Young People’s Theatre Newcastle


2021 Production // June – JULY

BUNYIPS, a big beautiful mess of a play. 

Loosely based on ‘Naked Bunyip Dancing’ by Steven Herrick and adapted for stage by Callan Purcell. 

6C are bursting at the seams to express themselves, but they don’t know how. Then Mr Carey came with his Yoga, sage and Shakespeare and things weren’t the same again. Watch these kids rap, dance, speak in bird language, dream their way through year 6. As they try to understand living between two houses, have their first kiss and be the biggest, most beautiful mess of a class.

Presented by Young People’s Theatre, Newcastle INC

Director: Nicholas Thoroughgood 
Assistant Directors: Larissa Barwell and Campbell Knox
Production Assistant: Mabel Moras-Young
Audience Suitability: All ages
Performance Dates: 29 June – 17 July (School Holidays Matinees)
Duration: 1 hour plus a short interval 

There are 2 casts – Magpie and Kookaburra! See below for dates each cast perform.


  • Tuesday 29 June 10:30am and 2:00pm – Kookaburra
  • Wednesday 30 June 10.30am and 2.00pm – Magpie
  • Thursday 1 July  10.30am and 2.00pm – Magpie
  • Friday 2 July 2.00pm – Kookaburra ** this performance not yet on sale. 
  • Saturday 3 July 2.00pm and 6.00pm – Kookaburra
  • Thursday 8 July 2.00pm –Magpie
  • Friday 9 July 2.00pm and 6:00pm – Magpie
  • Saturday 10 July  2.00pm and 6.00pm – Kookaburra
  • Saturday 17 July  2.00pm – Kookaburra
  • Saturday 17 July 6:00pm – Magpie

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Bunyips Poster