from the book by

Adapted by Matriark Theatre from the book by Lane Smith,

published by Roaring Brook Publishing

When a young boy embarks on a journey alone . . .
he trails a colony of penguins, undulates in a smack of jellyfish,
clasps hands with a constellation of stars, naps for a night in a bed of clams,
and follows a trail of shells, home to his tribe of friends.

There Is a Tribe of Kids is a meditation on childhood and life's beginning. Smith's vibrant sponge-paint illustrations and use of unusual collective nouns such as smack and unkindness bring the book to life. Whimsical, expressive, and perfectly paced, this story plays with language as much as it embodies imagination, and was awarded the 2017 Kate Greenaway Medal.

There Is a Tribe of Kids comes to life using a magical combination of live music, shadow puppetry and physical theatre. 


Expressions of Interest

There is a Tribe of Kids is perfectly suited to intimate environments and is the perfect 


We will be taking There is a Tribe of Kid to libraries around Sydney and surrounding areas in 2019. If you are interested in having us visit your school, library, community hall or theatre give our producer Scott Parker a call on 0411 577 031.



  • City of Sydney Libraries (2017)

  • City of Sydney Libraries (2018)