The Secret Life of Suitcases

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“Completely delightful” ★★★★

- The Scotsman

The Secret Life of Suitcases

Arts Centre Melbourne presents Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker’s presents

The Secret Life of Suitcases

Originally co-produced by the Unicorn Theatre

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 the door 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 that takes 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.

“A fantastical life-changing journey... a constant stream of delightfully quirky surprises.” ★★★★ – The Herald (Scotland)



The Secret Life of Suitcases is the second collaboration between Ailie Cohen and Playwright and Director Lewis Hetherington.

They bonded over a love of creating theatre that uses objects, puppets and pictures to tell beautiful original stories which engage with the world we live in, and are full of heart, fun and magic.

They make work which is an invitation into fantastic and colourful story worlds which celebrate the extraordinary nature of the ordinary. Combining minimal, poetic text, a sumptuous handcrafted aesthetic and engaging characters they make work which lasts long in the imagination and memories of those who see it.

By Lewis Hetherington and Ailie Cohen
Directed by Lewis Hetherington
Designed by Ailie Cohen
Devised with Rick Conte
Soundtrack by Niroshini Thambar


12 & 13 August

Saturday 12 August
10am, 12pm & 3pm

Sunday 13 August
10am & 12:30pm

Relaxed performance
Saturday 12 August, 10am

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval


Fairfax Studio


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Recommended for ages 4+

WheelchairAssistive Hearing

RPRelaxed performance
12 August, 10am
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.
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