The Rainbow Tree by Fat Fruit - Melbourne

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Image by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea

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.

Fat Fruit have a focus on making all shows as relaxed as possible. The Rainbow Tree will have noise cancelling headphones and toys to cuddle and squish. The entire season will be interpreted for Deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences.


This project is generously supported by Linda Herd.


Fat Fruit | The Rainbow Tree - Trailer from Performing Lines on Vimeo.

Images #1 and #2 by Alexis Desaulniers ~ Images #3 and #4 by Sarah Walker
The Rainbow Tree is produced by Performing Lines . It was jointly commissioned by ArtPlay and Midsumma as part of the PRISM program at Midsumma Festival. PRISM was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. ArtPlay is supported by the City of Melbourne. This project has been generously supported by Linda Herd.


Event & ticketing details

Book tickets


Auslan Interpreted
Wheelchair Access
Vision Rating less than 50%

Dates & Times

WHEN 24-25 Jan, 27-28 Jan | 11am & 2pm | Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat
AUSLAN All sessions
INFO Suitable for 4-8 year olds


FULL $25.00


Arts Centre Melbourne - Playhouse Rehearsal Room

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Get directions


Flinders Street


Any Swanston St tram to stop 14

Event notes


Loud music, Flashing lights

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