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Event Series Event Series: The Rainbow Tree

The Rainbow Tree

January 24, 2023 @ 11:00 am - January 28, 2023 @ 3:00 pm



Arts Centre Melbourne
1300 182 183
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Wheelchair AccessibleWheelchair accessible
Auslan InterpreterAuslan interpreted
Hearing LoopHearing loop available
Groups of most relevance to event
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, Queer, People living with a disability, Multicultural
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Playhouse Rehearsal Room
100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
Melbourne, Melbourne 3004 Australia
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1300 182 183
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Community & culture

Family, kids & school activities

inclusion and accessibility

What happens when you invite seven children from Rainbow Families to create a show? You end up with a disco koala, a wildebeest, a farting unicorn and a fairy that can freeze tickle monsters all co-habiting in a very tall, yet tiny Rainbow Tree.

This is what it’s like living in a Rainbow Family. Everyone is welcome and anything is possible.

The Rainbow Tree is musical storytelling with moving image. Written with children from Rainbow families, it shares personal and imagined stories around the idea of family, identity and community.

Performed by two queer super Aunties, Aunty Bear and ZaZa from Fat Fruit (Bec Matthews and Sarah Ward) with singing and live original music.

The songs are brought to life through the projected visual images of Jolyon James (Arena Theatre Company) featuring animation, illustrations and the children themselves.

The stories of The Rainbow Tree were collected through Zoom meetings during the six month Melbourne lockdown. These children were isolated from their friends and extended families and had limited opportunity for adventures. This did not stop them imagining new worlds to explore. Worlds inhabited by animals and magical beings, where they could be super versions of themselves and dig up 4005 golden cupcakes.

The Rainbow Tree is playful, imaginative and interactive. It’s filled with fun visual imagery, wonderful original songs, live music and stories written by seven children from Rainbow families.

This project is generously supported by Linda Herd.