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therabbits

Arts Centre Melbourne

Closing 13 October

John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s haunting picture book tells a story we all know: a story of colonisation, civilisation and progress – a story about displacement, destruction and culture clash. And in that landscape, it tells a story of hope, taking root.

It’s a story for young people, it’s a story for old people, it’s a story for all of us. Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company have assembled some of Australia’s foremost creative talents to collaborate on a new opera for children and families.

Gabriela Tylesova’s kooky sets and costumes realise Tan’s pictures in all of their mystical wonder, while Lally Katz has turned Marsden’s spare poetry into an enchanting libretto. To write the score, Kate Miller-Heidke: the butterfly voiced, classically-trained indie-pop singer who is as at home on the charts as she is performing at the Met. As well as composing The Rabbits, Kate will perform in this production.