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FOX is an internationally acclaimed book for young readers written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Ron Brooks.


In 2010 the Monkey Baa team, in association with Siren Theare Co,  present an outstanding adaptation which opened at the Seymour Centre in April 2010 before a 30 week national tour.


The haunting text is set to music by Daryl Wallis and the action of the story is presented through a series of poetic visual and striking physical images.


Beautifully designed and imaginatively conceived this is a story of friendship and courage.  


Suitable for ages 8 - 108! 

Directed by Kate Gaul 

Original Music by Daryl Wallis

Designer Gabriela Tylesova

Projection Designer Mick Gruchy 

Lighting Designer Luiz Pamphola

Sound Designer David Gilfillan 

Movement Consultant: Raymond Mather

Puppetry Consultant: Ingrid Maganov 


Cast : David Buckley, Jay Gallagher, Sarah Jones, Jane Phegan 


Production Manager Micah Johnson

Stage Manager Alison Hepburn-Brown

“It is important that the theatrical adaptation retains the extraordinary poetry of Margaret Wild’s original story.  The challenge has been how to bring the powerful and multi-layered story telling of the book into the shared space of the performers and audience.”

“There’s an amazing electricity generated between the human voice, body, image and story and it’s an enormous privilege to bring this story alive for young audiences and their families in a theatrical context.”


“Music is an incredible way to access emotions, inner landscapes and associations. It’s an age-old story telling device which we have combined with our responses to the book’s themes of transformation, courage and friendship in this rich theatre experience.”


“Magpie’s life is transformed by both Dog and Fox. So in making the show we use the idea of transformation as a mechanism to build the theatrical story telling.  Can a human body change scale and become a small puppet? Or can a shadow become a three dimensional form?  It’s exciting and puts us in touch with the powerful experience of the characters. It’s a very playful process and this keeps the story telling light.”


“Margaret Wild’s story is a spectacular book, with stunning illustrations by Ron Brooks. It is evocative story with a dark underbelly.  We have transformed this static imagery into a work for the stage that is symbolic, present and alive.” Kate Gaul (Director)

“the emotions stirred by this show makes it a memorable experience” Sydney Morning Herald 


“sensational… an opera of our time ” Jacketflap



Photography Heidrun Lohr

From the rehearsal room (photographer: Alex Vaughan)  

FOX National Tour 2010

10-17 April Seymour Centre, Sydney NSW - 

27-28 Shedley Theatre, Elizabeth, SA

29-30 Golden Grove Arts Centre, Modbury SA

4-5 May Bunbury Entertainment Centre WA

6 Margaret River Cultural Centre WA

10 Albany Town Hall WA

12 Show Biz Esperance WA

13-14 Goldfields Theatre Kalgoorlie WA

17-18 Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton WA

20 Carnarvon Civic Centre, WA

22-24 Walkington Theatre Karratha WA

27-28 Darwin Entertainment Centre NT

30-31 Mount Isa Civic Centre QLD

2-4 June QUT Gardens Theatre Brisbane QLD

8-9 Ipswich Civic Centre QLD

11 Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre

15-16 Manning Entertainment Centre Taree NSW

17-18 The Glasshouse Port Macquarie NSW

21-23 Q Theatre Penrith NSW

24-26 Civic Theatre Newcastle NSW

28-29 Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre NSW

30- 2 July Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, NSW

7-8 Her Majesty's Theatre Ballarat VIC

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