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JUSTINE CLARKE – Silly Songs Tour 2018

Justine Clarke - Silly Songs Tour

Justine Clarke is a creative force. She’s the gently spoken and long running presenter of Play School, the host of the lively Justine Clarke Show, an author of four children’s picture books, and most recently, the voice of Maya the Bee in The Honey Games movie.

But Justine is perhaps best known as the award-winning children’s music artist – singing to generations of Australian kids about watermelons, dinosaurs and the simple joys of life, like singing and dancing.

“After releasing my first album [I like to sing] in 2005, I was so thrilled and proud that it was out there,” she said.

“But I could never have imagined that 13 years later I’d be again about to embark on a national tour opening at the Opera House Concert Hall.”

The Silly Songs Tour, which opens nationally in September, will feature new music from her television show and fourth album, as well as old favourites.

“I really wanted this tour to focus on what kids can do at home and how it can be easy to create a song at home and then to come to the concert and to sing along; just to enjoy being in a big room with a whole lot of other people and hearing everybody singing together,” Justine enthused.

Like many of her young fans, Justine can remember putting shows on at home with her sister, which inspired the format of The Justine Clarke Show.

“When I was five years old, I would say to my sister, ‘let’s put on a show’ and ten minutes later, we’d be doing the show. We wouldn’t know what we were doing, we’d just put it on,” she laughed.

“We went in with this great sense of confidence and trust that it was all going to work out. So that’s why I thought ‘five minutes until show time’ was a good amount for The Justine Clarke Show, because that’s about all the preparation a five-year-old puts in!”

While still a child, Justine made her acting debut as Anna Goanna in Mad Max, followed by the character of Roo Stewart in Home and Away. Numerous film and television gigs followed, but it was Justine who sought out a job on Play School, asking her agent to arrange an audition.

“I’d look at the actors that were on Play Schooland think that they were really good,” Justine explained. “I thought – I want to be on that show because it’s where all the good actors go.”

But Justine said the desire to be on Play Schoolwas also because she felt it was such an “honest” and well-respected show for children.

“Play School has been so well protected by early childhood advisors who always put the child’s rights first and see the child as a complex being,” Justine said.

“And the fact that it’s on our national broadcaster and there’s no commercials means you never feel like you’re a commodity. I think those things are really important.”

Unable to choose a favourite co-host (think Alex Papps, Teo Gebert, Rhys Muldoon and Jay Laga’aia), Justine settled on a favourite toy instead.

Justine Clarke Play School

“Humpty is my favourite because he’s just funny,” she said. “His face is funny, and when you animate him, he makes you laugh.”

While teaming up with Humpty to entertain countless children on Play School over the past 19 years, Justine has been growing a family of her own, with husband and actor Jack Finsterer.

A busy mum of three – Joe (17), Nina (15) and Max (8) – Justine understands the juggle of family and career, creativity and practicality.

“My husband is doing a massive 6-and-a-half-hour play at the moment – The Harp in the South – and he’s been in rehearsals for 11 weeks. That basically means he’s not here at all and I’ve been doing pretty much everything,” she said.

“So that’s like up at six for lunches and shirts ironed and then someone needs to be driven and then we’ve got to do homework and all the usual morning routine.

“I try and jam in as much as I can between school hours, before pick up. And then there’s guitar and netball and swimming and whatever else. So just normal mum stuff really.”

It’s undoubtedly this down-to-earth approach and genuine humility that makes Justine so likeable, among both kids and adults. But what is in store next for this Aussie icon?

“Who knows what the future holds… I feel like this album and tour is a real culmination of a lot of years of work and I’m not sure what’s going to happen next. I feel like maybe this is the beginning of a new chapter. But at the moment, I’m just working on ensuring that the tour is ready.”

As she munched on a banana, Justine said that keeping up the energy for back to back live shows was easy given the demographics of her audience.

“Even if you’re feeling tired… as soon as you hear that excited rabble in the auditorium, there’s such an energy to it. I feed off that energy. It’s infectious and it’s joyous and it’s funny; it’s really funny. They’re hilarious when they’re all together [the kids]. They talk to each other, they heckle and then you hear their wobbly little voices – they’re the best audience.”

