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Diary of a Wombat Image: Text © Jackie French Illustrations © Bruce Whatley

Diary of a Wombat

Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
Concept by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry

Meet the naughtiest wombat in Australia as the award-winning picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to life on stage with Monkey Baa.


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“This show is a winner for the little kid theatre set.”

Adventure, Baby


Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley 

Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia.  Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her.  Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial.  In her journey, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!

Young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat.  Monkey Baa Director Eva Di Cesare and a team of respected artists including Designer Imogen Ross, Puppetry and Movement Director Alice Osborne, Puppetry Maker Bryony Anderson and Composer Oonagh Sherrar use the magic of puppetry and a live cello to bring this delightful non-verbal adaptation to the stage. 

Sydney Opera House presents a Monkey Baa Production. 

Director Eva Di Cesare
Performers Kailah Cabanas, Michael Cullen, Samantha Hickey, Mary Rapp (cellist)

Diary of a Wombat Image: Robert Catto
Justine Clarke sitting in an arm chair outside Sydney Opera House holding Diary of a Wombat picture book

Footlights & Booklights: Diary of a Wombat read by Justine Clarke

Settle in for story time with Justine Clarke as she reads Diary of a Wombat, the award-winning picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.

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