The Red Tree

By Hilary Bell

2 — 4 Jul 2019

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A new musical theatre work, based on the bestselling book by Shaun Tan.

This is the story of a young girl, living inside her bedroom, who doesn’t want to get out of bed. Rise with her as she conquers her fears and anxieties, embraces hope and takes control of the exciting world that has always been around her, acknowledging that it’s okay to feel different.

Adapted from the acclaimed book by Shaun Tan, with script and lyrics by Hilary Bell (Wolf Lullaby) and music by ARIA Award-winning composer Greta Gertler Gold (co writer of The Whitlams’ Blow Up the Pokies and Charlie #3). The score fuses pop, classical and traditional musical theatre elements with sound design and digital recording technology in an exciting, contemporary fashion.

Presented at Sydney Opera House
2 – 10 July

Presented at Arts Centre Melbourne
31 July – 4 August

Cast and Creatives

Ava – Nicola Bowman

Musical Director Greta Gertler Gold
Musicians Luke Escombe, Jess Ciampa

Puppeteers Samantha Hickey and Georgia Wohlfiel


Book and Lyrics Hilary Bell
Music Greta Gertler Gold
Director Neil Gooding
Assistant Director (volunteer) Christie Koppe
Set and Costume Design James Browne
Lighting Design Verity
Video Media Design Mic Gruchy
Audio Design David Grigg
Stage Manager Ruth Horsfall
Additional Sound Design and Musical Arrangements Adam D Gold
Musician ‘Wonderful Things’ Recording Barney McAll
Dramaturg Polly Low
Puppetry Consultant Fiona Gentle
Puppet and Prop Maker Aesha Henderson