In this world premiere, John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s compelling picture-book The Rabbits was brought to life as a new work of operatic theatre for adults and children alike.
This is a story of hope in the face of colonisation, displacement and despair. The world of The Rabbits invites us to question the constructs of modern life: society, culture, environment … the essence of our humanity.
The Rabbits brought together an extraordinary Australian creative team. Award-winning vocalist Kate Miller-Heidke leads a cast of singers and musicians, performing her own compositions and Lally Katz’s enchanting libretto, with additional music from Iain Grandage in John Sheedy’s adaptation of a revered classic.
FOUR HELPMANN AWARDS© 2015 NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST PRESENTATION FOR CHILDREN, BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE AND BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan
12 February – 17 February 2015 @ State Theatre Centre of WA
Opera Australia, Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival
Composed by Kate Miller-Heidke
Libreto by Lally Katz
Adapted and directed by John Sheedy
Musical director, musical arrangement and additional music by Iain Grandage
Designed by Gabriela Tylesova