Help us tune young ears to quality music around Australia and the world...
Over a week in November 2019, The Owl & the Pussycat team will dock at one of the finest acoustic spaces in the world, The Queensland Conservatorium Theatre. The original cast of Irena Lysiuk, Sarah Murr and Jackson McGovern are reuniting, joined by world-renowned classical music engineer David Spearritt. This first-class recording will be distributed for radio play, streaming and broad exposure worldwide.
Your donation helps us spread this acclaimed new music with children worldwide and share its messages of love, acceptance and harmony.
This project is proudly supported by Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
Sail away with us in our beautiful pea-green boat...
Music composed by Lisa Cheney and libretto by Kathryn Marquet
NOMINATED FOR 4 MATILDA AWARDS INCLUDING BEST COMPOSITION AND BEST ACTRESS
WINNER - BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - JACKSON MCGOVERN
WINNER - BEST COSTUME DESIGN - PENNY CHALLEN
In a pea green boat, an owl and a pussycat sail across the sea for a year and a day to where the Bong-tree grows. Adventure calls, new encounters await and love conquers all in a nostalgic journey and irresistible blend of romance and nonsense.
Little Match Productions' The Owl and the Pussycat is an enchanting and intimate opera for children, based on Edward Lear’s beloved poem. This charming children’s work melds live performance, operatic vocals, chamber music and experiential theatre inside a giant green boat. Created specifically for children 4-10 years, this interactive journey inspires, educates and enthralls by inviting children, alongside their families, carers and teachers, to help our lovable couple reach their destination.
This national collaboration of female artists and arts professionals, including Penny Challen (Opera Q Project Puccini), Alicia Cush (Opera Q, Circa), Kathryn Marquet (La Boite, QTC, Pale Blue Dot), Bridget Boyle (debase productions) and Lisa Cheney (Making Waves, MSO, TSO), has created a landmark musical work for children that encourages imaginative thought, uses tactile learning, and explores the universal themes of love, harmony and acceptance.
The Owl & The Pussycat premiered on Surfers Paradise beach as part of Festival 2018.
The development of The Owl and the Pussycat is supported by Creative Sparks; Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH Lab; APRA Art Music Fund; Works In Progress at the Arts Centre Gold Coast and Queensland Theatre through the Independent Artists @ Queensland Theatre initiative 2017. Creative Sparks is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Composer Lisa Cheney
Writer/Librettist Kathryn Marquet
Director Bridget Boyle
Designer Penny Challen
Creative Producer Alicia Cush
Lighting Designer Geoff Squires
Sound Design Lisa Cheney
Dramaturg Jane Bodie
Design Assistant Caitlin Armstrong
Head of Costume Gayle MacGregor
Production Manager Kylie Mitchell
Production Assistants Meg Hamilton & Freya Hillier
Pussycat Irena Lysiuk
Owl Pia Frangiosa (Original Owl Sarah Murr)
Moon/Sir Kitty/Sea Bear/Piggy-wig/Turkey Jackson MacGovern
Puffins Daniel Byrne, Kathryn McKee & Cameron Kennedy (Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, Jarrad Linke, Andrew Chamberlain & David Freisberg)