The Sydney Opera House is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Possum Magic, the classic children’s story by Mem Fox and Julie Viva, with a theatre performance for children aged 3 to 8 years.

Adapted by Monkey Baa Theatre’s award-winning creative team it uses a clever, nuanced palette of live action, stage magic, an original soundscape, elements of puppetry and projected animation, bringing to life the whimsical world of the book to a live experience for the audience.

“All children attending Possum Magic will take away a sense of connectedness, a sense of wonder at the magical elements of the production and an immense amount of joy at the humour of the story,” artistic director and co-writer Eva Di Cesare told F2L.

“Children were involved in the creation of the production, and drove the ideas behind  it in what they believed was important to them,” she said. “We worked with Bankstown West Public school to ensure that the children’s voices were present in the production. 

“The intergenerational relationship between Grandma Poss and Hush was highlighted as an important theme. The joy and silliness of characters, and of course they wanted the magic elements to be magical. This production supports young people in that it is a high-quality theatre experience created especially for them by their peers and some great artists,” she said.

This dedicated Auslan interpreted performance is on at the Playhouse Theatre April 20, 2023 at 10:30am. Program duration is 45 minutes.

Event page (inclusive of purchasing tickets) for Possum Magic can be found here: