Edward the Emu

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Edward the Emu

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 29 April - 01 May 2020
Category Live Event


All performances of Edward The Emu have been cancelled.

If you booked through Riverside Theatres, a member of our Box Office will contact ticket holders regarding refund options.

Riverside presents a Monkey Baa Theatre Company production
Based on the picture books by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement

The award-winning team behind Possum Magic and Josephine Wants to Dance return to bring the delightful, classic Australian picture books by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement to life on stage in this engaging new adaptation featuring puppetry.

Edward is bored. Being the only emu at the zoo has left him feeling glum and wondering if the grass is greener in another animal’s enclosure. Convinced the other creatures are more popular, he escapes and tries to find the fun.

While the zookeepers are in hot pursuit of him, hunting high and low for their much-loved feathered attraction, Edward manages to stay one-step ahead, until he decides that being an emu might be all right after all and heads home. However, when he returns to his pen a shocking and very welcome surprise awaits him…the wonderful Edwina the Emu has replaced him!

A journey of hilarity and tenderness leads the two emus to discover that the best thing you can be is yourself!

Suitable for ages 4 – 9 and their families

Written for the stage and directed by
Eva Di Cesare

Set and Costume Designer
Isabel Hudson

Puppetry Director
Alice Osborne

Composer and Sound Designer
Nate Edmondson

Lighting Designer
Matt Cox

Sandra Eldridge

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!

Available Extras

  1. Free in-school workshops run by Monkey Baa are available for school groups by request prior to the performance season. These are limited to the first few schools who express interest, so book early! Please enquire about availability on your booking form.
  2. A Drama as a Teaching Tool personal development workshop will be run at Riverside on Tuesday 24 March at 4pm. Please see the ‘Teachers Workshop’ tab for more information. Bookings are essential.

Curriculum Links and Resources

Download the Curriculum Links here: Edward The Emu Curriculum Links

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Access Points

Language: Easy
The text or dialogue used in this production is limited or simple.

Visual Cues
This production has strong visual cues giving students a different reference point for comprehension of the narrative or subject matter.

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Ticket Prices

Concession $24
30 & Under $22
18 & Under $18
Family of 4 $92
Additional Family Member $23
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30 & Under $28
18 & Under $23
Family of 4 $116
Additional Family Member $29
Groups 8+

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