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.

Artwork by Penny Challen

The Babushka Book Club

Three unlikely bibliophiles deconstruct the classics, try to look smarter than they are and drink a lot of pinot grigio. After performing to rapturous applause at Queensland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival, the three girls of Babushka want to discuss some serious literature and expand the membership of their bawdy book club.  

Following hit tours of Happily Ever After and Doll, the girls are back with The Babushka Book Club to dive into the pages your favourite novels, be it chick lit, the NY Times best seller, or the well-thumbed erotic thriller on your bedside table. 

Be entertained by a wickedly funny cabaret that features the iconic music of Fleetwood Mac and Lana del Rey through to Radiohead and Elton John, as Babushka turns your best loved novels inside-out and colours them various shades of grey. 

Babushka will give Elizabeth Bennett a make-up tutorial, slap the handcuffs on Christian, and say ‘boy, bye!’ to Heathcliff. These licentious literary critics, (who totally read the book before they saw the movie), demand a fresh look at Jane Austen and some more snacks. Pass the brie!

Creatives

Conceived and created by Babushka - Alicia Cush, Bethan Ellsmore & Judy Hainsworth, Designer: Penny Challen

Touring 2021