Horrible Harriet

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“The kids show you must see that's anything but horrible."

- Ella's List

Horrible Harriet

Arts Centre Melbourne presents a CDP Kids Production presents

Horrible Harriet

A play by Maryam Master
Adapted from the books by Leigh Hobbs

Look out! Here comes Horrible Harriet. She’s wicked, wild and wonderful!

Horrible Harriet lives in the roof of her school and keeps teachers chained in the cellar to do her homework.
Harriet and the other children don’t see eye to eye – but all Harriet really wants is a friend.

The team behind the hit stage productions The 52-Storey Treehouse and Mr Stink bring the works of Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, to life on stage.

Join Harriet’s search for identity and friendship, with songs, laughs, mischievous fun - and Mr Chicken himself!

Leigh Hobbs

Your chance to meet the author!

Leigh Hobbs, Australian Children’s Laureate and author of the Horrible Harriet series will be signing books in our Playhouse foyer at the following times:
12 noon, Wednesday 27 September
1pm, Friday 29 September

Photo credit: Robert Littlewood

“There’s something universally appealing about all Hobbs’ creations... completely irresistible”  – The Age (Horrible Harriet book)

“highly enjoyable… a fun and wicked show”Australian Stage Online

“lifts Horrible Harriet well and truly off the page”Australian Stage Online

“Filled with songs, brilliant comedy and lots of fun, Hobbs’ hilarious and ultimately heart-warming story of friendship and identity is wonderfully brought to life in this theatrical adaptation”Alphabet Street

Download the Horrible Harriet visual story

Horrible Harriet Meet & Greet Terms and Conditions



Australia Council for the Arts

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Director: Liesel Badorrek
Playwright: Maryam Master
Designer : Mark Thompson
Sound Designer: Ross Johnston
Lighting / AV Designer: Nicholas Higgins

CDP Theatre Producers

CDP Theatre Producers is a boutique production house with an unsurpassed track record for developing new productions, putting ideas into action and for producing some of the best theatrical entertainment in Australia. CDP was recently described by The Age as "a reliable and prolific source of high-quality children's theatre” and tours work throughout Australia, New Zealand and internationally.

CDP's recent productions for children and families include world premiere adaptations of popular books The 13-Storey Treehouse, The 26-Storey Treehouse, The 52-Storey Treehouse, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Mr Stink along with the Australian premieres of The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom. In 2017, CDP will premiere a new adaptation of Australian Children's Laureate Leigh Hobbs' Horrible Harriet, The 78-Storey Treehouse and a new production of The Gruffalo. CDP is the proud winner of a number of awards including two Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Production for Children, a Drama Victoria Award, two Drover Awards, an Edinburgh Fringe First and a Helpmann Award.


27 – 30 September

Wednesday 27 September
11am & 2pm

Thursday 28 September
10am, 12pm & 3pm

Friday 29 September
10am and 12pm

Saturday 30 September
10am & 12pm

Auslan interpreted performance 
Friday 29 September, 12pm

Relaxed performance
Thursday 28 September, 12pm

Audio Described performance
Thursday 28 September, 12pm

Duration: 1 hr, no interval




Price range

Premium: $39
A Reserve: $32
B Reserve: $26

Ticket Delivery

A delivery fee may apply depending on your chosen delivery method:
Venue Collection or Regular Mail: FREE
Registered or Express Post: $5.50 per order

Service Charge

A $8.50 Service Charge applies per order to bookings made online or by phone, mail, fax and email.

Payment Processing Charge

Where indicated during the booking process, a per ticket charge applies of 1.05% of the advertised ticket price when:

  • paying by card or gift voucher online, which are the only payment methods available
  • paying by card in person, by phone or mail

Optional Express Ticket Delivery

A $5.50 per order charge applies if you wish to have tickets sent by Express or Registered Post.

All prices include GST.

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Recommended for ages 3 – 8

WheelchairAssistive Hearing

auslanAuslan Interpreted Performance
Friday 29 September, 3pm
Auslan interpreted performances are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the actors are saying or singing into Auslan signing the text and dialogue live.

RPRelaxed Performance
28 September, 12pm
In a Relaxed Performance, changes are made to levels of sound and lighting in order to eliminate surprise and lessens their impacts. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and moving around during the performance, with doors open and a designated quiet area available. A social story can be downloaded before your visit to help you familiarise audience members with the story-line, characters and venue.

Audio DescribedAudio Described Performance
28 September, 12pm
Audio description (AD) offers people who are blind or have low vision an understanding of what is happening visually within a performance. It is an additional narration that succinctly paints an image of transitions, movements, gestures, props, settings, costumes and scenery woven between the dialogues.