Possum Magic National Tour – 2019

Possum Magic

For over three decades Mem Fox’s Possum Magic has enthralled young readers. Joined by an extraordinary team of creatives, Monkey Baa is thrilled to present a brand-new stage adaptation of this Australian classic.

Possum Magic will head on a National Tour from April 2019, stopping at  62 venues around the country.

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NSW
BelroseGlen Street Theatre03 April - 06 April
PenrithJoan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre09 April - 10 April
ParramattaRiverside Theatres12 April - 12 April
SydneySydney Opera House15 April - 28 April
Wagga WaggaWagga Wagga Civic Theatre02 May - 02 May
NowraShoalhaven Entertainment Centre07 May - 08 May
OrangeOrange Civic Theatre13 May - 14 May
GriffithGriffith Regional Theatre16 May - 17 May
SydneyARA Darling Quarter Theatre03 July - 06 July
NewcastleCivic Theatre Newcastle27 August - 28 August
GosfordLaycock Street Community Theatre30 August - 31 August
CasulaCasula Powerhouse03 September - 03 September
SutherlandSutherland Entertainment Centre21 November - 22 November
SA
Oaklands ParkMarion Cultural Centre21 May - 22 May
TanundaBarossa Arts and Convention Centre31 May - 01 June
WA
EsperanceEsperance Civic Centre27 May - 28 May
AlbanyAlbany Entertainment Centre30 May - 31 May
MandurahMandurah Performing Arts Centre04 June - 05 June
BunburyBunbury Regional Entertainment Centre06 June - 07 June
MerridenCummins Theatre10 June - 10 June
CrawleyOctagon Theatre14 June - 15 June
GeraldtonQueens Park Theatre18 June - 19 June
CarnarvonCamel Lane Theatre21 June - 21 June
KarrathaRed Earth Arts Precinct24 June - 25 June
NT
DarwinDarwin Entertainment Centre28 June - 28 June
QLD
BrisbaneBrisbane Powerhouse10 July - 11 July
Gold CoastHOTA - Home of the Arts12 July - 13 July
Mt IsaMount Isa Civic Centre17 July - 17 July
AyrBurdekin Theatre19 July - 19 July
CairnsCairns Performing Arts Centre22 July - 23 July
TownsvilleRiverway Arts Centre25 July - 26 July
MackayMackay Entertainment and Convention Centre29 July - 30 July
RockhamptonPilbeam Theatre01 August - 02 August
ToowoombaEmpire Theatre05 August - 06 August
BundabergMoncrieff Entertainment Centre08 August - 09 August
BokarinaLake Kawana Community Centre12 August - 13 August
GympieThe Heritage Theatre Gympie14 August - 15 August
LoganLogan Entertainment Centre17 August - 18 August
ACT
CanberraCanberra Theatre Centre05 September - 07 September
VIC
WangarattaWangaratta Performing Arts Centre11 September - 11 September
BendigoUlumbarra Theatre13 September - 14 September
SheppartonRiverlinks Eastbank17 September - 17 September
WerribeeWyndham Cultural Centre19 September - 20 September
NunawadingWhitehorse Centre23 September - 24 September
Moonee PondsClocktower Centre26 September - 26 September
RingwoodKarralyka Theatre01 October - 01 October
HealesvilleMemo Healesville03 October - 03 October
GeelongGeelong Performing Arts Centre05 October - 05 October
Narre WarrenBunjil Place08 October - 08 October
TraralgonLatrobe Performing Arts Centre25 October - 25 October
BairnsdaleForge Theatre and Arts Hub28 October - 29 October
WarragulWest Gippsland Arts Centre31 October - 01 November
WarrnamboolLighthouse Theatre06 November - 06 November
PortlandPortland Arts Centre08 November - 08 November
HamiltonHamilton Performing Arts Centre12 November - 12 November
ColacColac Otway Performing Arts Centre15 November - 15 November
BallaratHer Majestys Ballarat18 November - 19 November
TAS
FrankstonFrankston Arts Centre10 October - 10 October
DevonportDevonport Entertainment Centre12 October - 12 October
LauncestonEarl Arts Centre15 October - 16 October
HobartTheatre Royal18 October - 19 October
BurnieBurnie Arts & Function Centre22 October - 22 October

CAST: Claudette Clarke

Grandma Poss

Claudette Clarke is an Actor of African-Caribbean heritage. Growing up in London, she had come to largely identify as a ‘Black British’ Actor of the United Kingdom. Currently a Sydney-based resident, one has to glance at her portfolio to appreciate the breadth and aptitude of her work in universally-loved classic adaptations particularly “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “Doubt”, “The Crucible” and “The Clink”. Claudette’s work includes multi-ethnic ensemble development pieces, dealing with prejudice and community struggles, such as The African Theatre Project play “My Name is Sud”. She has a powerful stage presence, steadfastly commanding the space. She is comfortable speaking in Creole or Cockney on stage, utilising her British African-Caribbean roots whenever required.

