A visually stunning, contemporary re-imagining of the Australian classic Dot and the Kangaroo adapted by leading Australian playwright John Romeril. Breathtaking aerials and acrobatics sparkle against a backdrop of stunning animations that utilise interactive technology whilst live music and storytelling transport you to the magical world of the Australian bush.
“A strikingly imaginative and effective adaptation”
When 5-year-old Dot gets lost in the bush, she is rescued by a kangaroo who gives her magic ‘berries of understanding’ that allow her to follow the languages of all the animals and insects around her. With this new gift, Dot and Kangaroo set out on an action-packed adventure to return her home – an adventure that changes the way she sees the Australian bush and her place within it forever.
But how long before this unique native wildlife disappears as humans encroach on their habitat? Based on Ethel C. Pedley’s iconic 1899 classic, Dot and the Kangaroo, Creature invites you to enter the magical world of the Australian bush to explore how our actions and choices affect the world around us.
Touring to Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory in 2018, this immersive performance will take young audiences into an imaginative performance, connecting them to the beauty of the Australian bush.
First commissioned by QPAC for the 2016 Out of the Box Festival for Children 8 years and under.
"This is so stunningly beautiful and touching [that] 'children' of all ages should come away with a smile."
Susan Hetherington, ABC Brisbane
"Creature provides some powerful and important messages about animal and habitat conservation, in addition to some perspectives on the charms of Australian wildlife."
"There’s no doubt this Creature has legs."
Frankston Arts Centre 27-28 Apr
GPAC, Geelong 01-02 May
Bunjil Place, Casey 04 May
Arts Centre Melbourne 09-12 May
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta 15-16 May
Griffith Regional Theatre 18-19 May
TRECC, Tamworth 22-23 May
MECC, Mackay 26 May
Darwin Entertaiment Centre 29-30 May
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs 01 Jun
Mt Isa Civic Centre 07-08 Jun
April to June 2018
Writer John Romeril
Conceived by Margie Breen & David Clarkson
Directors David Clarkson & Cristabel Sved
Composer Peter Kennard
Visual Artists Andrew Bluff,
Boris Bagatinni, Andrew Johnston
Choreographer Dean Walsh
Costume Designer Annemaree Dalziel
Lighting Designer Ross Graham
If you are interested in touring get in contact!
Arts on Tour
02 8038 1880
Arts on Tour is based in Redfern NSW and we respectfully acknowledge the Gadigal people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the unceded land on which we work.
As we tour artists and productions across these vast lands, we pay our respect to all First Nations Elders, past, present and future.
We celebrate their continuing connection and contribution to culture, country and community, and thank all First Nations peoples for their wisdom in caring for the land, the sky, the rivers and the sea.