JUSTINE CLARKE – Silly Songs Tour 2018

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Justine Clarke Silly Song Tour

Justine Clarke Silly Songs Tour Dates

Tour Dates

  • SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 @ 10am
  • SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 @ 12pm
  • HAMER HALL, MELBOURNE SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23 @ 10am
  • HAMER HALL, MELBOURNE SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23 @ 12pm
  • REGAL THEATRE, PERTH SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30 @ 10am
  • REGAL THEATRE, PERTH SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30 @ 12pm
  • CANBERRA THEATRE, CANBERRA SATURDAY OCTOBER 6 @ 10am
  • CANBERRA THEATRE, CANBERRA SATURDAY OCTOBER 6 @12pm
  • QPAC CONCERT HALL, BRISBANE SUNDAY OCTOBER 7 @ 10am
  • THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE SATURDAY OCTOBER 13 @10am
  • SECOND SYDNEY, PERTH & CANBERRA SHOWS ON SALE 10AM TODAY, TUESDAY JULY 3

All shows on sale now.

For complete tour and ticket information including groups tickets, visit:

justineclarke.com.au & livenation.com.au

Giveaway

*Giveaway now ended and the winner has been notified* 

If you want to WIN 1 x family pass (admission for four) to any show in the nearest capital city, follow the simple instructions below:

  • In the comments below, describe a show you put on as a child

Giveaway ends 19 September 2018. Read the full Terms & Conditions.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Ashleigh Taaffe
    September 3, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    My 3 sisters and I put on a full scale musical version of Little Red Riding Hood for my parents in our lounge room. Songs included the Bug Bad French Wolf’s “Be My Dinner” (to the tune of Be Our Guest) and Grandma’s “Don’t put me back in the closet” (to a Michael Jackson tune) and my solo of “me little Red, going to granny’s” (to row row your boat). I can still remember the songs 25 years later. We never could quite top that performance although we tried a Christmas variety show where I got downgraded to the Reindeer ?. My own daughters are starting out on puppet shows, I can’t wait for their first musical.

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    Rose nemgus
    September 3, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    My sister and I would act out the sound of music…completing all the parts ourselves…moving up the line and bobbing up and down “so long, farewell, , auf Wiedersehen, adieu
    Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu” we’d fight over who would play the baby girl role…fairly sure it was horrific!

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    Kelli Rootes
    September 3, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Family friends and I put on a show of Grease Lightning with some fantastic dance moves.

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    Beth Zielinski
    September 16, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    I used to love putting on a singing and dancing show for my mother and grandmother. I would belt out classics from Tina Arena and Celine Dion, along with my own signature dance moves.
    Such special memories I will treasure forever!

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    Amanda
    September 16, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    My sister and I would put on highly rehearsed dance recitals to Bon Jovi. Still comes in handy when busting out some karaoke moves.

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    Kathie T
    September 17, 2018 at 7:27 am

    My brother and I both had the same song but on a different mix tape. We would put it in our Sony walkmans and try to press play at the same exact time so we could sing it for our family (we heard the music in our headphones but the audience couldn’t hear it). We got so much praise at the time. Now that we have our own kids, my mum has told me that because we were slightly off synced and the audience couldn’t hear the music, the performance was actually pretty ordinary. I feel grateful that my family never let us feel that we were anything less than wonderful!

  • Reply
    Susan
    September 17, 2018 at 7:31 am

    My cousins and my sisters and I used to each have different musical instruments ( some made up ) and we used to put on fantastic ( we thought) concerts for the parents.

    These days my two older kids always say “ sit down, we’re putting on a show” and there’s singing and dancing and storytelling and I love it. The creativity and imagination and bravery involved to get up and put on a show in front of others when you’re a kid is amazing.

    P.s my 3 and a half year old looooooooooves Justine Clarke so much. He’d love to go and see her.

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    Stacey A
    September 17, 2018 at 8:24 am

    My friends and I put on a production in honor of Hailey’s Comet flying past. Twinkling stars, and one zooming star flying past. Possibly the play with the least drama ever created!

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    Amanda
    September 18, 2018 at 7:20 am

    my sister and cousin dressed me and another cousin up as my mum and dad and we put in a performance in front of them. We were lucky they found it funny!

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    Tanya paul
    September 18, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Myself, sister and our neighbours used to do renditions of the sound of music… we had our costumes and would do the so long farewell song. Complete with the dance moves,… now I watch my four year old son dress in dresses Andy do full dance routines and sing in Jian microphone. Born performers we are ?

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