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In 2024, we’re taking the magic a step further! Monkey Baa Theatre is hitting the road, bringing an array of performances to audiences across Australia. 

 
All ARA staff will receive for discounts on tickets to the shows available below.

ARA is proud to be the principal partner of Monkey Baa Theatre, Australia’s cherished children’s theatre company renowned for its captivating live shows that enchant young minds and hearts alike.

Whether you’re a loyal fan or new to the enchanting world of theatre, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of live performance in your own backyard.

Keep reading to find out which shows are coming to a location near you, along with dates and times.

Possum Magic

Ages 3-8 

Mem Fox and Julie Vivas’ beloved picture book ‘Possum Magic’ has enchanted children for over 40 years. Seen by over 150,000 young people across Australia, Monkey Baa’s delightful adaptation returns to the stage.

Grandma Poss loves making magic. She makes wombats blue and kookaburras pink. She makes dingoes smile and emus shrink. But one day, when danger arrives, Grandma Poss uses her most magical spell to make Hush invisible. Possum Magic takes us on a fantastical journey to cities around Australia to find the food that makes Hush visible again.

Featuring spellbinding magic, puppetry and original music, Monkey Baa’s award-winning team has turned the whimsical world of the book into an exciting live experience for audiences aged 3-8 and their families.

Find out more about Possum Magic here

Dates, Locations & ARA Staff Discounts
  • The Pavilion, Sutherland Shire – 18th-19th April 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – 30% off ticket price
  • Civic Theatre, Newcastle – 22nd-24th April 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – 50% off ticket price
  • Coliseum, Rooty Hills – 12th-14th July 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – 30% off ticket price
  • The Alexander Theatre, Clayton –  5th-7th April 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – 50% off ticket price
  • Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong – 12th – 13th April 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – 50% off ticket price
  • QUT Gardens Theatre, Brisbane – 2nd -3rd July 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – 50% off ticket price

The Peasant Prince

Ages 7-12

The remarkable true story of a 10-year-old peasant boy’s journey from impoverished rural China to the international dance scene.

Li is plucked from his village in rural China and sent to a ballet academy in the big city. He leaves everything and everyone he loves, including his family. Li’s courage, resilience and unwavering hope for a better life for himself and his family makes The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be.

Audiences will be captivated and inspired by this award-winning production.

Find out more about The Peasant Prince here

Dates, Locations & ARA Staff Discounts
  • Q Theatre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith – 11th – 13th May 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Glen Street Theatre, Belrose – 16th – 18th May 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Riverside Theatre, Parramatta – 21st – 22nd May 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong – 3rd – 4th Sep 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra – 6th Sep 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Wagga Wagga Civic Centre, Wagga Wagga – 9th – 10th Sep 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Orange Civic Theatre, Orange – 12th Sep 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Griffith Regional Centre, Griffith – 16th Sep 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • The Art House, Wyong – 19th – 20th Sep 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree – 23rd – 24th Sep 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Cairns – 4th June 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton – 6th – 7th June 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Mackay – 10th -11th June 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Logan Entertainment Centre, Logan – 14th June 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg – 18th June 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura – 23rd July 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo – 30th July 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool – 1st Aug 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Geelong Arts Centre, Geelong – 8th Aug 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Frankston Art Centre, Frankston – 12th – 13th Aug 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, Hamilton – 15th Aug – 16th Aug 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Bunjil Place, Narre Warren – 19th – 20th Aug 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)
  • Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs – 31st May 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – Free tickets (Max of 3 tickets per family)

Edward the Emu

Ages 4+

After sell-out shows across Australia in 2022 playing to over 50,000 young people, Edward and Edwina are back!

Edward is bored with his lot. Being the only emu at the zoo leaves him feeling glum and under the impression that the grass is greener in another animal’s enclosure. Convinced that the other creatures are more popular, Edward breaks ranks in search of fun and finds Edwina along the way! Meanwhile, the zookeepers are in hot pursuit to restore order to the zoo. Come on an adventure with the emus as they hilariously navigate their feathered existential crises, seeking to find their place in the world.

Featuring exceptional, world-class puppetry, an original score and inventive storytelling.

Find out more about Edward the Emu here

Dates, Locations & ARA Staff Discounts
  • Sydney Opera House, Sydney – 27th Sep – 6th Oct
    ARA Staff Discount – 30% off all ticket prices + free ticket competition
  • Central Coast – To be announced
    ARA Staff Discount – 30% off all ticket prices + free ticket competition

Josephine Wants to Dance

Ages 3-9

Based on the picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. This delightful musical is a must see!

Josephine is a kangaroo who loves to dance. Her little brother, Joey, tells her kangaroos don’t dance, they hop – but Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air.

When a ballet troupe comes to the sleepy town of Shaggy Gully, Josephine desperately wants to dance like the ballerinas in pink tutus and silk ballet shoes.

On the day of the first performance the Ballet Company is in trouble. The prima ballerina twists her ankle and the understudy has a splinter in her toe. Who can dance the lead role?

Josephine’s talents are called upon to help save the day. Can she do it, and more importantly, does it matter that she’s a kangaroo?

Find out more about Josephine Wants to Dance here

Dates, Locations & ARA Staff Discounts
  • Sydney Opera House – 3rd– 15th January 2025 (dates to be confirmed)
    ARA Staff Discount – 30% off all tickets
  • Arts Centre, Melbourne – 1st – 6th October 2024
    ARA Staff Discount – 30% off all tickets