The 13-Storey Treehouse

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The 13-Storey Treehouse

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 21 May - 22 May 2014

By Richard Tulloch

Adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Directed by Julian Louis

Would you please welcome to the stage…. Andy and Terry!

Yes that’s right. Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling book, the one and only, super- famous, ultra- brilliant The 13-Storey Treehouse has been turned into an equally brilliant show for the theatre… AND YOU’RE INVITED!

Curtain up! Today’s the day. There’s just one problem. They forgot to write it! And where will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys, and a giant gorilla?

Luckily the theatre has an extensive prop and costume collection and some very impressive stage technology.

Direct from its sell-out premiere season at the Sydney Opera House and adapted by Richard Tulloch (The Book of Everything, Bananas in Pyjamas), The 13-Storey Treehouse is brought to life by a seriously funny cast and magical moments of theatrical wizardry. Just remember to “USE YOUR IMAGINATION!”

 “My eight year old co- reviewer loved the show…has the kids engaged and amused from the outset.”  – The Australian

 “Wow!…goes to the edge of the ridiculous to get a laugh.” – Sydney Morning Herald


From the Education Coordinator…
The ‘theatrical’ nature of this popular book makes it perfect for adaptation into a stage play. The fact that this has now been done, and by no less than award-winning playwright Richard Tulloch, makes this production a not-to-be missed event both for Andy Griffith’s fans and for fans of humour, adventure and creativity in general! The improvised feel of the storyline will draw students in and make them feel like they’re part of the action. They will really go on the journey with the 2 boys as they attempt to make up a play on the spot, encountering obstacles and figuring out how to overcome them. Learning opportunities here are plentiful – but more importantly – so is FUN.

Dates & Times:
12:00pm, Wednesday 21 May
10:00am, Thursday 22 May
12:00pm, Thursday 22 May

Student/Additional Teacher $20*
*Transaction fees may apply

Writer and playwright, Richard Tulloch, shares his insights on adapting novels for performance on the stage with Kids’ Book Review. See the full interview here.


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

Primary Education 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.

Please find a range of helpful teaching resources related to The 13-Storey Treehouse, below:

The 13-Storey Treehouse – Curriculum Links

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Ticket Prices

Student/Teacher $20

Transaction fees apply

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