CAST: Sarah Greenwood

Hush

Sarah is thrilled to be working with Sandra Eldridge for the third time. Sandra directed Sarah in her Sydney theatre debut in 'Kindertransport' with the Darlinghurst Theatre Company in 2017. Since Sarah has worked on three independent productions including; 'Delirum' with Underground Cinema, 'White Wash' with Jodie Wolf at the Blood Moon Theatre and most recently 'The Director' with Active Theatre. Sarah graduated from the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts in 2016. Sarah also received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from Queensland University of Technology in 2017.

CAST: Alex Packard

Various Roles

Recent acting credits include: 'Alice in Wonderland' (Sydney Festival and Michael Sieders Presents), 'The Van De Maar Papers' (An Assorted Few), 'Blackrock' (Seymour Centre and White Box), 'All Good Things' (ATYP), 'Drift' (ATYP and Two Peas), 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged' (Bindle Brothers), and a national tour with Brainstorm Productions. Alex played the lead role in 'Metroscreen and Azure Productions’ award winning short film Oasis, airing on ABC, and can be seen in the SBS short film Cherry Season. Alex co-produced The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged with Bindle Brothers and worked as production assistant for 'The Nether' (Catnip Productions). Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts (Acting for Screen and Stage) from Charles Sturt University.

CAST: Michael Yore

Various Roles

Michael has been performing to a young audience for several years, touring Australia with companies such as Echelon and Brainstorm productions. He has also performed for several years in Australian Shakespeare Company's production of 'Wind in the Willows', and performs and produces podcasts for 'The Beanies' which won the Australian Podcast Award for Best Kids and Family. Michael is also a musician and director.

CREATIVE: Sandra Eldridge

Director

Sandie is one of the co-founders and Creative Directors for Monkey Baa. Her credits as a director include: 'Goodbye Jamie Boyd', 'The Prospectors', 'I am Jack', 'Hitler's Daughter' (Helpmann Award, Drover Award and Glug Award winner) and 'Thursday’s Child' (Helpmann Award); 'The Grapes of Wrath' and 'Mill on the Floss' (WAAPA) and many more. She co-wrote and directed 'Voyage to the Deep' for ANMM, Monkey Tales for The Chinese Gardens and co-adapted 'Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie' for CDP. In 2015 she wrote and acted in 'The Unknown Soldier' (Glug Award winner). In 2017 the Sydney Theatre Critics awarded her for her excellence and Extraordinary Service to the young people of Australia.

CREATIVE: Emma Vine

Production Designer

Emma is a designer for theatre, opera, musical theatre, dance, TV and film. Her stage credits include: 'The Overcoat' (Belvoir 25A); 'The Man with the Iron Neck' (Legs on the Wall); 'The Sugar House' costume (Belvoir); 'Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam' design (National Theatre of Parramatta); 'Turquoise Elephant' costume (Griffin); 'Only Heaven Knows' costume (Hayes); 'Sunset Strip' design (Griffin) and many more. Emma received Sydney Theatre Award nominations for best costume design in both 2017 and 2018 and was nominated as Best Emerging Designer at the 2017 APDG Awards. Emma is a NIDA graduate.

CREATIVE: Nate Edmondson

Composer & Sound Designer

Nate is an international, multi-award winning Composer and Sound Designer for stage and screen. Theatre credits include for STC: 'The Harp In The South' (Parts 1 & 2), 'Blackie Blackie Brown', 'Three Sisters', 'Cloud Nine', 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', 'Romeo And Juliet'. For Belvoir: 'Mark Colvin’s Kidney', 'Mortido', 'Seventeen', 'This Heaven'. For Sydney Dance Company: 'Once We Were'. For Bell Shakespeare: 'Julius Caesar', 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', 'The Tempest', 'Romeo And Juliet', 'Macbeth', 'The Winter's Tale' and many more. Nate won the 2016 and 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Score / Sound Design of an Independent Production ('Good With Maps', Misterman) and the 2016 Broadway World Award for Best Score / Sound Design of a Play (Leaves).

