The Grand Ragtag Animal Band

In our youth obsessed culture, what is the value of our older citizens? 

Following the success of The Owl and the Pussycat, comes a new favourite for our littlest theatre lovers.

Based on a beloved Brothers Grimm tale, The Grand Ragtag Animal Band is a whimsical 50-minute musically-driven theatre work for Families. 

The tale begins with four animals at the end of their working life, who have long toiled at menial tasks. They have been unable to pursue what truly matters to them - making music. Donkey, Hound, Cat and Rooster set off to become musicians in the fabled town of Bremen. Along the way, the friends find renewed vigour for life through making music and overcome obstacles by working together. 

This tale reminds us of the value of our oldest citizens in society. Age brings experience, wisdom and knowledge to find solutions. In our youth obsessed culture, it is a perfect tale for grandparents and parents to share with loved ones.

The Grand Ragtag Animal Band has been created as part of the Working Title Creative Residency program, with the support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Brisbane Festival and the Judith Wright Arts Centre.


Concept by Alicia Cush, Penny Challen and Kathryn Marquet

Writer Kathryn Marquet
Director Bridget Boyle
Composer Quentin Grant
Co-Designer/Costume Designer Penny Challen
Co-Designer/Animator:Andi Spark 
Lighting Designer Geoff Squires 
Creative/Performer Karin Schaupp 
Creative/Performer/Creative Producer Alicia Cush

Artwork by Penny Challen