Based on the books by Sheena Knowles & Rod Clement
Written for the stage and directed by Eva Di Cesare
The time has come for the Emus to tell the story, their way!
The award-winning creative team from Monkey Baa Theatre Company are back with a brand-new take on another much-loved tale, Edward the Emu. More than an adaptation, this is a unique imagining of two beloved picture books, Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu, combining the plights of both emus in one heartfelt, clever and funny new tale.
Edward is bored with his lot. Being the only emu at the zoo has left him feeling glum and under the impression that the grass is greener in everyone else’s enclosure. Maybe being a seal, or a lion, or a snake might be a better option in life for a lonely bird? Convinced that the other creatures are more popular, Edward breaks ranks and goes to find the fun and along the way, finds Edwina! Written for the stage by Monkey Baa’s Artistic Director Eva.
Di Cesare (Diary of a Wombat, Josephine Wants to Dance) we follow the emus as they hilariously navigate their own feathered existential crises, seeking to find their place in the world. Meanwhile, unaware of the birds’ internal worlds, their human keepers are in hot pursuit to restore order to the zoo.
With exceptional, world-class puppet creation from Bryony Anderson and Alice Osborne’s puppetry direction, an original score from composer/sound designer Nate Edmondson, set and costume design by Isabel Hudson (Best Stage Design of An Independent Production, 2020 Sydney Theatre Award), lighting design by Matt Cox and inventive storytelling from Di Cesare, the emus’ journey of hijinks and tenderness leads them to discover that the best thing you can be is …. you!
Monkey Baa Theatre Company has been creating classic, much-loved productions for young people for over 20 years. Edward the Emu carries on the vision to make theatre an intrinsic part of young people’s lives with the quality, humour and heart that has made Monkey Baa a favourite of families across Australia.
Please be advised that the 12pm on Sat 30 July is a relaxed performance and an AUSLAN Interpreted show:
Relaxed Performances welcome audiences who would benefit from a more relaxed environment – this can include but is not limited to people with autism, sensory sensitivities, learning disabilities or dementia, as well as those living with anxiety or who have experienced trauma.
The atmosphere is non-judgmental, and we embrace noisy enthusiasm. Audience members can also bring their headphones to reduce noise if they wish.
Specifically for relaxed performances, we leave the house lights on (dimmed), the auditorium doors stay open, and some technical elements may be modified, for example, strong lighting or sound effects are moderated.
For young ones who prefer a more supportive environment, Relaxed Performances enhance the theatre experience for all children, while keeping the beloved story of Edward and Edwina completely unchanged.
FOR THE TEACHERS
Please find Edward The Emu education resource below
- Zookeeper Tina Jackson
- Zookeeper Mathew Lee
- Writer & Director Set & Costume Design Eva Di Cesare
- Set & Costume Design Isabel Hudson
- Puppetry Director Alice Osborne
- Composer & Sound Design Nate Edmondson
- Lighting Design Matt Cox
- Dramaturg Sandra Eldridge
- Assistant Director Warwick Doddrell
- Puppetry Designer & Maker Bryony Anderson
- Company Manager Cally Bartley
- Technical Coordinator Dana Ioppolo