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Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s ‘Diary of a Wombat’

Presented by Tennessee Performing Arts Center, TPAC at TEMPORARILY CLOSED TPAC - James K. Polk Theater, Nashville TN

Mar 07 2020
Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s ‘Diary of a Wombat’

Tennessee Performing Arts Center will present a public performance of Diary of a Wombat, the new Australian play for family audiences from Monkey Baa Theatre Company, the award-winning theater company for young people.
All proceeds from this performance will go to WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service, Inc.), Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization, which has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years. WIRES is operating in all the fire areas in Australia. For more information or to make an additional donation, visit
This performance is made possible by Region’s Bank.
Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, Diary of a Wombat is a landmark production featuring stunning puppetry, a live cello score and a brilliant set design in Monkey Baa’s signature style.
Diary of a Wombat is the story of Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia, who is bored with her daily routine. She goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence humans are quite easily trained!
Millions of young people around the world have adored the book. Now, finally, this iconic work has been adapted for the stage by Monkey Baa’s Creative Directorate Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry.
“What Monkey Baa has done is extraordinary,” says French, the book’s author. “In fact, what they have done is impossible, but Monkey Baa has always done the impossible.”
In addition to Di Cesare, the production features a team of revered creatives including Puppetry and Movement Director Alice Osborne (“War Horse”), designer Imogen Ross (“Hitler’s Daughter”) and accomplished composer Oonagh Sherrard (“The Tribe”) who use the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story to the stage.
“We’ve assembled an extraordinary team of artists to bring this iconic picture book to life,” says Di Cesare. “Diary of a Wombat is such an enduring childhood classic, and audiences are going to fall in love with Mothball all over again when she burrows her way on to our stage.”
The show stars Michael Cullen (“War Horse”), Julia Ohannessian (“Hamlet”) and Shondelle Pratt (“Man of La Mancha”) with cellist Mary Rapp also acting as the voice of Mothball.
This tour of Diary of a Wombat is proudly supported by the Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C.
About Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Since 1997, Monkey Baa has been creating inspiring, award-winning theatre for young audiences. Creative Directors Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry have adapted more than 15 classic Australian stories for the stage, with the common thread running through all work that young people’s interests are valued and respected. As Australia’s widest-reaching touring company, Monkey Baa has conducted more than 25 national tours to 135 regional and remote communities across every state and territory of Australia, three international tours and more than 2,500 performances, and engaged with 1.2 million young people. As resident company at the custom-designed, fully accessible Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre, Monkey Baa curates an annual season of theatre for young people in school holidays and term time, presenting Monkey Baa plays and work from other Australian and international companies.

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