Edward the Emu

Next date: Friday, 12 August 2022 | 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM


  • Friday, 12 August 2022 | 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
  • Friday, 12 August 2022 | 06:00 PM - 06:50 PM
Edward The Emu

The time has come for the Emus to tell their story, their way!

The award-winning Monkey Baa team brings to the stage a new imagining of the classic Australian books by Sheena Rowles and Rod Clement.

Auslan icon Frankston Arts Centre The 11am performance will be Auslan Interpreted

Event Description

The award-winning creative team from Monkey Baa Theatre Company are back with a brand-new take on another much-loved tale, Edward the Emu. More than an adaptation, this is a unique imagining of two beloved picture books, Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu, combining the plights of both emus in one heartfelt, clever and funny new tale.

Edward is bored with his lot. Being the only emu at the zoo has left him feeling glum and under the impression that the grass is greener in everyone else’s enclosure. Maybe being a seal, or a lion, or a snake might be a better option in life for a lonely bird? Convinced that the other creatures are more popular, Edward breaks ranks and goes to find the fun and along the way, finds Edwina! Written for the stage by Monkey Baa’s Artistic Director Eva Di Cesare (Diary of a Wombat, Josephine Wants to Dance) we follow the emus as they hilariously navigate their own feathered existential crises, seeking to find their place in the world. Meanwhile, unaware of the birds’ internal worlds, their human keepers are in hot pursuit to restore order to the zoo.

With exceptional, world-class puppet creation from Bryony Anderson and Alice Osborne’s puppetry direction, an original score from composer/sound designer Nate Edmondson, set and costume design by Isabel Hudson (Best Stage Design of An Independent Production, 2020 Sydney Theatre Award), lighting design by Matt Cox and inventive storytelling from Di Cesare, the emus’ journey of hijinks and tenderness leads them to discover that the best thing you can be is …. you!

Monkey Baa Theatre Company has been creating classic, much-loved productions for young people for over 20 years. Edward the Emu carries on the vision to make theatre an intrinsic part of young people’s lives with the quality, humour and heart that has made Monkey Baa a favourite of families across Australia.


Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and Monkey Baa

Suitable for ages 4-10 years and their families. The 11am performance will be Auslan Interpreted for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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 Thanks to our 2022 partners:

FAC Partners theatre cube 37 Frankston Arts Centre

Information for Schools

Expression of Interest form

This performance has been selected for schools due to its educational value and alignment with the Victorian Curriculum. Let us know if you are interested in organising a booking for your students to see this show by completing our EOI form.

We will be in contact when bookings open and you can then confirm your seats with Box Office.

Detailed Warnings for Teachers

None. Suitable for Primary: Foundation – Year 4

The 11am performance will be Auslan Interpreted

Subject Links



An Education Resource Kit can be downloaded here(PDF, 2MB).

Information for Educators

An adaptation of the book, the story is an exploration of belonging and being true to yourself. The play will feature live puppetry bringing the story to life.

COVID-Safe Plan

Our COVID-Safe Plan outlines recent changes, which we ask that you comply with when visiting the Frankston Arts Centre. We want to keep our audiences, performers, crew and staff safe and healthy so we can enjoy arts, entertainment and events together! You can view our COVID-Safe changes outlined in full detail here.











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