The Art House presents


13 Sep - 14 Sep 2024 Showing at The Art House Studio

Info Cast & Creatives Reviews


The Art House presents

An instant Australian classic, Beetle tells the story of a child who finds a friend in her backyard; together they embark on an adventure to search for the now elusive Christmas Beetle. 

The magic of the bush habitat is brought to life through Legs On The Wall’s trademark physical storytelling, and animation created from original artworks by beloved children’s author and illustrator Freya Blackwood.

A tale of resilience and hope, Beetle reminds young audiences that there’s an important place in the world for all of us.

This charming, nostalgic and uniquely Australian show invites children and families to join the adventure, encountering larger than life beetles, stick insects, and other bush critters while finding out about the uncanny nature and delicate balance of the bush environment.

This performance will take place in our studio, which is general admission un-assigned seating.

Beetle is commissioned by the North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA) and The Art House Wyong and was supported by Inner West Council. Legs On The Wall are supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Cast & Creatives

BEETLE by Legs On The Wall

Concept by Joshua Thomson

Created and Directed by Kate Walder & Joshua Thomson

Illustrations by Freya Blackwood

Featuring Christy Tran, Lloyd Allison-Young and Olivia Hadley with Vicki Van Hout as the voice of the tree

Video Design by Susie Henderson

Sound Design by Luke Smiles

Composition by Jessica Dunn

Lighting Design by Gareth Simmonds

Costumes designed and created by Melanie Gillbank

Scenic Art by ERTH incorporating recycled set pieces from prior Legs productions


"a striking show which takes young viewers on an immersive journey into nature by fusing puppetry, physical theatre, circus, video projection, and set and costume design with seamless imagination... adults attending will feel just as great a sense of wonder at the spectacular world it invites us into" - The Scotsman

"Legs On The Wall, the Australian theatre company behind Beetle, superbly blends a touching storyline with visual splendor... This is definitely the show of the Fringe that changed my perspective of the natural world" - Playbill 

Audience reviews: 

"Hand's down the best children's show I've ever taken my daughter to! Funny, moving and beautifully done"

"It was soooo brilliant!!! We LOVED it. Best thins I've taken the kids to hands down"

"I learnt not to take seeds from the earth so more trees can grow and all the Christmas Beetle families can live there" - Young Audience Member edeinburghfestivalsforkids


The Art House Studio


Fri 13 Sep 2024 - 10AM

Fri 13 Sep 2024 - 12:30PM

Sat 14 Sep 2024 - 11AM

Important Information

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval
Warnings: Flashing lights and Haze effects may be used
Age recommendation: 6-14 years old
For accessible/wheelchair bookings please call the Box Office
ATTENTION: This performance will take place in our Studio, which is general admission un-assigned seating


Adult: $25.00
Encore Member: $20.00
Child under 12: $20.00
Family of 4 (2A,2C or 1A,3C): $75.00
School Groups: $15.00

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