Opera Australia’s innovative production of The Rabbits comes to Sydney, opening on January 14, 2016 and running till January 24, 2016 at the Roslyn Packer Theatre. Suitable for families and children aged 8+, the production has already had great success at the Perth Festival and during its Melbourne season earlier this year. It won four Helpmann Awards, including Best New Australian Work, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Presentation for Children.
John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s haunting picture book captivates both children and adults, with its bold pictures and deeply moving story of progress, displacement and culture clash. Now, Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company have assembled some of Australia’s foremost creative talents to transform this story into a new opera. Adapted and directed by John Sheedy, Gabriela Tylesova’s sets and costumes realise Tan’s pictures in all of their mystical wonder, while Lally Katz transforms Marsden’s spare poetry into an enchanting libretto. Singer Kate Miller-Heidke also performs in the production for which she wrote the score, with musical supervision, arrangements and additional music by Iain Grandage.
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