Thoughts Have Feelings Too

50min + 10 Q&A
Grades P - 6
Available Terms:
Terms 1 - 4
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Thoughts Have Feelings Too is a gentle and funny performance that shows students how to think positively about the feelings they experience in their day-to-day lives in a primary school environment.

The students meet two clowns: Sweet ‘Clown’ and the absent-minded ‘Professor’. When the two clowns meet in the Professor’s laboratory, they discover that thoughts and emotions are connected.

Over four scenes focusing on happiness, sadness, anger and fear, the clowns discover how to recognise each emotion and find simple steps to deal with them. Supporting the Health Curriculum, which promotes positive self-talk and interaction, Thoughts Have Feelings Too works as a tool for schools to discuss emotions positively and positively and lightheartedly.

Developed in close consultation with teachers and child health specialists, Thoughts Have Feelings Too premiered for the opening of Mental Health Week celebrations in Brisbane in 2008. Thoughts Have Feelings Too has toured extensively with Queensland Arts Council in 2009 and 2010 throughout Regional Queensland and Brisbane to sell-out performances!


Learning Areas:

The Arts (Drama)

Strands: Developing an understanding of practices

Responding to and interpreting artworks

Health and Physical Education

Strand: Personal, Social and Community Health

General Capabilities

Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Express ideas, concepts, thoughts and feelings creatively
  • Consider and evaluate motivations, intentions, influences and biases
  • Offer and receive effective feedback

Ethical Understanding

  • Apply skills in reasoning, empathy and imagination
  • Make judgements about actions and motives

Personal and Social Capability

  • Initiative
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Adaptability
  • Empathy


  • Traditional and Contemporary Clowning
  • Non-Verbal Communication and Mime

Themes and Contexts:

  • Storytelling
  • Creativity and Imagination
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Self-Esteem

Devised by: Ben Cornfoot, Tony Kishawi and Brin Pritchard in collaboration with Mental Health specialists.
Directed by: Tony Kishawi.

Staging Requirements:

  • An indoor venue guarantees a better and more intimate performance
  • Outdoor venue need minimum of one wall
  • 5x5m wide space (no power outlet is required)

I thought that the performance this morning was simply outstanding! The best one we have ever had. Even before the performance was started they were being hilarious. It was funny and educational at the same time. 10/10! ★★★★★

- Hampden State School QLD

The best that I've ever seen - very entertaining. Very professional. Very talented! Most appropriate! material! Great presentation! Impressive! ★★★★★

- St Francis Xavier School, QLD

"This would have to be the best in schools production I have seen. The actors were incredibly entertaining & kept all of the students well and truly engaged. Awesome! We were crying from laughing so hard."★★★★★

- St John Bosco School, SA