Sail away with us in our beautiful pea-green boat...

In a pea green boat, an owl and a pussycat sail across the sea for a year and a day to where the Bong-tree grows. Adventure calls, new encounters await and love conquers all in a nostalgic journey and irresistible blend of romance and nonsense. 

Little Match Productions' The Owl and the Pussycat  is an enchanting and intimate opera for children, based on Edward Lear’s beloved poem. This charming children’s work melds live performance, operatic vocals, chamber music and experiential theatre inside a giant green boat. Created specifically for children 4-10 years, this interactive journey inspires, educates and enthralls by inviting children, alongside their families, carers and teachers, to help our lovable couple reach their destination. 

This national collaboration of female artists and arts professionals, including Penny Challen (Opera Q Project Puccini), Alicia Cush (Opera Q, Circa), Kathryn Marquet (La Boite, QTC, Pale Blue Dot), Bridget Boyle (debase productions) and Lisa Cheney (Making Waves, MSO, TSO), has created a landmark musical work for children that encourages imaginative thought, uses tactile learning, and explores the universal themes of love, harmony and acceptance.

 The Owl & The Pussycat premiered on Surfers Paradise beach as part of Festival 2018. 

Nominated For  4 Matilda Awards Including Best Composition And Best Actress   
WINNER  - Best Supporting Actor  - Jackson McGovern   
WINNER - Best Costume Design - Penny Challen


Composer   Lisa Cheney 
Writer/Librettist  Kathryn Marquet 
Director   Bridget Boyle 
Designer   Penny Challen 
Creative Producer   Alicia Cush 
Lighting Designer  Geoff Squires 
Musical Director  Luke Volker 

Sound Design Lisa Cheney 
Dramaturg   Jane Bodie 
Design Assistant   Caitlin Armstrong 
Head of Costume   Gayle MacGregor 
Production Manager   Kylie Mitchell 
Production Assistants   Meg Hamilton & Freya Hillier 

Pussycat  Irena Lysiuk   
Owl  Pia Frangiosa  (Original Owl Sarah Murr)  
Moon/Sir Kitty/Sea Bear/Piggy-wig/Turkey Jackson MacGovern   
Puffins  Daniel Byrne, Kathryn McKee & Cameron Kennedy (Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, Jarrad Linke, Andrew Chamberlain & David Freisberg) 

The development of  The Owl and the Pussycat is supported by  Creative Sparks; Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH Lab;  APRA Art Music Fund; Works In Progress at the  Arts Centre Gold Coast and Queensland Theatre through the Independent Artists @ Queensland Theatre initiative 2017.  Creative Sparks is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.