A boy wakes to finds he has grown. He recognises the stranger in the mirror, but his parents, his town do not. Outside his childhood bedroom he finds a bird that cannot fly and together the strangers embark on adventures.

This is the story about their journey to the big city, what they find there, what they join in and what they make themselves. A story about flying from nests, birdsong, the nature of man and wild things and growing up.

From Slingsby, the award winning company that created the internationally acclaimed hit The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, comes this enveloping world of pearly prose, lustrous live music, melancholia and sunshine.

Highlights reel

Meet the creative team

Andy Packer

Artistic Director

Andy co-founded Slingsby Theatre Company as Artistic Director. In ten years Slingsby has toured its original productions to 70 venues in 44 cities all over Australia and the world.

Since completing a BA of Theatre Studies at Adelaide University in 1992, Andy’s arts career has encompassed many roles including Creative Producer, ensemble Actor/Creator and Festival Director. In 2007 Andy co-founded Slingsby Theatre Company as Artistic Director. In ten years Slingsby has toured its original productions to 70 venues in 44 cities and towns across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, Scotland, Spain, Ireland and Norway, winning 14 industry awards along the way.

Alongside Slingsby, Andy has built a freelance career as a Director of opera, musical theatre, cabaret and concerts. Most recently Andy directed Vigil, written by Steve Vizard and Joe Chindamo and starring Christie Whelan-Browne for Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2017 (4.5 stars, Limelight). Andy has Directed for State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival of Arts and Adelaide Chamber Singers. Andy is respected nationally and internationally for creating moments of human intimacy and emotional truth in both intimate one hander productions and in large operatic and orchestral scale works, for child, family and adult audiences.

In January 2016 Andy became the first Australian to join the Board of Management of Philadelphia-based IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth).

Andy and his wife Jane love living in Adelaide with their three school-age sons and retired greyhound.

Geoff Cobham

Artstic Associate - Lighting

Geoff has worked as an Event Producer, Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Public Artist and Venue Designer. His work has ranged from many smaller innovative productions to large scale theatre/dance productions, festivals, art exhibitions, events, museums and venue creation.

Awards include: Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution, Green Room Award Best lighting Design for Night Letters (State Theatre Company of South Australia), Sydney Theatre Award Best Lighting Design for Never Did Me Any Harm (Force Majeure), Helpman Award for Best Scenic Design for Little Bird (State Theatre Company of South Australia). Geoff is Artistic Associate (Design) for Slingsby.

Quincy Grant

Artistic Associate - Composer

Quincy is an Adelaide based director of theatre, music theatre and opera. He has also worked as creative producer of multidisciplinary arts programs, producer of large-scale outdoor events and festival director. Quincy is an Adelaide based director of theatre, music theatre and opera.

Quincy Grant composes music for theatre, concert stage and film. His work includes music for plays such as The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, and When the Rain Stops Falling; many works for orchestra that have been played in Germany, Canada, and by the leading Australian orchestras; and soundtracks for films and documentaries broadcast on the ABC and SBS. He also writes for concert performances and film, and plays in many groups: from rock to new music and, most recently wild gypsy music with Golonka.

He is co-director of The Firm, a company that presents concerts each year featuring Australian classical musicians in programmes of new Australian music along side interesting repertoire. In 2013 his first opera, An Ode to Nonsense, was premiered by Slingsby and the State Opera of South Australia.

This is the seventh wonderful show he has done with Slingsby!

Quincy lives in Adelaide with four dear ones – Anna, Arland, Clara and Miranda.

Production Credits

  • Director/ Original Concept Andy Packer
  • Writer Finegan Kruckemeyer
  • Composer Quincy Grant
  • Executive Producer Jodi Glass
  • Musician Cam Goodall
  • Musician Gareth Chin
  • Musician Quincy Grant
  • Designer Wendy Todd
  • Lighting Design Dave Green
  • Initial Design Concept Geoff Cobham
  • Animation People's Republic Of Animation
  • Imagery Andy Ellis
  • Production Manager Francoise Piron
  • Stage Manager Lucie Balsamo
  • Marketing Manager Lucy Markey

Production Credits

What people are saying

“***** [five stars]…"brilliant feelgood family theatre with a depth that speaks to any generation." ” Sunday Mail

“"…like a beautiful children's book, a treasured bedtime story with illustrations which come to life before our eyes." ” The Advertiser

“***** [five stars]...“I’m not ashamed to say that at one point, where O’Keefe directly encourages the audience to close their eyes and just listen to the birdsong, I did just that and wept a little at the emotion the play had managed to stoke within me.” ” Jessica Taurins, Theatrepeople.com.au

““Best show I’ve ever seen!!! Everyone involved should be very proud. Thank you for a wonderful production!!! 10/10″ ” Chantelle Detchon, Facebook, Goolwa, South Australia

“My 10 year old son was in tears at tonight's performance. Thank you for such a wonderful and emotional journey. ”

Lindy Walsh, Facebook, Sydney, Australia

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