A Sunshine Coast actor, director, producer and playwright can now add another string to her bow: children’s book author.

Alli Pope-Bailey has penned a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book called Snowy and the Seven Cool Dudes, adapted from one of her interactive children’s stage plays.

Since 2008 Alli has toured throughout Australia with her interactive theatre productions for children, with a focus on educational content. But during the Covid lockdowns, she finally had the time to pen her adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Cool Dudes, which is a charming story, written to rhyme, about acceptance and kindness.

“My career began as an actor in Melbourne, with appearances in TV, film and theatre,” she says. “After moving to the Sunshine Coast in the early ’90s with a young family, I eventually returned to the stage and decided to start a community-based theatre company, Jally Productions, successfully staging productions at the Cavern Theatre at Sunshine Beach.

“A few years later my husband John and I decided to become full-time touring theatre producers, forming Jally Entertainment. Eventually I was writing, producing, directing and acting in a wide variety of shows, touring both intrastate and nationally. I often refer to this as ‘living the dream’!

Writing children’s educational, interactive theatre became a passion, and I began to write, produce, direct and tour these productions throughout Australia. These shows include Cinderella Spinderella, Aladdin and His Magic iPod, Little Red in the Hood, The Little Mermaid and Friends, Goldilocks Rocks and Snow White and the Seven Cool Dudes.

“This book is the result of a long-held dream of mine and I’m so thrilled to be finally launching this delightfully rhyming story for all to enjoy.” 

The book features illustrations of Australian animals and landscapes by Ziggy Moskwa, who is a contributor on Jally Entertainment’s touring stage sets.

Snowy and the Seven Cool Dudes is being launched at Annie’s Books on Peregian at 10am on January 8. You can meet the author and get a signed copy of the book, plus there will be face painting, fairy cakes, music and fancy dress for the kids, with best costume winning a free copy.

To buy the book visit jallyentertainment.com.au.

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