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Monkey Baa Theatre Company

Diary of a Wombat

Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
Directed by Eva Di Cesare

The beloved, award-winning children’s book comes to the stage.

Picture book illustrations by Bruce Whatley

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now finally this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate (2014/15), Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage.

Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her.

Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!

Monkey Baa and a team of revered artists including Puppetry and Movement Director, Alice Osborne (War Horse 2012/13), Designer Imogen Ross (Hitler’s Daughter) and accomplished composer/cellist, Oonagh Sherrard use the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story for ages 3+ to the stage.

Winner of the 2016 Sydney Theatre Award for 'Best Production for Children' for The Peasant Prince, Monkey Baa Theatre Company has been creating inspiring, award-winning theatre for young people, touring from bush to coast and across the seas since 1997.

Monkey Baa is incapable of creating 'just for kids'. Brilliance is brilliance at any age.

Jackie French, Australian Children's Laureate 2014/15

Praise for previous Monkey Baa shows

"Vital, exuberant, aspirational, and inspirational." (The Peasant Prince)
Australian Stage full review

"A stimulating and valuable piece of theatre…. given the importance of the subject and the care with which it has been handled." (I am Jack)
Newcastle Herald

"The journey was spellbinding." (Hitler's Daughter)
The Gladstone Observer

"This production is fun-filled and entertaining and, as with all of monkey baa’s productions, a great way to introduce children to the theatre." (The Bugalugs Bum Thief)
Stage Whispers full review

Previous Tour

March to November, 2017


Director Eva di Cesare
Puppetry & Movement
Director Alice Osborne
Set and Costume Designer
Imogen Ross
Composer Oonagh Sherrard
Lighting Designer Matt Cox
Sound Designer Kingsley Reeve
Puppet Design & Construction
Bryony Anderson
Conceptualised by Sandra Eldridge,
Tim McGarry, Eva Di Cesare
Cast Shondelle Pratt, Michael Cullen,
Julia Ohannessian
Cellist Mary Rapp


If you are interested in touring get in contact!

Arts on Tour
02 8038 1880