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Theatre for the whole family

The lowdown on some of the best live theatre for kids of all ages.


Have you ever taken a child to the theatre? It can be a magical and memorable experience. Recent research suggests that going to live theatre can also provide a host of developmental benefits for children, including improved emotional intelligence. Plus it’s great fun!

We asked some of our friends from theatres around the state for their picks for families coming up.

 The Riddle of Washpool Gully

Hobart – Theatre Royal Backspace Theatre – 13 – 21 April 2018

Launceston – Earl Arts Centre – 27 April 2018

Presented by Terrapin Puppet Theatre in association with Dead Puppet Society.

Once upon a time there lay a dry creek bed, far beyond the outskirts of the big city, near a tiny town that nearly everyone forgot existed. It was known as Washpool Gully, but the world had moved on from such insignificant things, and no one had time for dry creek beds. Little did they know there was something stirring in Washpool Gully.

Combining old-fashioned storytelling with contemporary puppetry and miniature sets, The Riddle of Washpool Gully is a reimagined tale of Australian mythology about incredible creatures that might still live in the uncharted corners of our vast country.



Burnie Arts and Function – Friday, 20 April 2018

Presented by Company 13.

A funny fake-bloody tale of greed and power.

This is Shakespeare unplugged and rewired, performed with stupidity and skill! Macdeth is the perfect show for audiences who love the classics with a twist.Ghost Jam!

Ghost Jam!

Burnie Arts & Function Centre – Friday, 4 May 2018

A collaboration between musician Sophie Unsen and comedian Sean Murphy.

Ghost Jam! packs Japan’s best ghost tales into an hour of whirlwind action for kids 5 to 12. Join curmudgeonly storyteller Lafcadio (Murphy) and mischievous musical fox Kitsune (Unsen) as they serve up booming live music and toe-curling stories unlike any you’ve heard before.

Get ready for gasps, giggles and ghoulish good times.



Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine (Illustration: Quentin Blake)George’s Marvellous Medicine

Hobart – Theatre Royal – 31 May to 2 June 2018

Launceston – Princess Theatre – 6 June 2018

A Shake & Stir Theatre Co and QPAC Production.

Cleverly adapted from the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, George’s Marvellous Medicine bounds off the page in a spectacular live show for the whole family.

On a good day, George can’t stand his Grandma. She complains all the time, she’s mean and she smells funny. Wanting to put an end to her constant nagging, George creates a special medicine, greater than any medicine in the history of the world.

What he doesn’t expect is that this medicine may actually work – just not in the way he thinks…


Big Bad WolfBig Bad Wolf

Burnie Arts & Function Centre – Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Presented by Windmill Theatre Company.

He’s the most misunderstood character in fairy tale history. Put simply he has no friends. But then he does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene, and he is the infamous Big Bad Wolf after all. No one likes him. Luckily one girl is brave enough to double check this wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born.

The Ship That Never Was

The Ship That Never Was 

Strahan – Richard Davey, Amphitheatre- Every day (September – May)

Presented by Round Earth Theatre Company.

It’s January 1834. The Frederick is the last ship built at the convict settlement of Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour and is about to sail for the new prison at Port Arthur. Ten convict shipwrights have other ideas. So begins the story of an amazing escape, an extraordinary voyage and an intriguing twist in the tale of The Ship That Never Was. The play tells the dramatic and hilarious true story of the Great Escape from Sarah Island. Delightful family entertainment not to be missed.

Keep an eye on the Tasmanian Arts Guide for more great theatre and events.