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2009 Event Media Release - Darlingwood Tales

Media Release: Monday, September 21, 2009

Sydney Opera House presents
Darlingwood Tales
by Loose Canon Arts

12 – 20 December
The Studio

Hijinks and high kicks aplenty!

Something strange and mysterious is afoot in Darlingwood, a peculiar precinct in a big city where just about anything goes.

Set in a wonderful urban neighbourhood of laneways and terrace houses, the citizens of Darlingwood are mysteriously disappearing. Who could possibly be responsible and why?

Commissioned by Sydney Opera House, Darlingwood Tales is outlandish December school holiday fun the entire family will love.

With a cast of scheming thieves, shysters and showgirls, this innovative musical theatre experience will transport audiences into a deliciously eccentric and boldly unexpected realm of contemporary urban Australian fairy tales.

After the mysterious disappearances of the Whippet Triplets, Burt and Ivy Brooze and the Leaf Brothers, the beautiful fortune teller Bella de Ball persuades Inspector Detektif Fludel to expose the villain.

Drawn into an enchanting web of deceit, trickery and greed, this trio of original stories combine classic fairy tale sentiment with the wit, wisdom and wackiness of Darlingwood’s ‘gutteratti’.

With a nod to Roald Dahl and the madness of Looney Tunes cartoons, this all-new family favourite cleverly reinterprets old-time Australian vaudeville for young contemporary audiences.

Loose Canon Arts have spent the past 10 years creating fantastic adventures that veer off the beaten track of children’s entertainment.

Loose Canon has performed for thousands of children, families and students all over the world. The company performs at various festivals and events throughout Australia, as well as touring twice a year to South East Asia and the Middle East.

Their most recent shows Monkeyshines: Kabaret for Kids and How to Read Tea Leaves and Other Tales of Outrageous Fortune were staged at Sydney Opera House in 2008.

Writer: Liesel Badorrek  Director: Jo Turner
Cast: Liesel Badorrek, Drew Fairley and Johnny Nasser
Music composed and performed by: Leonie Cohen
Designer: Kate Shanahan Lighting Designer: Eddie Welsh

SEASON DETAILS: Darlingwood Tales
Dates/Times: Saturday and Sunday December 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 10am & 12.30pm
Venue:  The Studio
Tickets: All tickets $26, $22 groups 4+
Suitability: Ages 4 – 12
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online at
Duration: 60 minutes

Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121 /


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