The Arrival




Adapted from the award-winning book by Shaun Tan

Follow Aki as he starts life amidst the extraordinary inhabitants of this new land.

Will he find a place to live?

Will he find a job and make friends? 

Most of all, will Aki ever see his family again?

The absence of words not only makes this story perfect for puppetry but emphasizes the isolation experienced by many people arriving in a new place.

The Arrival is a fusion of Tan’s beautiful and surreal illustrations with exquisite puppetry, haunting music and fine acting. This ground-breaking production blurs the boundaries of performance, digital animation and puppetry.

Shaun Tan’s fantastical world comes to life in a strange and wonderful metropolis full of floating ships, mysterious lights, alien symbols and weird animals.

It is in this new place that our hero Aki makes his home.

“The Arrival is simply exquisite theatre….this is a production that will have both children and adults mesmerized. It moves me to tears – and I wasn’t alone rummaging around for a hanky,” The West Australian

RUNNING TIME: 55 minutes, plus post-show Q&A

RECOMMENDED FOR: All ages, perfect for 5+

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Proudly sponsored by Otway Fly, Cow Lick Bookshop and Quest Skills for Life



  • Tuesday, 22 August 2017 | 10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
  • Tuesday, 22 August 2017 | 01:30 PM - 02:25 PM


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