SPECIAL EVENT: The Happiness Box with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra


Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am


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Macquarie Street

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Enjoy a school holiday reading of The Happiness Box with Amanda Bishop and guest musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The Happiness Box tells the story of three best friends, a lizard, a monkey and a frog, who find a magical box and embark upon a journey through the jungle to discover the secret of happiness. This delightful tale was originally written for Changi Gaol’s child prisoners in 1942 by Australian POW David Griffin, and illustrated by fellow POW Leslie Greener, while they were interned. The Happiness Box's themes are timeless and universal: the value of kindness, resilience, industriousness, humour, courage, and, most importantly, the value of friendship.

The Happiness Box has been adapted for young audiences by award-winning Australian film and TV composer Bryony Marks with music to capture the sense of wonder and trepidation of the friends’ adventure. Musicians from the Sydney Symphony will introduce sounds of the orchestra and themes from the music in this special event.

The original manuscript of The Happiness Box will be on display and curator Elise Edmonds will discuss its significance and how it came to be part of the State Library collection.

The Sydney Symphony will present The Happiness Box as a Family Concert on Sunday 4 November. https://www.sydneysymphony.com/concerts-and-tickets/whats-on/event/the-happiness-box

Bookings essential
Suitable 5 years + and their families

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