By the Light of the Moon: Deaf Community Day

By the Light of the Moon: Deaf Community Day

The Opera Centre — Surry Hills Sydney

Opera Australia and Hand-in-Hand Collaborations present this very exciting Auslan-interpreted performance of By the Light of the Moon.

Auslan is a language used by the Australian Deaf Community. 
Embark on a fabulous journey with a cantankerous cat and an exuberant owl in By The Light of the Moon. This fanciful all-ages opera explores the untold tales of Edward Lear’s beloved rhyme, The Owl and the Pussycat.
Ridiculous whimsy meets sublime melody in a wonderful new production, featuring the fantastic characters from nonsense poetry, nursery rhymes, as well as tunes you’ll recognise from the best-loved operas.
This public performance of By the Light of the Moon will be shadow-interpreted by Auslan interpreters Natalie Kull and Neil Phipps, who are fully incorporated into the onstage action in costume, rather than standing to the side. They are supported by Deaf Auslan Consultant Darlene Thornton and Auslan Production Coordinator Maxine Buxton. This style of performance offers Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences alike a more exciting and comprehensive performing arts experience.


Devised by Liesel Badorrek & Michael Badorrek

directed by

Liesel Badorrek
designer Mark Thompson
musicAL Arrangements Robert Andrew Greene
revival director Kate Gaul
Musical director Luke Spicer
deaf auslan consultant Darlene Thornton
auslan production coordinator Maxine Buxton
agatha the cat

Anna Stephens
Imogen-Faith Malfitano

Cedric the owl

David King
Andrew Jones

Queen of hearts/mary/miss muffet's spider

Olivia Cranwell
Anna Stephens
Imogen-Faith Malfitano

Old king cole/three blind mice

Rocco Speranza
Andrew Jones


Antonio Fernandez
Benjamin Burton

Auslan interpreters

Natalie Kull
Neil Phipps

Running time: approximately one hour with no interval

The Opera Centre, Surry Hills

The Opera Centre is located at 480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills which is a 10-minute walk from Central Station (take the Chalmers Street exit). Limited on-street parking is available.

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