Where the Streets Had a Name

16 October - 01 September


Monkey Baa is creating a new 1-hour theatre work based on Randa Abdel-Fattah’s inspiring novel, Where the Streets Had a Name.

Throughout 2017 we are engaging creative artists, school students, educators and Palestinian community representatives to explore how people respond to catastrophic events and how family can reorganise itself to survive. This will bring us closer to the heart of Randa’s story, and deepen the authenticity of the production.

Where the Streets Had a Name will premiere at Riverside Theatres Parramatta in August 2017, followed by performances in September at Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre (LLDQT) in Sydney. Audiences at both venues will comprise school students from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds from right across Sydney.

This story reflects not only Randa’s...


Josephine Wants to Dance

17 October - 01 July


Coming in 2018, Josephine Wants to Dance is a brand new Australian musical based on the hugely popular picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.

Under the expert direction of Jonathan Biggins, Composer Phil Scott and the team that brought Pete the Sheep to the stage, this delightful new work is for young audiences aged 4 to 9 years.

This uplifting, humorous tale of a kangaroo’s dream to dance is a celebration of passion, tenacity and individuality.

“I value working with Monkey Baa because of their integrity, their determination to adapt classic Australian children's books for Australian kids, their families and the world. Theirs is a unique and uncompromising vision and their success is a testament to the deep personal commitment Eva, Tim and Sandie have maintained for...


Terror Bites

18 October - 30 September


Two people sitting in a car hear a tap, tap, tap on their roof ... You're at a sleepover and someone dares you to say 'Bloody Mary' three times into the mirror ... Is that your dog under your bed ... or something else?

Coming in 2018, Terror Bites will be a chilling new theatre experience, inspired by the urban myths and spooky schoolyard stories that have haunted generations of children.

This three-part project will see Monkey Baa Creative Artists engage with primary students around the country, mining the dark imaginings of young people for spine-chilling inspiration to create a series of bite-sized works of horror.

In 2017, we will create storytelling workshops for our Clever Young Monkeys and schools around Australia. Covering themes of horror, fear and - most importantly...


Private Conversations in Public Places

18 October - 28 December


Arriving in 2018, Private Conversations in Public Places will be a contemporary site-specific theatre work exploring the stories of Darling Harbour, from the Cadigal people through to the present day.

Throughout late 2016 and 2017, we will join forces with an established team of artists to uncover the fascinating individual stories that make up this city’s rich cultural fabric. Led by Director Frederick Copperwaite and cultural consultant Lily Shearer, we will work with local Aboriginal people, the Chinese community, shipping unions and local historians to learn the Indigenous history of this now inner-city area, how Chinatown was developed, the waterside industrial dramas of the early 20th century and how Darling Harbour has become a modern-day business and tourism hub.

Private Conversations in Public Places will...


Once Then Now

18 October - 31 December


I wrote these stories to explore the power of friendship in dark times. How wonderful that these stories, which celebrate the best we can do for each other, should blossom in the uniquely communal realm of the theatre. Morris Gleitzman (Author and Monkey Baa Patron)

We want to bring Morris’ wonderful, inspiring and best-selling books to the stage - reimagining them to follow Felix and his friends’ journeys of loss, courage, resilience and hope, from the forests of Poland to the Victorian bush.

Once Then Now will be a work of scale - the first ever in Australian theatre for young audiences - a multi-play event for ages 10-16, their families and teachers.

With themes of tolerance, human rights, racism, bullying, resilience and...