Cicada Event DatesTue 23 Aug 2022 - Wed 24 Aug 2022 Manpac & Barking Gecko Theatre Presents


Family Friendly

Cicada tell story. Story Good. Story simple. Story even human can understand. Tok! Tok! Tok!

So begins the story of a dutiful cicada who works away in a grey office year after year.

Overlooked and unappreciated by his co-workers, Cicada keeps his secrets hidden until the day something truly extraordinary begins to happen…

Winner of the Children’s Book Council Award for Best Picture Book in 2019, this new stage adaptation brings master-storyteller Shaun Tan’s much-loved Cicada to life with exquisite puppetry and visual storytelling by some of WA’s leading theatre-makers.

A small story of epic proportions, Cicada is an enchanting tale of difference, resilience and the light we all have inside ourselves.

Prior to the 6.30pm performance on August 23rd, children can come and make their own Inner Insect from modelling clay, and take it home with them. If you’d like to take part in making an insect please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the show. We’ll also have a Cicada Cut out that people can have a photo with along with a colouring in station. It’s going to be fantastic fun!
Adapted for the stage by Arielle Gray, Luke Kerridge and Tim Watts, from CICADA, by Shaun Tan.
Produced by arrangement with Passion Australia | Highly Spirited Pty Ltd. Image & Text reproduced with permission from Cicada by Shaun Tan, Hachette Australia, 2018.
Duration 55 Minutes

Recommended Age & Warnings
Age 7+

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