HEAR TO SEE (Ages 8-14)

A young boy Ollie climbs through his window to chase the creatures he glimpses out of the corner of his eye, his bedroom slides away, and a miniature world is uncovered. Transforming The Opera House stage through the artistry of Sydney puppetry company ERTH, magical lighting, large-scale projection and a cinematic score from Richard Nunns, Ollie’s journey is part exquisite dream, part adventure.
From the everyday to the extraordinary, this is bona fide theatre magic for the whole family.

ERTH have built an international reputation collaborating with organisations as diverse as the Sydney Theatre Company to the National History Museum of Los Angeles County. Their productions have been described as “part-science and pure magic” with their ability to take audiences into another world through eye-popping puppetry and fantastical landscapes.

Richard Nunns works across an incredible diversity of cultures and musical genres, from contributing to The Whale Rider soundtrack at home to touring classical music with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Europe. He is an authority on Maori
traditional musical instruments and his knowledge of nga taonga puoro has ensured their preservation for future generations.

“With utmost care and skill the company weaves together a magical world that will introduce children to the true beauty that theatre is capable of expressing.”

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"There are multimedia projections, amazing puppetry, actors in wonderfully choreographed sequences and, of course, the symphony orchestra all combining harmoniously to create what is a truly amazing piece of theatre."
The ride she takes us on is as thrilling as it is educational. It is a brilliant introduction to the concepts of history and prehistory for the young.
"...this is high quality theatre for children and a great asset for the country."
"...the unfolding drama is clearly played out and instantly accessible as directly relevant to all our lives, which makes it very engaging and highly entertaining."
"Entrancing and intriguing for the younger ones, who will intuitively recognise true experiences they rarely see replicated in theatre, it also leaves older observers with plenty to think about in terms of how a lot of lives are lived and where our humanity lies."
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