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 of 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+

 

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  • Brisbane

    QPAC - Queensland Performing Arts Centre

    17 March, 2016 - 20 March, 2016

Creative Team

Composer Kate Miller-Heidke
Librettist Lally Katz
Adaptor & Director John Sheedy
Musical Director, Musical Arrangements
& Additional Music
 Iain Grandage
Designer Gabriela Tylesova
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Sound Designer Michael Waters
Indigenous Consultant Rachael Maza

Cast

Bird Kate Miller-Heidke 

Marsupials
Coda Hollie Andrew
Flinch Jessica Hitchcock
Roxie Lisa Maza
2 Stripe Marcus Corowa
3 Stripe David Leha 

Rabbits
A Scientist Kanen Breen
A Society Rabbit Nicholas Jones
A Convict Christopher Hillier
A Lieutenant Simon Meadows
The Captain Robert Mitchell

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