CREATIVE: Matt Cox

Lighting Designer

Matt’s career in theatre has spanned 15 years designing lighting in both Australia and the UK. During his time in London, Matt worked with student directors attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and John Stahl’s solo show 'Blindman'. He has designed numerous theatre productions including for Bangarra Dance Theatre: 'One’s Country', 'OUR Land People Stories', 'Blak', 'Belong'; for Carriageworks: 'Lake Disappointment'; for The Hayes Theatre Company: 'She Loves Me'; for Siren Theatre Co: 'The Trouble with Harry'; for Ensemble: 'Diplomacy'; for the Australian Chamber Orchestra: 'Reflections on Gallipoli'; for Marrugeku: 'Burrbgaja Yalirra'; for Musica Viva: 'Goldner String Quarte't; for Bell Shakespeare: 'Hamlet', 'Romeo and Juliet' and many more.

CREATIVE: David Bergman

Vision Animator

David is proud to have had a part in bringing many new Australian works to life as both a sound designer/ composer and video designer. His recent work includes the video design for 'Muriel’s Wedding The Musical' for Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures, composing and sound designing NIDA’s productions of 'SALEM' in 2017, 'Another Country' in 2016 and 'Too Many Elephants' in 2014. In 2016, he was the video designer for Monkey Baa’s award winning production of 'The Peasant Prince' and the acclaimed STC production of 'The Hanging'. He also worked as sound designer on ATYP’s multi-award winning production of 'Spring Awakening: The Musical'. He has also recently composed the score for the upcoming short film 'Complexe'.

CREATIVE: Adam Mada

Magic & Illusion Designer

As one of Australia’s leading magicians and magic/illusion consultants Adam Mada has almost 20 years of experience creating, teaching and performing original magic and illusions for live theatre, events and screen. He frequently collaborates with artists, theatre makers and authors. He is currently the Australian magic and illusions associate for the global smash hit 'Harry Potter and The Cursed Child'. He is a favourite across multiple television networks and is a regular guest on both Studio 10 and ABC. Adam is the founder and director of Magic Inc. a company that creates bespoke custom magic effects and performances for advertising and special events. Magic Inc. also fosters emerging magic talent including Australian and New Zealand Junior champions 'The Cardistry Boys'.

CREATIVE: Bruce Glen

Magic & Illusion Associate

Every weekend Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician presents his Magical Soirée - an entrancing evening of magic and captivating Australian stories - at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay. Bruce has performed to sold-out houses at the Edinburgh Fringe; the Adelaide Fringe; Fringe World Perth; and the famous Edinburgh Magic Festival. He has also presented his show on the main stage of The Magic Circle headquarters in London. The Gentleman Magician has also presented his sophisticated ‘storytelling magic for adults’ at The Swifts, The Hughenden Boutique Hotel, Ayers House Museum and Old Government House. Bruce also performs his engaging Close-Up Magic at private parties and corporate events around Australia.

CREATIVE: Samantha Chester

Movement Director

Samantha Chester is a theatre and dance maker, movement director and educator. She has worked as a movement consultant and movement director for Belvoir, Griffin Theatre, Darlinghurst Theatre, STC, Milk Crate Theatre, NIDA, Monkey Baa and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2015 – 2016 she was the Associate Artist for Choreographic Centre, Critical Path. She was the Head of Movement and Associate Director at the Actors Centre Australia from and is currently the Head of Movement (Acting) and Performance Making Lecturer WAAPA where she also directs. Her independent work includes the award-winning work The Astronaut and HIRO: the man who sailed his house for The Blue Room Theatre.

CREATIVE: Alice Osborne

Puppetry Director

Alice is a theatre maker who works collaboratively as a puppeteer, director, performer and movement artist. She was the Resident Puppetry and Movement Director for the Australian production of 'War Horse'. As dancer/puppeteer, Alice was a member of Compagnie Philippe Genty (Paris), touring internationally with the work 'Bolilic'. In Australia she worked extensively with My Darling Patricia. In 2015 she created the dance theatre work 'Falling Woman' with Halcyon Macleod as part of Performance Space's Buruwan (Island) season. She worked as Puppetry and Movement Director on 'The Splinter' by Hilary Bell for Sydney Theatre Company in 2012. In 2016/17 worked in that role again from development to realisation of Monkey Baa's adaptation of Jackie French's 'Diary of a Wombat'.