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.
Past tours: The Unknown Soldier, I 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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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 –
Mary Rapp (cellist)
Gallery of Past Productions
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.
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.