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The award-winning musical work based on Shaun Tan & John Marsden's remarkable children's story
The Rabbits
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22 Hickson Road
(Opposite Pier 6/7) Walsh Bay
14–24 January
Thu 14, Thu 21 & Fri 22 at 7pm
Fri 15, Sat 16, Wed 20 & Sat 23 at 2pm & 7pm
Tue 19 at 6pm
Sun 24 at 1pm & 6pm

Audio described performance 21 January at 7pm, tactile tour at 5pm.
Captioned performance 23 January at 2pm.
Duration: 60 minutes
Adult/Concession/Child Under 16
Premium $98/$88/$49
A Reserve $78/$70/$39
B Reserve $48/$43/$24
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AN OPERA AUSTRALIA AND BARKING GECKO THEATRE COMPANY
CO-PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA
AUSTRALIA
"An extraordinary and vivid piece of theatre that demands to be seen.” ★★★★1/2
The Age

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 Supervision, Musical Arrangements and Additional Music by Iain Grandage
Designed by Gabriela Tylesova
Lighting Design by Trent Suidgeest
Sound Design by Michael Waters
Indigenous Consultant: Rachael Maza


The rabbits came many grandparents ago. They built houses, made roads, had children. They cut down trees. A whole continent of rabbits...

John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s haunting picture book is adapted in this Helpmann Award-winning opera for children and families. A deeply moving story of hope amidst colonisation, The Rabbits sparks imaginations of the young and old, inviting us all to question modern society and our role in its future. The fantastical wonder of this strange world thrills and devastates with the operatic prowess of Kate Miller-Heidke’s exquisite score and performance, alongside a talented cast of opera singers and contemporary music performers. Lavish sets and kooky costumes realise Tan’s pictures in a spectacular tale sure to ignite curiosity, regardless of age.

Suitable for 8+

Audio described performance on 21 January at 7pm, with a tactile tour at 5pm.
Captioned performance on 23 January at 2pm.
Bookings essential.
Please refer to sydneyfestival.org.au/access for accessible booking information.


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