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Snugglepot & Cuddlepie World Premiere These July School Holidays

May 23, 2015 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

The Australian bush comes to Sydney Opera House these school holidays with Gumnut Babies emerging from treetops in search of humans and country circus performers cartwheeling into the city from 27 June – 12 July.

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Sydney Opera House Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning Bridgette Van Leuven, said: “Australian landscapes have inspired artists for generations so it is a joy to present two shows that evoke such distinctly Australian worlds. Childhood stories ofSnugglepot & Cuddlepie are synonymous with our sense of national identity connected with the bush. And touring from a bush setting we have the return of the inspiring regional company The Flying Fruit Fly Circus with Circus Under My Bed. Both these shows celebrate the magic of children’s imaginations and it is a delight to share these local voices with children.”


Adored characters, the Gumnut Babies, will come to life for the world premiere of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie at the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, from 27 June – 12 July. The much-loved tales of the Gumnut Babies have delighted generations of children and been continuously in print since their 1918 release. Creator May Gibbs captured the essence of the Australian environment, bringing local eccentricities to life through her characterisation of native animals.

Brothers Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are on a brave journey to see a human, joined by friends Little Ragged Blossom, Professor Kookaburra and many helpful creatures from the Australian bush. But beware the Big Bad Banksia Man! Almost 100 years since their adventures were first published, Snugglepot & Cuddlepie continues to conjure the Australian landscape and its unique flora and fauna. May Gibbs’ magical characters suggest a hidden world that may pass by us unseen amongst the gumtrees.


The circus is back in town! Following the success of its premiere season in 2014, Circus Under My Bed returns to the Opera House, transforming the Studio into a circus big top from 1 – 12 July. An imaginative young girl reluctantly packs up her bedroom the night before moving house. Helping her prepare for the journey is a host of circus friends hidden under her bed. Circus Under My Bed draws on the joy of circus with a nod to vaudeville and is performed entirely by a troupe under 19 years of age.

Described by critics as an essential national treasure, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is Australia’s only full-time circus school. Based in the regional city of Albury, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus will delight children young and old with their infectious energy and enthusiasm. Families be warned: children that experience Circus Under My Bedwill almost certainly want to run away with the circus!

“This is family circus at its very best. Highly recommended.”
Sydney Morning Herald
“Gasp inducing acrobatic feats… the performers captivate and inspire.”
Daily Telegraph
“The country’s next generation of circus performers link impressive acts with a warm story… inspired.”
The Australian

Join other children for a live, interactive game during free Creative Play in the Western Foyers every day of the holidays. Democracy rules as children collaborate to move their Player, projected onto a wall, to escape the Hunter. Team up to control the actions of characters in a high-stakes chase across the foyer walls. Creative Play has been conceived and developed by the Sydney Opera House Creative Play Artistic Team and incorporates floors, walls, two locations and technology . For longer plays, turn up early or stay after shows.

Spend a full day at the Opera House with the Family Package. SeeSnugglepot & Cuddlepie, enjoy a harbour side lunch and take a Junior Tour to become an Opera House expert.  After a sell-out season last school holidays The Family Package is the perfect way to laugh, learn and lunch for a day.

Discover the illustrations that inspired the stories of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie with an exhibition of May Gibbs’ works, free every day in the Western Foyers.

The Sydney Opera House Kids at the House program is a year-round series of performances and creative experiences for young people. Keep up to date with Kids at the House by joining the Facebook page: Kids at the House – Sydney Opera House

27 June – 12 July
Venue: Playhouse, Sydney Opera House

Snugglepot & Cuddlepie is part of The Balnaves Foundation Open House Program – a new partnership between the Opera House and The Balnaves Foundation, helping to make the arts more accessible to everyone, regardless of their circumstance. The program will assist up to 12,000 socially and economically disadvantaged adults and children to attend performances at the country’s premier cultural venue over three years. Visit

1 – 12 July
Venue: Studio, Sydney Opera House

27 June – 12 July, 10am – 4pm every day
Venue: Western Foyers, Sydney Opera House

27 June – 12 July

Dates: 27 June – 12 July
Prices: from $18 children, $29.60 adults or $95 for a family (2 adults, 2 children)

Kids lunch options available at Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen, The House Eatery by George and Theatre Bars
Dates: 27 June – 12 July
Prices: from $7.50

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