Image Credit: Heidrun Lohr

The imagination of Jackie French, a best-selling star among the Australian children’s literati, and her creative cohort Bruce Whatley has brought us such loved characters as Pete the Sheep and Mothball, of Diary of a Wombat. Now, thanks to the artistic powers at Monkey Baa, we herald the debut of Josephine, the kangaroo with a barre ambition.

Josephine Wants to Dance premiered its theatrical debut this weekend at the Lendlease Theatre in Darling Quarter, where it will run until 25 April before it moves on to other venues around the country. Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry, the tale of Josephine evokes feelings many of us can relate to as we root for the Roo who wants to prove everyone wrong and fulfil her dream.

A comic performance with costumes to gawp at and an expert cast of actors, new and established, including Chloe Dallimore, Amanda Laing, Hayden Rodgers and Rebecca Hetherington as Josephine; Josephine Wants to Dance is the ultimate production to bewitch and inspire any aspiring prima ballerina. My 6 year old was transfixed and couldn’t help herself pirouetting into the aisle to mimic the dancers on stage. From the grace of the ballet-dancing Brolga birds to the witty double act of the showgirl-esque Lyre birds, French’s story takes us deep into the Australian bush and the world of Shaggy Gully Valley.

Josephine has a dream and watching her journey from her mob in the bush to the upper echelons of the City Ballet is one to inspire anyone who has faced resistance in the face of their goals. Josephine Wants to Dance is a wonderful feel-good show for the school holidays. Book your tickets HERE and settle in for laughs a plenty.


What: Josephine Wants to Dance

Where: Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre, Terrace 3, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney (opposite Darling Quarter Playground – Tumbalong Park)

When: 14-25 April

Time: 10.30am and 12.30pm

Who: Suitable for 4-9 years

Cost: $29 (no booking fees)

Bookings: Call 02 8624 9340 or visit [insert link:]

Coming by Car: Wilson Parking Darling Quarter is accessed via Harbour Street with accessible parking on Level B2. Validate your ticket at the box office to receive 3 hours parking for $13 (Mon-Fri only).

Public transport: There are plenty of buses travelling through the CBD, use Market, Park, Druitt, Bathurst or Liverpool Streets to walk to Darling Harbour. The nearest train station is Town Hall Station, take the south exit onto Bathurst Street. The closest light rail stops are Convention Centre and Paddy’s Market. For ferry-goers catch one going to Darling Harbour and alight at Darling Harbour Wharf 3 or Pyrmont Bay Wharf.

Food and Drink: There are plenty of eateries surrounding the theatre with a variety of cuisine options.

Pram Parking: Visitors with prams will have to park them at the entrance of the theatre.