GLASSHOUSE PORT MACQUARIE PRESENTS A MONKEY BAA THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION
Edward the Emu
Part of 2022 GLASSHOUSE SELECT Theatre Program
BASED ON THE BOOKS BY SHEENA KNOWLES & ROD CLEMENT
WRITTEN FOR THE STAGE & DIRECTED BY EVA DI CESARE
The award-winning creative team from Monkey Baa Theatre Company are back with a brand-new take on another much-loved tale, Edward the Emu. More than an adaptation, this is a unique imagining of two beloved picture books, Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu, combining the plights of both emus in one heartfelt, clever and funny new tale.
Edward is bored with his lot. Being the only emu at the zoo has left him feeling glum and under the impression that the grass is greener in everyone else’s enclosure. Maybe being a seal, or a lion, or a snake might be a better option in life for a lonely bird? Convinced that the other creatures are more popular, Edward breaks ranks and goes to find the fun and along the way, finds Edwina! Written for the stage by Monkey Baa’s Artistic Director Eva Di Cesare (Diary of a Wombat, Josephine Wants to Dance) we follow the emus as they hilariously navigate their own feathered existential crises, seeking to find their place in the world. Meanwhile, unaware of the birds’ internal worlds, their human keepers are in hot pursuit to restore order to the zoo.
The emus’ journey of hijinks and tenderness leads them to discover that the best thing you can be is... you!
"I absolutely love what you have done ... clever, quirky, and very original"
- Sheena Knowles, author Edward the Emu & Edwina the Emu