therabbits

Winner of FOUR 2015 Helpmann Awards!

Based on the book written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan
Composed by Kate Miller-Heidke, Libretto by Lally Katz
Adapted and directed by John Sheedy
Musical director, musical arrangements and additional music by Iain Grandage
Designed by Gabriela Tylesova

In this world premiere, John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s compelling picture-book The Rabbits is brought to life as a new work of operatic theatre for adults and children alike. This is a story of hope in the face of colonisation, displacement and despair. While the world in The Rabbits is imaginary, its parallels with our own are eerily recognisable, causing us to question the constructs of modern life: society, culture, environment … the essence of humanity.

The Rabbits brings together an extraordinary Australian creative team. Award-winning vocalist Kate Miller-Heidke leads a cast of singers and musicians, performing her own compositions and Lally Katz’s enchanting libretto, with additional music from Iain Grandage.

This project is assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival; and the Western Australian Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts. The Rabbits, written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan, was first published in Australia by Lothian Books and this opera is produced by arrangement with Hachette Australia Pty Ltd.

The Rabbits, written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan, was first published in Australia by Lothian Books and this opera is produced by arrangement with Hachette Australia Pty Ltd.

Duration 60 minutes (no interval)
Suitable for ages 8+

Creative Team

COMPOSER KATE MILLER HEIDKE
LIBBRETIST LALLY KATZ
ADAPTOR & DIRECTOR JOHN SHEEDY
MUSIC IAIN GRANDAGE
DESIGNER GABRIELA TYLESOVA

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