Zombie Thoughts

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Zombie Thoughts

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 27 May - 05 June 2021
Category Live Event

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta presents
An Australian premiere by Jennifer A. Kokai and Oliver Kokai-Means


USE a book OR rubber chicken.


ZOMBIE THOUGHTS is the story of two best friends Sam and Pig, avatars in an epic fantasy video game where all of Sam’s deepest darkest fears come to life. Sam has +5 intelligence, anxiety, and is armed with a book. Pig has +3 humour, is often distracted, and armed with a rubber chicken. Zombie Thoughts is a live action, interactive video game. A touching and hilarious journey in, around and through anxiety. And there’s no one way to play!

Battle terrifying monsters! Level up, and unlock the tools to defeat the final boss in this dazzling world filled with everything you’ve ever been afraid of. Will you be able to help Sam make the right choices on their quest to defeat the evil Machine?

CHOOSE YOUR AVATAR, and prepare to face Zombie Thoughts!

Suitable for ages 8+ and their families

This show contains smoke, haze, strobe lighting, black outs loud noises, monsters and subject matter focussed around young people’s mental health.

*Please contact Box Office directly for group bookings of 8 or more, email boxoffice_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au or call 02 8839 3399.

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. NSW Health strongly recommends you wear a mask when you are inside places where it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

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.

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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.

Playwrights Jennifer A. Kokai & Oliver Kokai-Means
Director Warwick Doddrell

Monica Sayers
Annie Stafford
Jose Talite

Set and Costume Designer Isabella Andronos
Lighting Designer Jasmine Rizk
Sound Designer David Bergman
Projection Designer Xing Lin
Production Manager Cara Woods
Stage Manager Hannah Crane

(Stages 2 – 4)

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 creative, ground-breaking and unique production is a great way to demystify anxiety for your students. The 9-year-old co-writer of Zombie Thoughts decided that it should be set in the world of a video game because he “cares a lot” about them and thought other kids would too. You can’t get more relevant than that! Your students will love picking the outcome of this play and will learn about some tools for managing mental health and develop empathy for others going through anxiety.

Curriculum Links and Resources

Download the Curriculum Links here: Zombie Thoughts 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.

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