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What will bring us greater contentment and satisfaction: the harmonious toil of the collective, or the desires of the individual
Mouse, Bird and Sausage live in harmony on the Eastern side of the wall. Each contributes to their daily tasks and together they prosper greatly.

One day Bird is greeted by a stranger from beyond the wall, who mocks her, claiming her lazy companions are making a fool of her by giving her the worst of the grim chores. This visitor promises Bird she shall prosper greatly once she is in control. Bird is unable to find it within herself to toil harmoniously any longer. And so our story unfolds.

Adapted from one of the Grimm Brothers’ hidden gems, The Mouse, The Bird & The Sausage is a beautiful reminder of the happiness and simple joy we can discover through shared togetherness.

Meet the creative team

Andy Packer

CEO & Artistic Director

Andy is a 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.

Since completing a BA in 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 thirteen years Slingsby has toured its original productions to more than 100 venues in 80 cities and towns across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, Scotland, Spain, Ireland and Norway, India and China winning 16 industry awards along the way.

Alongside Slingsby, Andy has built a freelance career as a Director of opera, musical theatre, cabaret and concerts. 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 and Australian String Quartet. In 2019 Andy was show director of the World of WearableArt Awards Show in Wellington, New Zealand’s largest theatrical event attracting an audience in excess of 60,000.

Andy and his wife Jane love living in Adelaide, South Australia with their three sons, nine chickens 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.

Production Credits

  • Director/Writer Andy Packer
  • Writer Brant Eustice
  • Composer Quincy Grant
  • Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham
  • Executive Producer Jodi Glass
  • AV Designer Christopher Petridis
  • Costume Designer Ailsa Paterson
  • Illustration/Animation Andy Ellis
  • Production/Stage Manager Nicola Keene
  • Technical Operator/Mechanist Roland Partis
  • Mouse Matthew Gregan
  • Bird Amber McMahon
  • Sausage David Heinrich

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