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DIARY OF A WOMBAT

Based on the book by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley

Produced by Monkey Baa Theatre Company

From Sydney, Australia

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now this iconic work, written by Australian Children’s Laureate (2014 – 2015) Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley, comes to the stage.

 

Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, trash bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!

 

This delightful non-verbal adaptation features puppetry, movement, and live cello music- from a team of revered artists including Puppetry and Movement Director, Alice Osborne (War Horse), Designer Imogen Ross (Monkey Baa's 2013 production Hitler’s Daughter) and accomplished composer/cellist, Oonagh Sherrard.
 

DIARY OF A WOMBAT was jury-selected and performed a full showcase at the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) conference in Philadelphia in January 2018.
 

Best for Grades: K - 3rd

Audience Size: Small - Large Venues

Please contact us to watch the full length archival recording.

 

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Company Background

Past tours: The Unknown SoldierI am Jack and Hitler’s Daughter

Three actors sitting in a Sydney coffee shop on a wet and windy April morning in 1997 seems an unlikely place for the birth of a theatre company, but that’s exactly where the seeds of Monkey Baa Theatre Company were born. Since then, we have been creating inspiring, award-winning theatre with young people at the heart of everything we do.
 

In offering work for young audiences, we take a “whole of childhood” approach, creating plays and arts education programs for ages 3-18 and providing professional development opportunities for teachers. We strive to ensure that young people, wherever they are located and whatever their economic circumstances, have the opportunity to share in fantastic theatre experiences that reflect their own lives.

 

We are Australia’s widest reaching touring company. With over 25 national tours to 135 regional and remote communities across Australia, 4 international tours and over 2,500 performances, we have engaged over 1.3 million young people. The company has received multiple awards including the 2007 Helpmann Award, the 2007 Drover for Touring Excellence and the 2006 Drover for Audience Development for Hitler's Daughter. The company won the 2010 Helpmann Award for Thursday's Child, the 2011 Glug Award for Fox, 2017 Glug Award and Sydney Critics award for The Peasant Prince, and the 2017 Sydney Theatre Awards' Special Award for 20 years of outstanding achievement.

 

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Artistic Team

Director – Eva Di Cesare

Puppetry and Movement Director – Alice Osborne

Set and Costume Designer – Imogen Ross

Composer – Oonagh Sherrard

Lighting Designer – Matt Cox

Sound Designer – Kingsley Reeve

Puppetry Design and Construction – Bryony Anderson

Concept Team – Sandra Eldridge, Tim McGarry, and Eva Di Cesare
Touring Performers –
Kailah Cabanas
Michael Cullen
Samantha Hickey
Mary Rapp (cellist)

Critical Acclaim

 

"As with other Monkey Baa Theatre Company productions, this beautiful work is for young people but it does not talk down to them...Its timed to be just the right length for little people to remain engaged and it allows for a level of interaction which actually proves quite delightful for the adults in the audience as well as they recapture their own youth through the childrens' joy. Whilst this is designed for children, I believe that this is suitable for all ages particularly those with a sense of wonder, that want to consider how we interact with the world around us, particularly nature, and those that love animals, especially wombats."

"Narrated by cello and brought to life beautifully by Mothball’s puppetry, this is a delightful little play."
 

"This play captured a playfulness that kids love...Works like this can help children let their imagination run away with them, enabling them to engage with their own creativity. Diary of a Wombat is a must see!"

"The professionalism and sophistication of this production shines through in all its elements, from the atmospheric lighting, the clever set, spot on sound engineering and inventive props, not to mention the adept usage of special effects to create a series of wide-eyed moments for the audience...overall, there was a feeling of excitement and awe every time the wombat appeared, coupled with the kind of laughter, random outbursts and signs of abandon you would expect from children engaged in the moment and loving what they see. As a children's author, a reviewer and above all, a mother, it was a joy to behold."

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2018/2019 Dates

 
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Curriculum Connections

  • Science: Animals and the Environment, Wombats, Sustainability

  • Fine Arts: Puppetry, Drama, Music, Visual Arts and Design

  • Language Arts: Literacy, Creative Thinking, Adapting a book into a play

 

Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Load In Time: 5 hours (with prehang)

  • Crew Needs: 4 crew during load in (1 stage crew, 1 sound, and 2 Lights); 1 Sound crew during run. 2 stage crew during load out.

  • Min. Stage Size: 33ft width x 23ft depth x 15 ft ht. 3ft of wing space on both sides. White CYC.

  • Load Out Time: 2 hrs

 

Outreach and Workshops

Post-show Talk Back Available
 The company can offer a brief post-show talk back (usually 10 minutes), if requested by the presenter in advance.
 

Workshops:
A Monkey Baa Teaching Artist may be available to deliver pre or post show in school workshops for participating schools. Please connect with us about Teaching Artist activities that best engage your teachers and schools. 

Sensory Friendly Performances:

This performance is available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue. The company can also provide a "Tactile Tour" if requested in advance.