The Art House presents

The Owl and the Pussycat

12 Jul - 13 Jul 2022 Showing at The Art House Studio

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This performance is the rescheduled date from 8-9th July, 2021. All existing ticket holders have been transferred.

All Art House patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health Order guidelines at the time of performance. CLICK HERE to view the current COVID safety measures, updated as legislation changes.

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 Tuesday 12th 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 Tuesday performance.

Or, on Wednesday 13th 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


Owl - Natasha Veselinovic

Pussycat - Laura Coutts

Moon/Piggywig/Sir Kitty/Turkey/Sea Bear - Hayden Rodgers

Musical Puffin - Mark Connors


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


Tue 12 Jul 2022 - 6PM

Wed 13 Jul 2022 - 10AM

Wed 13 Jul 2022 - 12PM

Important Information

Duration: 45 mins


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

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