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ARC by Erth

Term 3

ARC brings to the stage stories of fragility and beauty. It is a brand new work that presents a rare opportunity to meditate amidst the hustle and bustle of a careless world.

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Supporting young voices to speak on matters that affect their world

Showcasing exquisite puppetry, an enigmatic host, audience interaction, an array of snow leopards, hammerhead sharks, microbats, elephants, ad infinitum, and more - ARC is a profound experience that embraces the natural world and the creatures that co-habit this place we call Earth.

ARC presents intimate, magical encounters with rare and vulnerable species, raising important questions about our collective and individual relationship with nature and loss. Renown as innovators of physical and visual theatre, for the past two decades, Erth’s body of work has explored the depths of the past.

ARC will be Erth's fifth presentation at Sydney Opera House, following successful seasons of Prehistoric World (2021), Dinosaur Zoo (2019), Prehistoric Aquarium (2017) and Dinosaur Zoo (2015). With ARC, they look unblinkingly to the future, as this menagerie of rare and exotic animals transforms the stage before your very eyes.

ARC by Erth is a Sydney Opera House New Work Now commission, enabled by Jillian Segal AO & John Roth on behalf of Yarranabbe Foundation.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Curriculum Links




Early Stage 1

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Science and Technology

Living world

STe-3LW-ST explores the characteristics, needs and uses of living things

ST1-4LW-S describes observable features of living things and their environments

ST2-4LW-S compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things

ST3-4LW-S examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things



DRAES1.4 Responds to dramatic experiences.

DRAS1.4 Appreciates dramatic work during the making of their own drama and the drama of others.

DRAS2.4 Responds to, and interprets drama experiences and performances

DRAES1.4 Responds to dramatic experiences.



GEe-1 identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people

GE1-1 describes features of places and the connections people have with places

GE2-1 examines features and characteristics of places and environments

GE3-1 describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments

Venue Information

In line with the NSW Public Health Order, venue capacity is currently limited to 75%. This includes all performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you may be seated directly alongside other patrons.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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