Rainbow Tree

Image by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea

Where everyone is welcome and anything is possible

Tickets available from 19 April.

What happens when you invite seven children from Rainbow Families to create a show? You end up with a disco koala, a wilderbeast, 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 Rainbows 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 Little Fruit Projects (Bec Matthews and Sarah Ward) with singing and live music, played on instruments and objects you could find around the house. 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.

There will be two Auslan interpreted shows, brought to you by the extraordinary Kirri Dangerfield, who has translated the songs into Auslan.

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Included as part of the PRISM in partnership with Midsumma Festival. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Event & ticketing details


Auslan Interpreted
Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

WHEN 1-4 Jul | Thu-Sun 11am | Thu-Sun 2pm


ALL $15.00 - All tickets - available from 19 April



Birrarung Marr, Russell Street extension

Get directions


Flinders Street


Any Swanston St tram to stop 13 | 35, 70, 75 to stop 6

Event notes


Premiere, New Work, Melbourne Premiere, Australian Premiere

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