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You and Me and the Space Between

20 January 2021

You and Me and the Space Between


2016 - 2018

Part play, part picture book and all wondrous fun.

A magical story of an adventurous girl unfolds as an illustrator draws the pictures live in front of our eyes!


The island is sinking. Its adults are useless. Time for the kids to save the day.

The island of Proud Circle springs a leak and its citizens must find a way to stop their home from disappearing. It takes the wondering mind of a child to save the island, its people and their ways. Adventures happen, horizons widen and important things are said.

From the mind of Australia’s most accomplished children’s playwright, Finegan Kruckemeyer, comes a tale of wonder and invention that is brought to life in unexpected ways. Storytelling, choreographed projections and live drawn animation explore the plight of refugees fleeing environmental change through the eyes of a child.

Step inside a picture book with an artist and storyteller, amidst a paper set that is cut, ripped, patched and manipulated live to create a world of play.

‘The different elements used to tell the story combine harmoniously and winningly. An engaging opportunity to see a children’s picture book come to life.’  ArtsHub

‘Kruckemeyer has created a universal, poignant allegory of the refugee plight which resonates with all ages, and Terrapin’s telling of it is inventive and charming.’ Australian Stage

‘This illustrated adventure story emerges, under the direction of Sam Routledge, with great charm.’  The Age

‘A magical and beguiling piece of theatre.’  ABC Radio National


2019: Lincoln Center, New York City
2019: Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas
2019: Ware Center, Millersville, Pennsylvania

2018: Aichi Arts Center, Japan
2018: Art Space For Kids, Shanghai

2017: Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
2017: Ten Days on the Island
2017: Sydney Festival

2016: Darwin Festival
2016: Brisbane Festival
2016: Melbourne Festival


Director: Sam Routledge
Writer: Finegan Kruckemeyer
Designer: Jonathon Oxlade
Composer & Musician: Dean Stevenson
Lighting Designer: Nicholas Higgins
Consultant: Ian Pidd
Production Manager: Andrew MacDonald
Puppeteer: Felicity Horsley

Edinburgh cast included:
Rosalind Sydney
Tom O’Hern

Ten Days on the Island cast included:
Narrator: Jane Longhurst
Artist: Tom O’Hern

Darwin cast included:
Narrator: Emily Tomlins
Artist: Badiucao

Brisbane cast included:
Narrator: Margi Brown Ash
Artist: Paul Lalo

Melbourne cast included:
Narrator: Katherine Tonkin
Artist: Oslo Davis

Sydney cast included:
Narrator: Raelee Hill
Artist: Cathy Wilcox

Tasmanian Touring Company included:
Narrator: Jane Longhurst
Artist: Tom O’Hern
Puppeteer/Technician: Theresa O’Connor

Image artist: Tom O’Hern
Peter Mathew

The script for You and Me and the Space Between was co-commissioned by Terrapin and the Honolulu Theatre for Youth.  The project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Ten Days on the Island, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival and Terrapin.

The tour to Edinburgh was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

The tour to Japan was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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