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2011 Event Media Release - Hairy Maclary and Friends

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

15 December – 15 January

Smash-hit family show Hairy Maclary and Friends joins this year’s Summer at the House line up.

Just in time for the school holidays, Hairy Maclary and Friends, will make its Australian debut on the Playhouse stage as part of Summer at the House from 15 December. Children as young as one can experience their first live theatre performance at Sydney Opera House starring their favourite animal friends in this adaptation of author Lynley Dodd’s original series, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.

This interactive show features live music and singing from favourite Hairy Maclary books and the audience is encouraged to sing-a-long. Children will instantly recognize the characters: Hercules Morse, as big as a horse; Bottomley Potts, covered in spots; Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum, Scarface Claw, the toughest tomcat in town and of course Hairy Maclary!

Fresh from a sell out season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a summer tour throughout the UK, Hairy Maclary and Friends adds to the range of school holiday activities Sydney Opera House has on offer.

The hugely popular Creative Play Area in the Western Foyers will be back, this time with a summer theme; Creative Play Parkland. Here children will be encouraged to create their own park using Play-Doh and recycled materials. Also returning these school holidays are the Kids Discovery Tours where families are taken on a kid friendly journey through the House to learn about the history and creation of Australia’s premiere performing arts centre.

Lynley Dodd is an internationally celebrated writer for children and has written ten Hairy Maclary books. Her stories are known for their curious animal characters and memorable illustrations. She has received numerous awards and in 2002 was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to children’s literature.

Hairy Maclary and Friends is part of Sydney Opera House’s Summer at the House. Full program to be announced in November. Tickets for Hairy Maclary and Friends go on sale this Friday, 28 October.

This is a production from Nonsenseroom Productions UK.

This is old-school children’s theatre in all the right ways. * * * * The List (Edinburgh)

15 December 2011 – 15 January 2012 (excluding 19, 25 – 26, 31 Dec & 1 – 2, 9 - 10 Jan)
Times: 9:30am & 11:30am
Venue: Playhouse
Tickets: Premium $49 / A Res $39 / B Res $29
Suitability: 1+
Running Time: 55 minutes
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or 

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