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The Art House presents

The Owl and the Pussycat

8 Jul - 9 Jul 2021 Showing at The Art House Studio

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All Art House patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines. As per the latest Government legislation, face masks are no longer mandatory in the auditorium and no vacant seats are held between bookings. We are now operating at 100% capacity. Due to this we highly recommend that you continue to wear a face mask whilst in the auditorium as you may be seated directly next to someone else.

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The Art House Presents    

The Owl and the Pussycat
By Lisa Cheney and Kathryn Marquet

From Little Match Productions

In a pea green boat, an owl and a pussycat sail across the sea for a year and a day to fair Bong-tree Bay. Adventure calls, new encounters await and love conquers all in a nostalgic musical journey and irresistible blend of romance and nonsense.

The Owl and the Pussycat is an enchanting and intimate theatrical experience for families, based on Edward Lear’s beloved childhood poem. Created by a national team of award-winning artists for children 4-10 years, be swept away in this all-new opera, featuring stunning vocals, interactive theatre, puppetry and a troupe of musical Puffins.

This interactive journey inspires, educates and enthrals by inviting children, alongside their families, carers and teachers, to participate in musical and multi-sensory ways to help our lovable couple reach their destination. Aboard a giant magical pea green boat, meet our pair’s colourful and eccentric new friends, as they are brought to life on deck.

Ahoy! Come set sail with this charming show and landmark music work for children that explores the universal themes of love, adventure, harmony and acceptance. You might even meet a honey-hooked Sea Bear, an itty bitty Kitty and a punky Piggy Wig.


On Thursday 8th July at 4pm, children are invited to participate in an accompanying music workshop. Play percussion instruments and explore the show's themes of harmony, adventure and acceptance. To book the workshop + show package click here.  *Only available with Thursday performance.

Or, on Friday 9th July at 11am, join us for a free origami boat-making workshop. Stay after the 10am show or come early for the 12pm performance. 


Illustrations are by Penelope Challen

This project has been supported by APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, Creative Sparks, a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council, and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Tour supported by arTour an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.





Cast & Creatives


Bridget Boyle   

Writer/Librettist: Kathryn Marquet

Composer: Lisa Cheney

Creative Producer: Alicia Cush

Designer/Producer: Penny Challen

Lighting Designer: Geoff Squires

Dramaturg: Jane Bodie

Production Manager: Kylie Mitchell

Design Assistant: Caitlin Armstrong


Pussycat: Irena Lysiuk

Owl: Sarah Murr

Moon/Piggy-wig/Turkey Prophet/Mice/Honey Bear: Jackson McGovern


Assistant Musical Director: Luke Volker







“…humour and quirkiness to perfection.” Cut Common

“…this adaptation managed to modernize it with a coherent and engaging story while keeping the character of the original” Cut Common

“…a creative gem of homegrown talent” Stage Whispers

“The children were enraptured…” Weekend Notes Brisbane

“…fun and seriously entertaining.” Absolute Theatre



“I was blown away by the quality of the entire production.”

“Wow. A beautiful, engaging performance.”

“The cast were funny, engaging and so talented.”

“A magical show that enchanted children and adults alike!”

“This is a opera full of adventure and magic. This is a great opera for all ages. It is interesting and fun to watch. The stage was beautiful, and the costumes were amazing!”

Charlotte, aged 9

“It was the greatest play I have seen in my life”

Oscar, aged 8



The Art House Studio


Thu 08 Jul 2021 - 6PM

Fri 09 Jul 2021 - 10AM

Fri 09 Jul 2021 - 12PM

Important Information

Duration: 45 mins


Adult $20
Children $15
Family $60 (2A, 2C or 1A, 3C)
Vacation Care group $12
Thursday Show and Music workshop $20

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