The Rainbow Tree
Image credit: Sarah Walker
Where everyone is welcome and anything is possible
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 living 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 - co-created with children from Rainbow families who shared personal and imagined stories around the idea of family, identity and community. It’s playful, imaginative, interactive, and filled with fun visuals, original songs, live music and stories written by children.
Performed by two queer super aunties, Aunty Bear and ZaZa from Little Fruit Projects, the songs are brought to life through animated visuals and illustrations created with the children.
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 worlds inhabited by animals and magical beings, where they could be super versions of themselves and dig up 4,005 golden cupcakes!
Artists: Sarah Ward and Bec Matthews from Little Fruit Projects, Jolyon James (video artist), Kirri Dangerfield (Auslan interpreter)
There will be two Auslan interpreted shows brought to you by the extraordinary Kirri Dangerfield:
- Friday 2 July, 2pm
- Saturday 3 July, 11am
Presented as part of 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.
Age: 4 to 9 years and their adults
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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.
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Dates & Times
|WHEN||1-4 Jul | Thu-Sun 11am | Thu-Sun 2pm|
|AUSLAN||Fri 2 Jul, 2pm & Sat 3 Jul, 11am|
Birrarung Marr, Russell Street extensionGet directions
TramAny Swanston St tram to stop 13 | 35, 70, 75 to stop 6
INFOPremiere, New Work, Melbourne Premiere, Australian Premiere