Urza and the Song in the Dark

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Urza and the Song in the Dark

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 22 July - 23 July 2021
Category Live Event


All performances of Urza and the Song in the Dark have been postponed.

If you booked through Riverside Theatres, a member of our Box Office will contact you shortly.
Following the latest travel restrictions, we are expecting high contact volumes and wait times, you will be contacted via email or phone very shortly. Check your general inbox as well as your ‘junk’ or promotion folder.

Riverside and Matriark Theatre presents

Come on an adventure through a subterranean wonderland of complex caves, underground lakes and mystical creatures in this brand new fable.

After centuries of mining, the town’s hill has lost its ‘Song Spirit’ and all that remains are the shadows of its stones. When a mysterious song leads one of the miners, Urza, into the depths of the earth her world is shaken. Along the way she befriends a lost explorer, gets pursued by a mysterious force and finds herself caught up in a primeval story of legendary proportions.

Featuring shadow projections, live music and puppetry, this intimate production will spark your students’ imaginations.

Add the workshop to your booking to enhance your students experience! Join Matriark Theatre as they reveal their unique approach to shadow puppetry, physical performance and shadow play in a hands-on experience that will allow your students to bring a world of their own creations to life.

FYI this production contains strobe lighting. The workshop is limited to 20 students and is only available with the show


Sydney Fringe Festival
Winner: Festival Director’s Award

Sydney Fringe Festival
Winner: Designer

Please Note:

Tickets to this event are sold to 100% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. Following the latest Public Health Orders, unless exempt, masks are mandatory for all patrons being 13+ years old at all times.

Please note that NSW Health regularly updates areas where there may be concerns regarding potential case transmission of COVID-19.  Prior to attending your performance, we suggest patrons check the latest Case Alert Updates from Health NSW and follow the instructions regarding Close Contacts and requirements for self-isolation and/or COVID testing as stipulated by Health NSW and the current NSW Public Health Orders. Please note that patrons who have visited any identified alert area must NOT attend public performances or gatherings of any type. 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

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: defined 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.

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

It is also important that if you are unwell you stay at home. We have updated our ticket conditions and our Box Office team are available to talk through possible exchange and refund options. You can contact the Box Office on 02 8839 3399 or email BoxOffice_Riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Thank you for keeping our community safe.

Scott Parker

Design and Realisation
Aleisa Jelbart

Sound Designer and Composer
Kathryn Roberts Parker

Madeleine McWilliam
Scott Parker

Aleisa Jelbart

Kathryn Roberts Parker

Jolanta Morgan

(Stages 1 – 3)

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.

From the Program Coordinator…

This production has so much to offer your students, from a beautiful narrative, told through various mediums such as shadow puppetry, music and live action, to a distinct focus on environmental sustainability and an amazing strong female protagonist who shuns stereotypes and saves the world. This creative show has plenty for you to explore further in the classroom, linking to English, Creative Arts and HSIE areas of learning.

Available Extras

Add the workshop to your booking to enhance your students experience! Join Matriark Theatre as they reveal their unique approach to shadow puppetry, physical performance and shadow play in a hands-on experience that will allow your students to bring a world of their own creations to life.

Curriculum Links and Resources

Download the Curriculum Links here: Urza and the Song in the Dark Curriculum Links

Schools Bookings
For further information and to book please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 8839 3308 or email education_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au, or fill in our Schools Bookings Form here.

Riverside’s Risk Assessment & Covid Safe Plan
Download our Risk Assessment 
Take a look at our Patron Safety Information and Download our Covid Safe Plan 


Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside

Access Points

This production has a strong music focus.

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

Click here to find out more about Access Points


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Ticket Prices

Show (Student/Teacher)
Workshop (Student) $10

Transaction fees apply

School Bookings $4.60