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Creature – An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo: Creative Learning

Featuring acrobats, aerialists and breathtaking visual projections, Creature is a modern retelling of the classic Australian story of Dot and the Kangaroo.

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“To the children of Australia, in hope of enlisting their sympathies for the many beautiful, … creatures of their fair land"

Ethel C. Pedley, Author

An immersive theatrical experience for students

Combining physical theatre, interactive digital technology and storytelling, Creature is a modern retelling of the 1899 Australian classic children’s book, Dot and the Kangaroo.

Lost in the Australian bush and rescued by a kangaroo, Dot is given magical berries that allow her to understand all of the animals around her. As Dot makes her way home, she meets all sorts of Indigenous flora and fauna and discovers their quirky characteristics amidst the beauty and fragility of the Australian bush. But how long before this unique native wildlife disappears as humans encroach on the land? This immersive performance will introduce students to the magical world of the Australian bush and explore how our actions affect the animals and plants that call it home.

First commissioned by QPAC for the 2016 Out of the Box Festival.

Presented by Sydney Opera House, Stalker Theatre and Out of the Box

Creature: An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo

NSW Curriculum Links




Early Stage 1

Stage 1

General capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities





Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Civics and citizenship Ethical understanding
Personal and social understanding capability
Critical and creative thinking
Difference and diversity






People Live in Places
People and Places Features of Places




Personal and Family Histories
The Past in The Present




Thinking imaginatively and creatively
Expressing themselves



Your Creative Learning Journey

This live performance program comes with a dedicated Creative Learning Journey, featuring recommended activities for your students and a teacher resource pack. Equipped with our Creative Learning Journey, you’ll embark on a program of experiences designed for deeper learning, including live-streamed classroom workshops and tailor made professional learning.

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Ticket and Travel Subsidy

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing the very best national and international performing arts experiences to NSW students as part of their educational studies.

The Sydney Opera House Arts Assist program provides the full cost of the Creative Learning performance ticket and $5 per student toward travel costs. School applications are assessed according to socioeconomic disadvantage, schools with special needs and individual responses regarding the School Profile and School Community.

The Sydney Opera House thanks and acknowledges our generous Arts Assist donors; The Greatorex Foundation and Sydney Opera House Ladies’ Committee.

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