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A Not So Traditional Story

29 September 2021 - 2 October 2021

A Not So Traditional Story


2018, 2019, 2021


Terrapin Puppet Theatre


Adventure, laughs and contemporary Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.

An epic quest of bravery and friendship.

A story with a little bit of truth and a little bit of make believe, one might say A Not So Traditional Story

Once upon a time two kids, Wurangkili (who is keen on adventure) and Timita (who takes a bit of convincing), are crashed upon by an Alien from a faraway land.

Join them as they embark on an epic quest across the island of lutruwita in search of the ‘oldest of old elders’, meeting up with some hilarious and unique friends along the way.

This beautiful and funny production by Terrapin uses masks, shadow puppetry and physical theatre to tell an important story of culture, identity, bravery and friendship.

A Not So Traditional Story is a hilarious, rare and memorable performance that combines Terrapin’s renowned skill in entertaining and engaging children with the voice of a new generation of Tasmanian Aboriginal performing artists (Nathan Maynard, The Season).

ArtsHub“the miniature shadow puppetry is elegantly designed and presented, with little tricks of revelation and transformation. The exquisite masks of the animal characters are a wonder.”

Witness Performance – “Beautifully, meticulously created and wonderful to watch.”

The Age – “Theatre with so much heart, buoyed by a mischievous sense of fun.”


2021 Theatre Royal, Hobart, 7 – 10 October

2021 The Earl Arts Centre, Launceston, 29 September – 2 October

2019 QPAC, Brisbane Festival, 24 – 27 September

2019 Arts Centre Melbourne, 7 – 8 September

2018 Tasmanian schools tour, terms 2 & 3

Director: Sam Routledge
: Nathan Maynard
Composer: Matthew Fargher
Set and Costume Design: Michelle Boyde
Puppet Design & Construction:
Bryony Anderson & Sabrina Evans
Basket And Water Carrier Construction : Lillian Wheatley
Creation Story Character Design : Lillian Wheatley
Backdrop Design and Construction : Michelle Maynard
Voice of Wombie: Aunty Wendal Pitchford

Performers: Jayla Booth, Noah Casey, Jordy Gregg, Nathan Maynard, Denni Proctor



Co-commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne and produced in association with the Tasmanian Department of Education and Kickstart Arts.

Production photograph by Peter Mathew











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