Monkey Baa Theatre Company

Edward the Emu 2022

Based on the picture books by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement
Written for the stage and directed by Eva Di Cesare


The award-winning Monkey Baa team brings to the stage a clever and funny new imagining, combining two classic Australian books - Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu. Both wonder if there is more to life than being an emu but after adventures beyond their enclosures, they discover that the best thing you can be is…you!

PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS MONKEY BAA SHOWS

 “This production is an experience to treasure and take with you to bedtime. Young or old, Possum Magic brings the paper and ink to life in a glorious way that children obviously adore and carers remember with genuine love and affection" (Possum Magic) Judith Greenaway, Arts Hub

 "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

"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

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

“Josephine Wants to Dance is a well-crafted, incredibly intelligent work... As with Monkey Baa's other works, this production respects its audience intelligence and inquisitiveness, presenting the work with an honesty within the fantasy.” (Josephine Wants to Dance) Broadway World

ABOUT THE SHOW

Edward is bored with his lot. Being the only emu at the zoo has left him feeling glum and under the impression that the grass is greener in everyone else’s enclosure. Maybe being a seal, or a lion, or a snake might be a better option in life for a lonely bird? Convinced that the other creatures are more popular, Edward breaks ranks and goes to find the fun and along the way, finds Edwina! We follow the emus as they hilariously navigate their own feathered existential crises, seeking to find their place in the world. Meanwhile, unaware of the birds’ internal worlds, their human keepers are in hot pursuit to restore order to the zoo.

This work includes world-class puppetry, an original score and spoken word, and explore themes around envy, identity, belonging and self-belief.

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Monkey Baa is Australia’s widest-reaching touring company for young audiences. Over 22 years, the company has conducted over 28 national tours to 138 regional and remote communities across Australia, undertaken 4 international tours, delivered 3,200 performances and engaged with over 1.5 million young people!

 Monkey Baa’s mission is to create, present and share uniquely Australian stories that embrace social and cultural connectivity, celebrate Australia’s rich cultural heritage, challenge and inspire. By touring its award-winning productions and high-quality education programs, the company strives to ensure that young people, wherever they are located and whatever their economic circumstances, have the opportunity to share in fantastic theatre experiences that reflect their own lives.

 

AWARDS

2019   Glug Award – The Penny Cook Award for Most Outstanding Production for Children – Possum Magic 

2019   Glug Award – Josephine Wants to Dance

2019   Sydney Theatre Award – Josephine Wants to Dance

2018   Glug Award - Diary of A Wombat

2017   Sydney Theatre Awards – For 20 years of Service to the Children and Young People of Australia

2017   Drover Award – The Peasant Prince Tour of the Year

2016   Sydney Theatre Awards – The Peasant Prince

2016   Glug Award – The Peasant Prince

2015   Drover Award – APACA Touring Legend

2015   Glug Award – The Unknown Soldier

2014   Glug Award – Pete the Sheep

2011   Glug Award – Hitler’s Daughter

2010  Helpmann Award – Thursday’s Child

2010  Glug Award – FOX

2007  Helpmann Award – Hitler’s Daughter

2007  Drover Award – Touring Excellence

2006  Drover Award – Audience Development


PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS MONKEY BAA SHOWS

“This production is an experience to treasure and take with you to bedtime. Young or old, Possum Magic brings the paper and ink to life in a glorious way that children obviously adore and carers remember with genuine love and affection" (Possum Magic) Judith Greenaway, Arts Hub

"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

"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

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

“Josephine Wants to Dance is a well-crafted, incredibly intelligent work... As with Monkey Baa's other works, this production respects its audience intelligence and inquisitiveness, presenting the work with an honesty within the fantasy.” (Josephine Wants to Dance) Broadway World


FROM THE DIRECTOR

The time has come for the Emus to tell the story, their way. Featuring narrator Edwina at the helm, expect to be transported into the emus’ world with Edward’s antics, the ups and downs of the zoo’s colourful characters, all through a fusion of exquisite puppetry and music.

Eva Di Cesare

Touring

2022
April - August


CREDITS

Written for the stage by Eva Di Cesare  
Directed by Eva Di Cesare


If you are interested in touring get in contact!

Arts on Tour
280 381 880
touring@artsontour.com.au