Edward the Emu puppet

Join us for an exciting workshop with award-winning company Monkey Baa for their theatre adaptation 'Edward the Emu'.

Image: Anna Kučera
© Australian Museum

Edward the emu was sick of the zoo, There was nowhere to go, there was nothing to do, And compared to the seals that lived right next door, Well, being an emu was frankly a bore.

Ages: 5 - 8 yrs

The talented children’s theatre-makers from award-winning company Monkey Baa return to the AM for some school holiday fun. Young dramatists, aged 5 - 8 years, will be taken on a journey of identity, self-belief and belonging… through the eyes of an emu.

Workshopping the book Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement, participants will work collaboratively to create their own characters and scenes, combining physical movement, improvisation, vocal activities and creation of a storyline.

Members: To receive your AM Member discount on our School Holiday programs, your children must be listed on your membership. Please contact the Members Office on 02 9320 6225 or email Members@Australian.Museum to add your children’s names and date of birth to your Family Membership before making your booking.


  • A reading of Edward the Emu
  • Develop skills and confidence in drama with the incredible teaching artists from Monkey Baa Theatre Company
  • A short tour with First Nations staff of the Australian Museum, exploring the importance of the emu in First Nations cultures
  • A photo opportunity with the company’s exquisite puppet of Edward the Emu.

Redeem your Dine & Discover vouchers towards Australian Museum membership, event tickets and at the Billabong cafe and No.1 William restaurant.

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Please refer to the AM's refund policy here. Discounted Members tickets will be verified with Members registered for Family Membership benefits. Members Benefits are for registered Members only (kids and /or adults).

Monkey Baa Theatre Company

A leading professional theatre company for young audiences. Monkey Baa Theatre Company is Australia’s widest-reaching touring company. For 23 years they have toured performance to regional and rural venues including award-winning productions Diary of a Wombat (2017), Josephine Wants to Dance (2018), Possum Magic (2019) and currently Pete the Sheep (April - November 2021). Edward the Emu is scheduled to tour nationally in 2022.

The workshops supporting these productions are designed to help extend the creative imaginations of children and allow them to develop a deeper understanding of the texts on which Monkey Baa’s productions are based.

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