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Play­ing with air, cre­at­ing self-por­traits and show­cas­ing chil­dren’s con­nec­tions to cul­ture are just some of the events lined up for this year’s Out of the Box Fes­ti­val, QPAC’S bi­en­nial fes­ti­val for chil­dren 8 years and un­der. This year for the first time fes­ti­val­go­ers can ac­cess ev­ery Out of the Box in-theatre ex­pe­ri­ence, ac­tiv­ity, ex­hi­bi­tion and work­shop with an all-in­clu­sive Day Pass. In-theatre ex­pe­ri­ences are held ev­ery day of the fes­ti­val and in­clude:

Air Play

New York’s “Air Play” merges cir­cus and street theatre per­for­mance art with sculp­tural artistry. “Air Play” is a cir­cus-style ad­ven­ture of two sib­lings jour­ney­ing through a sur­real world, trans­form­ing or­di­nary ob­jects into un­com­mon beauty. Fab­rics dance in the wind, bal­loons have a mind of their own, con­fetti turns into the night sky, and an enor­mous canopy of hov­er­ing silk for­ever al­ters their fu­ture.

The Ar­rival

A beau­ti­ful pro­duc­tion recre­ated with New Zealand’s Red Leap Theatre Com­pany, adapted from the award-win­ning novel by Shaun Tan, “The Ar­rival” fol­lows the story of a man start­ing a new life amidst the ex­tra­or­di­nary in­hab­i­tants of his new land. A man flees his home­land and jour­neys across vast seas to ar­rive in a strange, won­drous new world where gi­ant ships fly through the air and cu­ri­ous crea­tures abound. There he ne­go­ti­ates daz­zling ar­chi­tec­ture, bizarre foods and for­eign tongues to build a new life. On his trav­els, the man meets fel­low sym­pa­thetic strangers, each with their own tales to tell.


“Duck”, a new theatre work, is based on the book by Janet A. Holmes and il­lus­tra­tor Jonathan Bent­ley. “Duck” is a sim­ple yet heart­felt story of friend­ship and love show­ing us that we need oth­ers as much as they need us. Through move­ment and live mu­sic, fol­low the story of a boy and his best friend as they spend ev­ery wak­ing hour to­gether—soaring through the air, build­ing sky­scrapers up up up— be­fore Duck mys­te­ri­ously goes miss­ing. When the boy ven­tures to search for him with­out any luck, we’re left won­der­ing, will Duck ever be found again?

Slap­dash Gal­axy

This is the tale of Sam and Ju­nior—two broth­ers, who must flee their bar­ren planet, and em­bark on an epic quest across the gal­axy. Us­ing the con­tents of your clean­ing cup­board, Bunk Pup­pets’ David Ged­des con­jures up as­ton­ish­ing lo-fi the­atri­cal wiz­ardry us­ing only old boxes, bub­ble wrap, drink­ing straws, ten­nis balls, ping pong bats and old toys. It’s a crazy shadow pup­pet uni­verse, made from bits of rub­bish.

26 June–1 July, Queens­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (QPAC), cnr Grey and Mel­bourne Streets, South Bank. out­ofthe­boxfes­ti­val.com.au

“The Ar­rival”. Photo: John Mcder­mott.

“Air Play”. Photo: © Florence Mont­mare.

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