Play School aims to encourage a child to wonder, to think, to feel and to imagine.
The program shows two warm, caring people taking the time to be with one child. They address the child directly and personally. Into this relationship are woven the stories, songs and activities that form the fabric of Australian children's culture.
Justine Clarke is an actress and producer, known for Home and Away (1988), Look Both Ways (2005) and ...
I have been acting professionally since I was seven. Some people came down to my school to find children for a TV commercial, they liked my smile. They suggested to my mother that she put me in a kids modelling agency, she did. That commercial was never made but a lot of others were.
When I was eleven I auditioned for 'The Sound of Music' and had a wonderful time playing 'Brigitta', one of the Von Trapp children. I went on to make films and kids television series which led to a regular role in 'Home and Away' in my late teens and many more roles in mini-series until my early twenties. I then decided to go to drama school to learn the craft of acting in the theatre. Since then I have concentrated on theatre roles and when I'm not treading the boards I like to sing Jazz around Sydney.
I grew up watching Play School and loved it. So the first time I stepped onto that set I felt like I was a child again and I had climbed into the television! I remember feeling slightly nervous about meeting old pros like Jemima and Big Ted but they were very warm and welcoming and just the same as they are on the show. The best part about being on Play School is singing songs and making the craft and telling stories, dancing, going on adventures with the toys, guessing which window it will be, playing games with Jay or Rhys or Andrew or Mark ~ hang on it's all the best.
The bear, the chair, all of it!!!
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