Monkey Baa Theatre Company

Edward the Emu

Based on the picture books by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement.

Monkey Baa will work with some of the incredible artists who brought you Diary of a Wombat including Bryony Anderson (puppet maker) and Alice Osborne (puppetry director) to create another whimsical tale for the stage.

Monkey Baa is excited to announce their brand new production, Edward the Emu based on the hilarious picture books Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu by Sheena Knowles and Rob Clement.

Tired of his life as an emu, Edward decides to try being something else for a change. He tries swimming with seals. He spends a day lounging with lions. He even does a stint slithering with snakes. But Edward soon discovers that being an emu may be the best thing after all, so he heads back to his pen, only to find a big surprise awaiting him...Edwina the Emu!

This work will include spoken word and explore themes around envy, identity, belonging and self-belief.


Australia’s leading professional theatre company for young audiences, Monkey Baa Theatre Company is Australia’s widest-reaching touring company, having conducted over 26 national tours to 138 regional and remote communities across every state and territory of Australia, four international tours and over 2,800 performances, and engaged with over 1.3 million young people. Monkey Baa believes Australian stages should be filled with stories that represent all the extraordinary cultures living in this land, and that it’s important to create work that offers young people a truly multifaceted reflection of the world we all inhabit. Monkey Baa takes a “whole of childhood” approach, creating plays and arts education programs for ages 0-18, and providing professional development opportunities for teachers. 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.


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


"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

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