning Outcomes and Key Principles.-  Providing an opportunity for children to experience this performance and workshop promotes Literacy, Cognitive, Connectivity, Dramatic Play, Language and Social skills, to name a few.-  Providing a valuable experience for children and educators.

Kirsty Grierson has a background in puppetry and has toured nationally and internationally. She has worked as a facilitator, performer, community producer, workshop leader and director, independently, with performing companies and in communities and relishes new challenges as puppetry changes and evolves to incorporate new technologies and ways to support children's learning and development.

Leigh Tesch is a performing artist, and creative producer and co-ordinator of arts and community projects.-  She trained in performance, improvisation, clown, theatre for social change, storytelling and dance.-  She regularly performs as a Clown Doctor at the Royal Hobart Hospital, and works with communities, creating and performing quality children theatre and story experiences

Roz Wren, is a Set Designer who has designed and created costumes, sets, puppets or props for most of Hobart's theatre companies. In 2016 Roz won a Tasmanian Theatre Award for Set Design for Hobart Rep's "˜On Our Selection'.

The Small Stories Project Performances

Tiny Tales- is an immersive sensory and theatrical experience especially for babies up to 18 months and their parents and carers.

Small Stories Online-  for young children (3-6 years) and their parents and caregivers.-  Experience this adventure- in your own home as dining tables become landscapes in unknown places. Families will receive a video link to watch and children will receive materials in the post- to- create their own puppet creatures.-  - These creatures come to life when we meet in the online zoom workshop.

Extend learning with Workshops

The Small Stories Project offer various workshops in creative play- for adult caregivers- and childrenwith puppet making, shadow play, and storytelling.


The SSP also offer Professional Development opportunities for educators and community workers about arts, story and development in the early years.

This was one of the most amazing experiences of my mothering life. Thank you for providing such a special experience for us. It was gorgeous for both bubs and mums. Thank you for celebrating the mums as well as providing an interactive and stimulating activity for the babies.

 Tiny Tales Audience member

I liked how the children had an active part in the story as they were enrolled as fish, trees, grass and rocks.

(Early Years educator).

We did this (Small Stories Online) recently through MAC. It was awesome! A was totally engaged in the creation in the lead up and during the Story! Even B enjoyed the story… with bits of distraction, but the best part about doing it from home meant he could come in and out no worries! Highly recommend.