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The Rainbow Tree

By Fat Fruit | Produced by Performing Lines | Family Magic 2023

The Rainbow Tree

What happens when you invite seven children from Rainbow Families to create a show? You end up with a disco koala, a wildebeest, a farting unicorn and a fairy that can freeze tickle monsters all cohabiting in a very tall, yet tiny Rainbow Tree.

This is what it’s like living in a Rainbow Family. Everyone is welcome and anything is possible.

The Rainbow Tree is musical storytelling with moving image. Written with children from Rainbow families, it shares personal and imagined stories around the idea of family, identity and community. Performed by two queer super Aunties, Aunty Bear and ZaZa from Fat Fruit (Bec Matthews and Sarah Ward) with singing and live music, played on instruments and objects you could find around the house.

This project is generously supported by Linda Herd.


  • Co-Creator & Performer Sarah Ward as ZaZa
  • Co-Creator, Sound Designer & Performer Bec Matthews as Aunty Bear
  • Co-Written with seven children from Rainbow Families
  • Directorial Eye Susie Dee
  • Designer Bridget Milesi
  • Lighting Designer Monique Aucher
  • Animation Team Jolyon James Animator
  • Producer Performing Lines

The Rainbow Tree is produced by Performing Lines.

It was jointly commissioned by Art Play and Midsumma as part of the PRISM program at Midsumma Festival. PRISM was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

Art Play is supported by the City of Melbourne.

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Ticket prices

  • Adult $32
  • Child (16 years & under) $22
  • Group 8+ $25


Limelight - Studio 4

Venue Address

Geelong Arts Centre

81 Ryrie St, Geelong


45 minutes, no interval.

Age Recommendation

Ages 4-8 and their adults

AUSLAN Interpretation

10:00am session on Friday 20 January will be AUSLAN interpreted.

Show Warnings

Contains loud music, flashing lights. Note: Fat Fruit encourages full participation. Should audience members need to leave and return for whatever reason they are encouraged to do so.


All e-tickets will be sent out 3 days prior to the performance.

Photography is not permitted during the performance.