Iconic Australian children’s story comes to life on stage

Published on 05 July 2019

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A magical new production of an iconic Australian children’s story will be performed at the Pilbeam Theatre in August.

Possum Magic, based on the book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas, has captivated and enchanted young readers for generations. This magical new production promises an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.

The show is produced by Monkey Baa Theatre Company creators of Josephine Wants to Dance, which was performed at the Pilbeam Theatre in 2018.

Lovingly adapted by Monkey Baa creative directors Eva Di Cesare and Sandra Eldridge, Possum Magic is directed by Eldridge (The Unknown Soldier, Hitler’s Daughter) and stars Claudette Clarke, Sarah Greenwood, Alex Packard and Michael Yore.

Monkey Baa has assembled an astounding team of creatives to help bring the book to life including production designer Emma Vine, Sydney Theatre Award-winning composer and sound designer Nate Edmondson, and magic and illusion designer Adam Mada (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

Author Mem Fox said, “Back in 1978, when I wrote a children’s story as a university assignment, I’d have died of joy if I’d known it would eventually become Possum Magic. In 2019, the magic goes on. Possum Magic is a now play! And although I’m as old as Grandma Poss, I’m as excited as a child.”

Possum Magic is presented by Rockhampton Regional Council and will be performed at the Pilbeam Theatre on Thursday 1 August at 6.30pm. Tickets, at $19 for adult and $15 for children are on sale now from the Pilbeam Theatre Box office, phone 4927 4111 or www.seeitlive.com.au