The Bugalugs Bum Thief

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Riverside Presents Monkey Baa Theatre Company

The Bugalugs Bum Thief

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 04 May - 06 May 2015

Based on the book by Tim Winton

Monkey Baa’s hilarious adaptation of The Bugalugs Bum Thief has toured across Australia, playing to over 100,000 young people. A decade later, this hysterical adventure returns to the stage for a new generation of young people and their families to enjoy.

Skeeta Anderson’s got a problem. He’s woken up without his bum. He soon realizes that he’s not the only one without a behind! All 496 citizens of the town of Bugalugs are BUMLESS!

Along with his best mates Mick Misery and Billy Marbles, Skeeta sets out on a side-splitting adventure to track down the culprit of the crime.

On the way we meet the colourful characters of Tim Winton’s much loved story including Skeeta’s mum and dad, Mick’s Mum the miserable Mrs Misery, Billy’s sister Mavis Marbles, the sleepy Constable Coma and the school teacher Mr Wally.

Join Skeeta and his friends in this ripper adventure that will have you singing along and laughing your own bum off!

And besides that, bums are funny!

Recommendation: 4 – 10 year olds and their families

ADsmall  Audio Described Performance: Wednesday 6 May 10am

Dates & Times:
Monday 4 May 1pm
Tuesday 5 May 10am & 12:30pm
Wednesday 6 May 10am & 12:30pm




$16 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)


What better way to achieve literacy outcomes than to make it all about bums? Your students will love this HILARIOUS stage adaptation, which uses plenty of fantastic visuals (the costumes are very funny!) along with lively movement and music to tell this Tim Winton classic. This fits in perfectly with the ‘Australian Literature’ content requirement in the English syllabus whilst also engaging students through the Creative Arts. They’ll be having such a great time – they won’t even realise they’re learning (and I won’t tell them if you don’t!).


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

Primary Schools Booking Form

All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us

Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:

Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail:
Mail: Amy Matthews, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking

Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment

Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools

A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!

Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $125 is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.


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Ticket Prices

Adult $24
Children Under 16 $16
Family of 4 $68
Student/Teacher $16

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00