Pete the Sheep

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 26 April - 28 April 2021
Category Live Event

Riverside Theatres presents
A Monkey Baa Theatre Company production
Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge & Tim McGarry
Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

Adapted by Monkey Baa in 2014 from the picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, with foot-tapping music and lyrics by Phil Scott and comedic direction by Jonathan Biggins, Pete the Sheep is a lively and mischievous award-winning musical for young audiences and their adults.

Shaun isn’t like the other Shearers in Shaggy Gully… he’d rather be styling than shearing and instead of ‘sheep-dog’, he has a ‘sheep-sheep’ named Pete. After being rejected by the shearers and their dogs, Shaun and Pete set up their own Shearing Salon in town and before long word is out and they are inundated with woolly clients and maybe a Ringer or two!

This hilarious show, imaginatively told by four performers playing shearers, dogs and sheep explores the challenges and rewards of being an individual and will be a lasting tribute to honoring your own spirit and strength, whilst working with the flock.

Please Note:
Tickets to this event are sold to 75% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. 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

The schools performance on Tuesday 27 April at 12:45pm will be a Relaxed Performance

*Please contact Box Office directly for group bookings of 8 or more, email or call 8839 3399.

Recommended for ages 4 – 9 years

2014 Production Photos by Heidrun Lohr
2016 Production Photos by Anna Kucera
Illustrations by Bruce Whatley

Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: reduced audience capacity; social distancing; wearing face masks; mandatory Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces; and dedicated COVID Safe Hygiene Marshals.

Please review our Patron Safety Information before you visit us at Riverside.

It is also important that if you are unwell you stay home, we have updated our ticket conditions and our Box Office team are available to talk through your exchange and refund options. You can contact the Box Office on 02 8839 3399 or email

Thank you for keeping our community safe.

“Monkey Baa’s take on ‘Pete the Sheep’ is a funny and engaging treat that goes beyond simply putting a picture-book favourite on the stage. There’s a chance that it will provide stimulus for real conversations about language and theatre and difference. And challenging the herd mentality.”Alanna Maclean, SMH

“French’s characters, and Bruce Whatley’s expressive illustrations of them, have been cunningly adapted for the stage by Eva De Cesare, Tim McGarry and Sandra Eldridge with foot-tapping music and funny lyrics created by the multi-talented Phil Scott. Add to this the much experienced and comedic imagination of Jonathan Biggins as director, and you can predict that there will be good theatre – as well as pace and wit and fun.”Carol Whimmer, Stage Whispers

“A truly Aussie tale–delightful, funny, iconic, warm and hilariously Ocker, from the lingo to the names to the shearers’ bluesinglets…”Kids Book Review, 2011


2019 Glug Award – The Penny Cook Award for Most Outstanding Production for Children – Possum Magic 2019 Glug Award – Josephine Wants to Dance
2019 Sydney Theatre Award – Josephine Wants to Dance
2018 Glug Award – Diary of a Wombat
2017 Sydney Theatre Awards – Special Award for 20 Years of Excellence and Extraordinary Service to the Children and Young People of Australia
2017 Drover Award – The Peasant Prince Tour of the Year
2016 Sydney Theatre Awards – The Peasant Prince
2016 Glug Award – The Peasant Prince
2015 Drover Award – APACA Touring Legend
2015 Glug Award – The Unknown Soldier
2014 Glug Award – Pete the Sheep
2011 Glug Award – Hitler’s Daughter
2010 Helpmann Award – Thursday’s Child
2010 Glug Award – FOX
2007 Helpmann Award – Hitler’s Daughter
2007 Drover Award – Touring Excellence
2006 Drover Award – Audience Development

Director Jonathan Biggins
Assistant Director Eva Di Cesare
Composer & Lyricist Phil Scott
Set & Costume Designer James Browne
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Writing Team Sandie Eldridge, Tim McGarry and Eva Di Cesare

(Stages ES1- 2)

According to the exemption under the public health order (COVID 19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 (NSW) under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), issued on February 1 2021, organised groups who enter a premises as part of a school, child care, aged care or disability group are not required to provide the premises with contact details of every person in their group. This is subject to the following conditions:

  • It is duty of the group organiser (teacher or carer) to keep an electronic record of the entire group and their contact details for 28 days after the event.
  • The group organiser must provide the premises (Riverside Theatres) with at least two contacts to make available to NSW Health.

Curriculum Links and Resources
Download the Curriculum Links here: Pete the Sheep Curriculum Links

Monkey Baa Schools Workshops
Monkey Baa Theatre is offering a limited number of FREE in-schools workshops for schools that book tickets to Pete the Sheep. If interested, please indicate this when booking.
Download more information about the workshops at: Monkey Baa 2021 Workshops

Schools Bookings
1 teacher free per 20 students.
For further information and to book please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 8839 3308 or email, or fill in our Schools Bookings Form here.

Riverside’s Risk Assessment & Covid Safe Plan
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Dates and Times:

Tickets can be purchased from Box Office, online, by phone on 8839 3399 or in person 1 hour prior to performances.

General Public Performance
Monday 26 April 2021 at 6:30pm (Opening Night)

Schools Performances – All schools performances include a Q&A with the artists after the performance.
Tuesday 27 April 2021 at 10:30am
Tuesday 27 April 2021 at 12:45pm (This will be a Relaxed Performance
Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 10:30am &
Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 12:45pm


50 minutes with no interval.
All schools performance include an additional Q&A after the performance.

Ticket Prices

Concession $28
30 & Under $26
18 & Under $22
Concession $31
30 & Under $28
18 & Under $25
Groups 8+* $31

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $4.60
Counter $4.60
School Bookings $4.60
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