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The Rabbits (Pitch Project)
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Last updated: 7/19/2016
The Rabbits (Pitch Project)
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The Rabbits (Pitch Project)
PO Box 291
Strawberry Hills
New South Wales
2012  Australia
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61 (2) 93 18 83 14 (Phone)
  Opera Australia & Barking Gecko Theatre Company in association with West Australian Opera Co-commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival
  Loretta Busby
  Artistic Administrator
Project Information
  Composer: Kate Miller-Heidke; Libretto: Lally Katz; Musical Arrangements & Additional Music: Iain Grandage; Adaptor & Director: John Sheedy
  Music, Opera, Theater
  Contemporary & Young Audiences
  The Rabbits is an evocative and deeply moving story. Adapted into a 60 minute opera for young people from the haunting picture book by John Marsden and Shaun Tan, it tells of colonisation, displacement and, ultimately, of hope.

Lally Katz transforms Marsden's spare poetry into an enchanting libretto. Butterfly-voiced opera and pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke wrote the "simply beautiful" score (The Guardian) and performs alongside a talented cast of opera singers and contemporary music performers.

The Rabbits swept the 2015 Helpmann Awards, winning four awards including: Best New Australian Work, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Presentation for Children.
  62 minutes (no intermission)
  11 cast & 5 band
  February 2015
  Perth International Arts Festival, Australia
  Available on request
  International touring partners
  Melbourne 2016 ISPA Congress
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