Monkey Baa Theatre presents Possum Magic- MPAC & Geelong Arts

by | Mar 13, 2024

Monkey Baa Theatre Company is delighted to bring the magical stage adaptation of Mem Fox and Julie Vivas’ Possum Magic to the Geelong Arts Centre and Monash Performing Arts Centre in April 2024.

Possum Magic has captivated young readers for generations and this magical production has already enchanted over 170,000 audience members across Australia. Featuring spellbinding magic, puppetry and original music, Monkey Baa’s award-winning team has turned the whimsical world of the book into an exciting live experience for audiences aged 3-8 and their families.

Monkey Baa has assembled an astounding team of creatives to help bring the book to life, including production designer Emma Vine (Spamalot), award-winning composer and sound designer Nate Edmondson (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), and magic and illusion designer Adam Mada (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). 

Audiences will meet Grandma Poss, who loves making magic. She makes wombats blue and kookaburras pink. She makes dingoes smile and emus shrink. But one day, when danger arrives in the form of a snake, Grandma uses her most magical spell to make Hush invisible. Hush has many wonderful adventures. But being invisible isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Hush longs to see herself again.

One problem, Grandma Poss can’t find the spell to make Hush visible again, until then she remembers… this particular magic requires something more, something special, something to do with food… people food! Join Grandma Poss and Hush as they embark on a whimsical journey to cities around Australia to find the food that makes Hush visible again.

Director Sandra Eldridge said, “It’s tremendously exciting to bring one of Australia’s most loved iconic stories to the stage, and we are honoured to have the support of Mem and Julie. With this show, we really wanted to highlight how important it is for young people to find their own voice and visibility, and for those who are older to encourage and support their journey because it leads us somewhere new too.”

Author Mem Fox said, “Back in 1978, when I wrote a children’s story as a university assignment, I’d have died of joy if I’d known it would eventually become Possum Magic…now a play! And although I’m as old as Grandma Poss, I’m as excited as a child.”

5-7 April 2024 


Image Clare Hawley

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