Monkey Baa is thrilled to bring back its award-winning stage adaptation of the beloved Australian picture book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas, to celebrate its 40th birthday!
Mem Fox and Julie Vivas’ beloved picture book ‘Possum Magic’ has enchanted children for decades and Monkey Baa Theatre Company brings the paper and ink to life on stage once again!
Using a clever, nuanced palette of live action, stage magic, an original soundscape, elements of puppetry and projected animation, Monkey Baa’s award-winning creative team have translated the whimsical world of the book to a live experience for audiences 3–8 years (and their families).
Grandma Poss loves making magic. She makes wombats blue and kookaburras pink. She makes dingoes smile and emus shrink. But one day, when danger arrives in the form of a snake, Grandma uses her most magical spell to make Hush invisible. Hush has many wonderful adventures. But being invisible isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Hush longs to see herself again. One problem. Grandma Poss can’t find the spell to make Hush visible again. And then she remembers... this particular magic requires something more, something special, something to do with food... people food. Possum Magic takes us on a whimsical journey to cities around Australia to find the food that makes Hush visible again.
‘Pack your Grandma, pack your child, pack enough vegemite sandwiches and lamingtons for all and go and treat yourself to a bit of theatrical bush bewitchment with Possum Magic’
With well over 5 million copies sold, Australia’s top-selling picture book needs no introduction. Possum Magic has enchanted us all for generations. The award-winning adaptation (2019 Glug, Penny Cook Award for The Most Outstanding Production for Children) from Australia’s leading theatre company for young audiences, promises an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.
‘Tenderly made and visually delightful’ ★★★1/2
Monkey Baa makes great theatre for young people and for over 24 years we presented award-winning theatrical experiences that inspire and empower young people across Australia and internationally.
For the past decade, Monkey Baa has made its home on Gadigal, at the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre in Sydney. This is where we work, play and produce high-quality theatre. We are one of Australia’s widest touring companies with 28 national tours to 135 regional and remote communities, 5 international tours and over 3000 performances reaching over 1.5 million young people.
Nearly a quarter of a century of operation requires resilience and ingenuity. Much has changed since its inception in 1997 – particularly in the past 2 years – but Monkey Baa’s appetite for development, transformation and renewal remains the same.
Monkey Baa’s vision: a world where all young people are emboldened by creativity.
Monkey Baa’s mission: we empower young people to shape and navigate their lives through inspirational theatre and creative experiences.
MONKEY BAA AWARDS
2020 Glug Award – Possum Magic
2019 Glug 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 – Hitler’s Daughter
2006 Drover Award – Audience Development
Illustrations copyright © Julie Vivas 1983
New South Wales
Glen Street Theatre Belrose, NSW | Land of the Garigal People
26 Apr–29 April
Riverside Theatre Parramatta, NSW | Land of the Darug People
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Penrith, NSW | Land of the Darug People
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW | Land of the Cabrogal People of the Darug Nation
Goulburn Performing Arts Centre, NSW | Land of the Gundungurra People
Merrigong Theatre Company Wollongong, NSW | Land of the Dharawal (Thuruwul) People
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre Nowra, NSW | Land of the Dharawal and Yuun Peoples
Jetty Theatre Coffs Harbour, NSW | Land of the Gumbaynggirr People
Capitol Theatre Tamworth, NSW | Land of the Gamilaraay People
Manning Entertainment Centre Taree, NSW | Land of the Biripi People
The Art House Wyong, NSW | Land of the Darkinjung People
Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, NSW | Land of the Tubba-Gah & Wiradjuri Peoples
Orange Civic Theatre, NSW | Land of the Wiradjuri People
Griffith Regional Theatre, NSW | Land of the Wiradjuri People
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, NSW | Land of the Wiradjuri People
Glasshouse Theatre Port Macquarie, NSW | Land of the Birpai People
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, NSW | Land of the Wiradjuri People
Logan Entertainment Centre, QLD | Land of the Yagara and Yugambeh People
Redland Performing Arts Centre Cleveland, QLD | Land of the Quandamooka People
Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD | Land of the Cabrogal People of the Darug Nation
29 June–1 July
Empire Theatres Toowoomba, QLD | Land of the Jagera, Giabal and Jarowair People
Gympie Civic Centre, QLD | Land of the Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi, Butchulla and Wakka Wakka Peoples
Pilbeam Theatre Rockhampton, QLD | Land of the Darumbal People
Moncrieff Entertainment Centre Bundaberg, QLD | Land of the Taribelang People
Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, QLD | Land of the Yuiberra People
Burdekin Theatre Ayr, QLD | Land of the Bindal and Juru People
Riverlinks Venues Shepparton, VIC | Land of the Yorta Yorta Peoples
Swan Hill Town Hall Performing Arts Centre, VIC | Land of the Wamba Wamba People
Mildura Arts Centre, VIC | Land of the Ladji Ladji People
Portland Arts Centre, VIC | Land of the Gunditjmara, Jardwadjali and Bunganditj People
Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool, VIC | Land of the Gunditjmara People
Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre, VIC | Land of the Gulidjan and Gadubanud Peoples
West Gippsland Arts Centre Warragal, VIC | Land of the Gunaikurnai People
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub Bairnsdale, VIC | Land of the Gunaikurnai, Monero and the Bidawel People
Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, VIC | Land of the Gunditjmara, Tjap Wurrung and Buganditj People
Wyndham Cultural Centre Werribee, VIC | Land of the Bunurong and Wadawurrung Peoples
31 August-1 September
Bunjil Place Narre Warren, VIC | Land of the Bunurong Boon Wurrung & Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Peoples
Frankston Arts Centre, VIC | Land of the Bunurong People
Esperance Civic Centre, WA | Land of the Njunga People of the Noongar Nation
Octagon Theatre Perth, WA | Land of the Whadjuk Noongar People
Red Earth Arts Precinct Karratha, WA | Land of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi People
Arts Margaret River, WA | Land of the Wadandi People of the Noongar Nation
Albany Entertainment Centre, WA | Land of the Minang People of the Noongar Nation
Adelaide Festival Centre DreamBIG Festival, SA | Land of the Kaurna People
Darwin Entertainment Centre, NT | Land of the Larrakia People
Araluen Arts Centre Alice Springs, NT | Land of the Arrernte People
Theatre Royal Hobart, TAS | Land of the Muwinina People
Paranaple Arts Centre Devonport, TAS | Land of the Punnilerpanner People
Canberra Theatre Centre, ACT | Land of the Ngunnawal People
Director Sandra Eldridge
Adaptors Eva Di Cesare & Sandra Eldridge
Production Designer Emma Vine
Composer & Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Lighting Designer Matt Cox
Vision Animator David Bergman
Magic & Illusion Designer Adam Mada
Movement Director Sam Chester
Puppetry Director Alice Osborne
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.