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An epic tale of adventure, friendship and Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.

A Not So Traditional Story delighted families last year when it performed in Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio.

This is a story with a little bit of truth and a little bit of make believe, one might say A Not So Traditional Story. Once upon a time two kids, Wurangkili (who is keen on adventure) and Timita (who takes a bit of convincing), are crashed upon by an Alien from a faraway land. Join them as they embark on a quest across the island of lutruwita (Tasmania) in search of the ‘oldest of old elders’, meeting up with some hilarious and unique friends along the way.

Created by the renowned Terrapin Puppet Theatre, A Not So Traditional Story uses masks, shadow puppetry and physical theatre to tell an important story of culture, identity, bravery and friendship. This beautiful and funny production was written by award-winning playwright Nathan Maynard, a Trawlwoolway, Pakana/Palawa man from lutruwita/Tasmania.



“Theatre with so much heart… buoyed by a mischievous sense of fun.”

The Age


Wominjeka to Arts Centre Melbourne. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the place now called Victoria, and all First Peoples living and working on this land. We celebrate the history and contemporary creativity of the world's oldest living culture and pay respect to Elders – past, present and future.


Cast & Creatives

Cast: Jordy Gregg, Craig Lane-Irons, Nathan Maynard and Denni Proctor
Writer: Nathan Maynard
Director: Sam Routledge
Composer: Matthew Fargher
Set and Costume Design: Michelle Boyde
Lighting Designer: Nick Higgins
Puppet Design and Construction: Bryony Anderson and Denni Proctor
Backdrop Design and Construction: Michelle Maynard
Basket and Water Carrier Construction: Lillian Wheatley
Creation Story and Character Design: Lillian Wheatley
Production Manager: Simon Rush


Watch the making of A Not So Traditional Story

How does a theatre show get made? Terrapin Puppet Theatre take us behind the scenes.


Commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne, Kickstart Arts and Tasmanian Department of Education.


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