The Owl’s Apprentice

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Riverside Theatres presents

The Owl’s Apprentice

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 27 September - 28 September 2016

The story of a young owl learning to become wise

On his journey, owl meets an echidna, a wombat, a kookaburra, a lyrebird, a kangaroo and a platypus who each share with him their own special kind of wisdom.

The Owl’s Apprentice is an interactive show combining puppetry and physical comedy that poses questions with the aim of extending young minds.

Recommendation: Ages 4 – 8 years

Download a colouring-in sheet here: The Owl’s Apprentice Colouring In

Relaxed Performance Tuesday 27 September 12:30pm

Dates & Times:
Tuesday 27 September 10am (Sold Out) & 12:30pm (Limited Availability), 2:30pm (Sold Out)
Wednesday 28 September 10am (Limited Availability) & 12:30pm

Please note, children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times, including performances and workshops. Riverside Theatres is not responsible for the supervision of children.


A special relaxed performance The Owl’s Apprentice will be held for children with additional needs, or anyone who might benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere. Modifications to this performance include the option to enter the performance space early, house lights being kept on during the performance, an introduction by the performers to aid with comprehension and sudden loud noises or lighting states reduced or removed. Patrons will be welcome to come and go as needed. Children will also be able to meet the performers before the performance begins to ensure they are comfortable and relaxed during the show. A social story for each performance is available to download from our website.

The dedicated relaxed performance of The Owl’s Apprentice is Tuesday 27 September 12:30pm.

Download The Owl’s Apprentice social story here: The Owl’s Apprentice Social Story

Riverside is committed to making theatre accessible for all people. We are happy to be able to offer the following services to assist patrons.

Wheelchairs – Riverside offers level access and space for wheelchairs in all venues. Spaces are limited, however, so booking is required. Please let the Box Office know when booking.

Courtesy Wheelchairs – A limited number of courtesy wheelchairs (standard manual wheelchairs) are available for loan if required.

Accessible Toilets

Parking – Limited paid parking is available at the venue for patrons with a current disability parking permit. Please note, there is a $5 fee for parking and pre-booking is essential, as there are limited spaces available.

• Guide Dogs or any animals trained to assist people with disabilities are welcome. Please let the Box Office know when booking.

• Hearing Assistance – Riverside has installed new state-of-the-art hearing systems in all three theatres to assist patrons who are hearing impaired. Please let Box Office know when booking.

• National Relay Service – Users who are deaf or who have a hearing impairment can call (at no cost) through the National Relay Service TTY users phone 13 36 77, then ask for 8839 3399. Speak and Listen (speech-to-speech relay) users phone 1300 555 727, then ask for 8839 3399. Internet relay users connect NRS ( and then ask for 8839 3399.

• NSW Companion Card – Recognised for all performances held at Riverside Theatres.


$12 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)
Vacation Care Groups – Please download and fill out the booking form



    All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Riverside’s risk assessment can be downloaded here and education support materials (where provided) are available below.
    Fax or email your booking form to Riverside Education
    Fax: 02 9683 3267
    Scan and email:
    Mail: 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 a tax invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking forms.
    Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a non-refundable $125 deposit. Carers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio. Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure.
    Final payment. Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 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.
    Final information sent to vacation care group. You will be issued a booking confirmation instead of individual tickets. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form, as we will use this to notify you of changes to the performance running time or other important information.
    We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 minutes prior to your performance. We will seat each group individually to ensure students sit with their carers. Please note all bookings made within 4 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 call 8839 3308.


Make your trip to the theatre a day out for your group! If the children need to have a run around or eat their lunch after the show, the theatre is across the road from Prince Alfred Square and the Old King’s Parade Grounds. Also, there is a fantastic children’s playground only a short stroll along Parramatta River. In wet weather, Riverside has an undercover Courtyard and a covered entrance walkway where your group could eat their lunch. We recommend high visibility tabards, hats or wristbands to identify children in your group.

For some children, this may be their first experience with live theatre. For many, this can be very exciting and we want all patrons coming to the theatre to have the best theatre experience possible. Please click here to see our “Guide to Theatre Etiquette’ for suggestions about appropriate behaviour and how to make the most of your trip.


Riverside is committed to providing access to quality arts experiences for all. This includes patrons with disability and special needs. Here are some specific access points Riverside can provide:

RELAXED PERFORMANCES where the “rules” of theatre are modified to allow people with Autism or other special needs to enjoy the performance in a safe and welcoming environment. The modifications include opening the doors to the theatre early to allow the children to find their seats, lights being dimmed but not turned off throughout, children are allowed to leave the theatre as needed and loud noises or bright lights are removed from the performance.

WHEELCHAIR AND LEVEL ACCESS is available in all our venues. Please notify us if this is required when making a booking.

ACCESSIBLE BATHROOMS are available at each end of the foyer.

HEARING SYSTEMS and HEADSETS are available. Please ask at the time of booking.

SOCIAL STORIES introduce your children to what they can expect when they arrive at the theatre helping to alleviate anxiety. Download the social story for Riverside Theatre here: Riverside Social Story

For more information on access at Riverside Theatre please click here.


MapSafe and easy bus drop off/pick up is immediately behind the theatre in the Market Street bus stops. The theatre is accessible by train, bus and ferry. For more details about getting to Riverside click here or call the Transport Info Line: 131 500.


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Approximately 50 minutes including Q&A (No interval)

Ticket Prices

Sidekicks Members $14
Single Tickets $16
Groups 4+ $14.50

Transaction fees apply

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