Storm Boy

by Colin Thiele, adapted for the stage by Tom Holloway

17 June — 20 July 2019

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

The team behind Jasper Jones return for this exquisite new stage adaptation of the much-loved tale.

Approx. 90 minutes with no interval

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About the show

In a wild and remote area of coastline on South Australia’s Coorong, Storm Boy and his reclusive father live in a secluded shack, hidden away from the harsh realities of city life. After befriending a local Ngarrindjeri man, Storm Boy discovers three orphaned pelican chicks and decides to take them in. What follows is a remarkable journey of discovery that will change his life forever.

This much-loved story has enthralled generations of Australians both on the page and on screen. Now, Colin Thiele’s heart-warming classic Storm Boy is brought to life on stage in a theatrical event filled with unforgettable characters and a collection of astonishing life-size puppets by Dead Puppet Society. With epic scope and scale, this stunning Australian story is realised in a production that evokes the fragile wilderness of Storm Boy’s world.

Adapted by Tom Holloway (Double Indemnity), this powerful new production featuring John Batchelor (Red Dog) and Tony Briggs (Cleverman) is directed by Sam Strong, who will again bring his magic to another timeless coming-of-age story, as he did with MTC’s Helpmann Award-winning Jasper Jones.

Suitable for ages 11+

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A co-production with Queensland Theatre in association with Dead Puppet Society

Storm Boy is presented by special arrangement with New Holland Publishing. Tom Holloway’s adaptation of Storm Boy was originally commissioned, first produced and directed by John Sheedy at Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf 1 Theatre, by Sydney Theatre Company and Barking Gecko Theatre Company, 9 August – 8 September 2013 with original cast including Trevor Jamison, Peter O’Brien, Rory Potter, Shaka Cooke, Michael Smith and Joshua Challenor.


Storm Boy is the ideal excursion for upper primary and lower secondary students, and MTC is offering four dedicated schools matinees in Term 3. To make a school group booking, email or call (03) 8688 0963.

Schools Matinees
Monday 22 July 10am
Monday 22 July 1.30pm
Tuesday 23 July 10am
Tuesday 23 July 1.30pm


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described Saturday 6 July at 2pm
Tuesday 9 July at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour Prior to the Saturday 6 July performance at 1pm

Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 13 July, 2pm
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‘Visually stunning and emotionally touching.'

Artwork for Ellen Bailey

Ellen Bailey



John Batchelor

Hideaway Tom

Tony Briggs

Tony Briggs

Fingerbone Bill


Emily Burton


Artwork for Conor Lowe

Conor Lowe

Storm Boy

Artwork for Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson



Sam Strong



David Morton

Puppet Designer & Associate Director

Anna Cordingley

Anna Cordingley

Set & Costume Designer

Matt Scott

Matt Scott

Lighting Designer


Darrin Verhagen

Composer & Sound Designer


Justin Harrison

Projection Designer


Jean Goodwin

Voice Coach

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006