There's a bear coming here

ANDREW McFarlane says it’s a privilege to be invited into the world of children as a presenter on the iconic Play School television program.

McFarlane has been a Play School presenter since 2000 and will appear in its live show Prince of Bears in Warrnambool on March 19 at St Pius X hall. 

McFarlane said Play School had been able to achieve 48 years of entertaining and educating children because it took the perspective of children about the “big, wide wonderful world that children were starting to appreciate.”

The show appealed to children’s rich and full imaginations with its caring and well thought-out shows, he said.

Play School’s live concerts took the show’s engagement with children to another level. 

“When we play live concerts, we perform in front of a loud, boisterous audience.”

McFarlane said talking and meeting with children and parents after the shows was always enjoyable because it took the show’s connection with its audience even futher.

Play School had been broadcast for so many years that many of the parents connected with the show from watching it during their own childhoods, he said.

In the Warrnambool performance of Prince of Bears, Big Ted has a royal adventure as he sets out to find his castle. He is joined by his friends Humpty, Little Ted, Jemima and the rest of the Play School toys.

Ticketing information for the Warrnambool show is available at 

Mr McFarlane’s role as a Play School presenter is part of his rich and varied 40-year career which has taken him from the Homicide television series in 1972 to roles in numerous other series such as The Sullivans, The Flying Doctors, Home and Away and Neighbours. This year he appears in the Love Child, A Place to Call Home and Devil’s Playground series as well as some theatre productions.


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