Monkey Baa Theatre Company

Possum Magic

Based on the book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas


With over 5 million copies sold, Australia’s top-selling picture book needs no introduction. Possum Magic has captivated and enchanted us all for generations. This brand new adaptation, from Australia’s leading theatre company for young audiences, promises an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.

Illustrated by Julie Vivas

“Once upon a time, but not very long ago, deep in the Australian bush, there lived two possums. Their names were Hush and Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss made bush magic…”​

Possum Magic is a timeless Australian classic, brought to life by the award-winning Monkey Baa Theatre Company.

Grandma Poss uses her best bush magic to make Hush invisible so that Hush won’t be eaten by snakes. In our tale Hush has lots of adventures but there comes a time when she wants ‘to know what she looks like.’ Grandma Poss leans over a pool of water with a fuzzy outline of Hush beside her. But Hush has no reflection in the mirrored surface of the pool. Grandma Poss has trouble finding the magic to make Hush visible again and, although Hush tells her she doesn’t mind, ‘in her heart of hearts she did.’

Eventually Grandma remembers that, ‘it’s something to do with food. People food, not possum food’ so she and Hush set off on a grand adventure around Australia to find the food that will make Hush’s dream come true.

Mem Fox is Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author. Possum Magic, her first publication, remains the best selling children’s book in Australia. Published 34 years ago, it is still available in hardback. Mem has written many other internationally best-selling books for children including Time for Bed, Where Is The Green Sheep? and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, a copy of which was Australia’s official gift to Prince George, the new royal baby.

Winners of the 2016 Sydney Theatre Award for 'Best Production for Children' for The Peasant Prince, Monkey Baa Theatre Company has been creating inspiring, award-winning theatre for young people, touring from bush to coast and across the seas since 1997.


Teaching Artist Workshops

With content tailored to Possum Magic, Monkey Baa will again offer Teaching Artist workshops using drama-based activities to explore the plot, themes and production of the show on the road. Engaging local school communities, the workshops will provide an enriching experience for students and professional learning for teachers. The workshops connect school groups to the production before they see it, building excitement, understanding and ownership of the production.


PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS MONKEY BAA SHOWS

"It is all enchanting...that the audience becomes almost instantly involved is a great gift to witness"
Kevin Jackson, Theatre Diary on Diary of a Wombat full review

"Vital, exuberant, aspirational, and inspirational."
Australian Stage on The Peasant Prince full review

"A stimulating and valuable piece of theatre…. given the importance of the subject and the care with which it has been handled."
Newcastle Herald on I am Jack

"The journey was spellbinding."
The Gladstone Observer on Hitler's Daughter

"This production is fun-filled and entertaining and, as with all of monkey baa’s productions, a great way to introduce children to the theatre."
Stage Whispers on The Bugalugs Bum Thief full review


Touring

April - November 2019


CREDITS

Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare and Sandra Eldridge
Directed by Sandra Eldridge



If you are interested in touring get in contact!

Arts on Tour
02 9699 7133
touring@artsontour.com.au