Mr Stink

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“boisterous fun…the young audience … thoroughly enjoy[ed] this quality production.”

- The Daily Telegraph

Mr Stink

Arts Centre Melbourne presents a CDP Kids Production presents

Mr Stink

David Walliams’ award-winning book comes to life on stage!

"Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…”

It all starts when Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Sure he smells a bit, but he’s the only person who’s ever been nice to her. So when Mr Stink needs a place to stay, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed.

Now Chloe's got to make sure no one finds out her secret. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye…or the nose…

The team behind The 13- 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses live on stage return with this touching, twisted and hilarious, and very smelly tale…hold on to your nose!

Teacher's Resources Download Link
The World of David Walliams
Schoolzone - The World of David Walliams
Mr Stink Visual Story


Themes / Ideas explored

  • Homelessness
  • Empathy and Kindness
  • Charity
  • Bullying
  • Family
  • Friendship
  • Identity and Belonging
  • Self-Expression

Curriculum Links:

 Learning Areas  Capabilities

The Arts

  • Drama

Critical and Creative Thinking


Personal and Social

The Humanities

  • Civics and Citizenship (Levels 3 and 4)


Health and Physical Education

  • Personal, Social and Community Health


David Walliams – Book Author
David Walliams is an actor and writer best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi-award-winning television sketch show Little Britain. He has now taken the children’s literary world by storm. He is the biggest selling UK children’s author to debut this century – his books have been translated into forty languages and have sold over four million copies in the UK alone, which means that he ranks alongside JK Rowling as one of Britain’s leading children’s authors, and he has developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl. 

Maryam Master – Playwright
Maryam Master has almost 20 years’ experience writing for young audiences. Her adaptation of David Walliams’ best-selling children’s novel, Mr Stink, premiered at the Sydney Opera House in April 2016. In 2014 she wrote the stage adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ book The Incredible Book Eating Boy, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House then went on to tour nationally and internationally. Maryam has also written Lah Lah’s Big Live Band, which debuted to sold-out audiences at the Opera House Concert Hall, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and Jingle Bell Jazz (SOH Babies Proms), and Staging Stories, an interactive workshop for Sydney Opera House’s digital learning program. She is currently working on bringing Leigh Hobbs’ beloved character Horrible Harriet to the stage.

Jonathan Biggins – Director
Jonathan Biggins won the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his production of Avenue Q. Other credits include Noises Off and The Republic of Myopia for Sydney Theatre Company, Flatfoot for Ensemble Theatre, Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera Australia and Opera South Australia, Pete the Sheep for Monkey Baa, which earned a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Presentation for Children, for Sydney Theatre Company’s Actor on a Box series The Tale Maker and The Luck Child, which won the 2012 Sydney Critics Award for Best Children's Theatre Work, and also a touring production of Australia Day for Hit Productions.

Creative credits

A play by Maryam Master
Based on the book by David Walliams
Directed by Jonathan Biggins
Set Design: James Browne
Costume Design: Lucy Scott
Sound Design: Daryl Wallis
Lighting Design: Nicholas Higgins
Choreographer/Puppetry: Shondelle Pratt

Photography by Heidrun Lohr (images from the original cast, Sydney Opera House season)

CDP Kids


28 – 30 March
(Term 1)

28 March, 10:30am
29 March, 10:30am & 1pm
30 March, 10:30am & 1pm

Duration: 60 min

Price range



Years 1-6




WheelchairAssistive Hearing

Auslan Interpreted 
AUSLAN interpreted performance for schools on Thursday 30 March at 1pm

WARNING: This production uses theatrical haze