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Performance dates & times

Wednesday 31 Jul
10:30 AM & 1:00 PM
Thursday 1 Aug
10:30 AM & 1:00 PM*
Friday 2 Aug
10:30 AM & 1:00 PM

*Auslan interpreted performance

Running Time 55 minutes (no interval)

Price range

Per student

One teacher for every 10 students will be admitted free of charge.

To apply for a First Call Fund subsidy for this program, click here.

SUITABILITY: Years 2 - 8
Warning: Strobe lighting and theatrical haze

When the dice is always loaded against you how do you move forward?

Join us for an extraordinary journey to a world of imagination where origami boats take you on an ocean voyage, giant fish host musical interludes, and parades pass you by. This is the story of a young girl living inside her bedroom and how she conquers her fears and anxieties, finally embracing hope and taking control of the world that has always been around her.

Multi-award winning writer Hilary Bell and ARIA award-winning songwriter and composer Greta Gertler Gold were commissioned by National Theatre of Parramatta to adapt Shaun Tan’s award-winning book, The Red Tree, into a new work of music theatre.

Led by director Neil Gooding this production takes audiences on a journey where our heroine doesn’t want to get out of bed, but discovers that an exciting world is waiting and that it’s OK to feel different.

The score fuses pop, classical and traditional musical theatre elements with sound design and digital recording technology in an exciting, contemporary fashion.

Shaun Tan’s The Red Tree won the Patricia Wrightson prize in the NSW Premier’s Book Awards, and was awarded the ‘le Prix Octogones 2003’ prize by the Centre International d’Etudes en Literature de Jeunesse, following its translation into French.

Produced by arrangement with Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Classroom Connections

Curriculum Links

Learning Areas Capabilities
The Arts Critical and Creative Thinking
English Personal and Social
 Health and Physical Education  

Themes and Ideas

  • Emotions
  • Anxiety
  • Facing Fears
  • Hope
  • Empathy
  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Puppetry
  • Musicals

Teaching Resources

Coming Soon!


Nicola Bowman
Musical Director
Greta Gertler Gold
Luke Escombe, Jess Ciampa


Book and Lyrics
Hilary Bell
Greta Gertler Gold
Neil Gooding
Set and Costume Design
James Browne
Lighting Design
Verity Hampson
Video Media Design
Mic Gruchy
Audio Design
David Grigg
Additional Sound Design and Musical Arrangements
Adam D Gold
Musician 'Wonderful Things' Recording
Barney McAll
Polly Low
Puppetry Consultant
Fiona Gentle
Samantha Hickey
Puppet and Prop Maker
Aesha Henderson

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