A celebration of 40 years of Possum Magic

Published on 09 June 2023


40 years ago this year, author Mem Fox and illustrator Julie Vivas created a picture book that continues to enchant the young and young at heart to this day.

Possum Magic has become a classic of Australian children’s literature. To celebrate the multi-award winning book’s 40th anniversary, Monkey Baa theatre Company will perform its magical stage adaptation of the book at the Pilbeam Theatre in July.

Using a live action, stage magic, an original soundscape, elements of puppetry and projected animation, Monkey Baa’s award-winning creative team have translated the whimsical world of the book to a live experience for audiences 3–8 years (and their families).

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 in the form of a snake, Grandma uses her most magical spell to make Hush invisible.

Hush has many wonderful adventures. But being invisible isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Hush longs to see herself again. One problem. Grandma Poss can’t find the spell to make Hush visible again. And then she remembers...this particular magic requires something more, something special, something to do with food...people food.

Possum Magic takes us on a whimsical journey to cities around Australia to find the food that makes Hush visible again.

Monkey Baa Theatre Company produces award-winning theatre for young people and is one of Australia’s widest touring theatre companies.

Possum Magic is presented by Rockhampton Regional Council and is part of the 2023 See It Live Theatre Season.

Possum Magic will be performed at the Pilbeam Theatre on Monday 10 July at 6.30pm and Tuesday 11 July at 10am and 12 midday. Very limited seating is available for the matinee performances.

Tickets are on sale from the Pilbeam Theatre Box Office, phone  4927 4111 and www.seeitlive.com.au