The Secret Life of Suitcases

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“A fantastical life-changing journey... the sheer craft and invention is a constant stream of delightfully quirky surprises” ★★★★

- The Herald

The Secret Life of Suitcases

Arts Centre Melbourne presents Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker’s. Originally co-produced by the Unicorn Theatre presents

The Secret Life of Suitcases

Larry’s got no time for fun, but that’s all about to change...

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order. Everything in its place, a place for everything.

But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door. A suitcase with a tiny label. A tiny label with Larry’s name on it. And this suitcase has a mission...

Join Larry in The Secret Life of Suitcases as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase taking him further than he ever thought possible. Follow Larry’s journey as he discovers the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again.

This funny and enchanting puppet show was originally co-produced by the Unicorn Theatre, London.

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Themes / Ideas explored

  • Identity
  • Emotions and Feelings
  • Travel and Holidays
  • Transport and Movement
  • Adventure
  • Space
  • Routine and Patterns
  • Puppetry

Curriculum Links:

 Learning Areas  Capabilities

The Arts

  • Drama
  • Media Arts
  • Visual Arts

Critical and Creative Thinking

 English  Personal and Social

The Humanities

  • Civics and Citizenship (levels 3 and 4)


By Lewis Hetherington and Ailie Cohen 
Director Lewis Hetherington 
Designer Ailie Cohen 
Devised with Rick Conte 
Soundtrack by Niroshini Thambar 
Originally co-produced by the Unicorn Theatre


8 – 11 August
(Term 3)

8 August, 1pm
9 August, 10.30am & 1pm
10 August, 10.30am & 1pm
11 August, 10.30am & 1pm*

Duration: 50 minutes plus 10 minute post-show Q&A

Price range



Years Prep–4


Fairfax Studio


WheelchairAssistive Hearing

Auslan Interpreted 
AUSLAN interpreted performance for schools on Friday 11 August at 1pm