Edward the Emu

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 28 April - 30 April 2022
Category Kids & Families

Riverside Theatres presents
A Monkey Baa Theatre Company production
Based on the picture books by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement
Written for the stage and directed by Eva Di Cesare

The award-winning creative team from Monkey Baa Theatre Company are back with a brand-new take on another much-loved tale, Edward the Emu. More than an adaptation, this is a unique imagining of two beloved picture books, Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu, combining the plights of both emus in one heartfelt, clever and funny new tale.

Edward is bored with his lot. Being the only emu at the zoo has left him feeling glum and under the impression that the grass is greener in everyone else’s enclosure. Maybe being a seal, or a lion, or a snake might be a better option in life for a lonely bird? Convinced that the other creatures are more popular, Edward breaks ranks and goes to find the fun and along the way, finds Edwina! Written for the stage by Monkey Baa’s Artistic Director Eva Di Cesare (Diary of a Wombat, Josephine Wants to Dance) we follow the emus as they hilariously navigate their own feathered existential crises, seeking to find their place in the world. Meanwhile, unaware of the birds’ internal worlds, their human keepers are in hot pursuit to restore order to the zoo.

With exceptional, world-class puppet creation from Bryony Anderson and Alice Osborne’s puppetry direction, an original score from composer/sound designer Nate Edmondson, set and costume design by Isabel Hudson (Best Stage Design of An Independent Production, 2020 Sydney Theatre Award), lighting design by Matt Cox and inventive storytelling from Di Cesare, the emus’ journey of hijinks and tenderness leads them to discover that the best thing you can be is …. you!

Monkey Baa Theatre Company has been creating classic, much-loved productions for young people for over 20 years. Edward the Emu carries on the vision to make theatre an intrinsic part of young people’s lives with the quality, humour and heart that has made Monkey Baa a favourite of families across Australia.

Suitable for ages 4 – 9 and their families

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Please Note
*Please apply for the Education Ticket Subsidy via the Online School Subsidy booking link. Your subsidy request is dependent on your schools ICSEA score.

Riverside Theatres is a registered COVID Safe venue with the NSW Government. The health and safety of all Riverside patrons and staff is at the forefront of all our operations. Our policies are consistently reviewed and will be updated in line with NSW Health guidelines and advice. Please review our Conditions of Entry & Patron Safety page prior to attending Riverside Theatres for the most up-to-date information.

If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email boxoffice_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

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Writer & Director for the Stage
Eva Di Cesare

Set and Costume Design
Isabel Hudson

Puppetry Director
Alice Osborne

Composer and Sound Design
Nate Edmondson

Lighting Design
Matt Cox

Sandra Eldridge

Assistant Director
Warwick Doddrell

Puppetry Designer & Maker
Bryony Anderson

Rod Clement

(Early Stage 1 – Stage 2)

From the Program Coordinator…
Monkey Baa’s expertise in producing book adaptations will be evident when you witness the gorgeous books, Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu on stage. The stunning puppetry and expert storytelling will ignite your students’ senses as they experience these familiar stories and see them in a new light. I encourage you to utilise Monkey Baa’s pre-show, in-school workshops to enhance your students’ live theatre experience and get their literacy learning juices flowing!

Monkey Baa Schools Workshops
Monkey Baa Theatre is offering a limited number of FREE in-schools workshops for schools that book tickets to Edward the Emu. If interested, please indicate this when booking.

Curriculum Links and Resources
Download the Curriculum Links here: Edward The Emu Curriculum Links
Download the Education Resource here: 2022 Edward the Emu Education Resource

Schools Bookings
1 teacher free for every 20 students booked.
For further information and to book please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 02 8839 3308 or email education_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au, or fill in our Schools Bookings Form here.

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Dates and Times:

Thursday 28 April 2022 at 10:15am
Thursday 28 April 2022 at 12:30pm
Friday 29 April 2022 at 10:15am – Relaxed Performance
Friday 29 April 2022 at 12:30pm

Saturday 30 April 2022 at 11am


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Friday 29 April 2022 at 10:15am


50 minutes (no interval)

Ticket Prices

Full Price
Concession $32
Child 15&U $29
Full Price
Concession $37
Child 15&U $33
Family of 4
Group 8+ $35
Schools Ticket Subsidy Students/Teachers* $10

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Web $4.60
Counter $4.60
School Bookings $4.60
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