Kate Miller-Heidke as Bird in The Rabbits

'Where?' from The Rabbits

John Marsden and Shaun Tan's haunting picture book captivated a generation of children and adults, with its bold pictures and deeply moving story of progress, displacement and culture clash. It is a story that speaks to the world.

Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company assembled some of Australia's foremost creative talents to adapt this story into a new opera for children and families. The result is "a triumphant adaptation of a deeply tragic story", wrote The Guardian

Butterfly-voiced opera and pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke wrote the "simply beautiful" score (The Guardian) and performs in the production alongside a talented cast of opera singers and contemporary music performers.

The Rabbits won four Helpmann Awards, including Best New Australian Work, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Presentation for Children.

The Rabbits is based on the book written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan.

Composed by Kate Miller-Heidke
Libretto by Lally Katz
Adapted by John Sheedy
Musical Director, Musical arrangements and additional music by Iain Grandage
Sound Design and Audio Recording Engineering by Michael Waters

An Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company co-production. In association with West Australian Opera.

Commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival.

This Project is assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals: Perth International Arts Festival, Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival and the Western Australian Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts.

The book was first published in Australia by Lothian Books. The opera is produced by arrangements with Hachette Australia Pty Ltd.