The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse, Stage Adaptation by Hilary Bell
About the Play
A first in family programming for Black Swan and a much anticipated school holiday and family special – one for all to enjoy.
On his way to school, a young boy ﬁnds a red balloon tangled around a lamp post. Soon after rescuing it, the boy discovers the balloon has a mind of its own! Together, the boy and his balloon wander the streets, exploring the neighbourhood and searching for adventure.
Based on the Academy Award-winning short ﬁlm of the same name, The Red Balloon is the world premiere of the stage adaptation by Hilary Bell as conceived by emerging artist India Mehta.
The Red Balloon is aimed at children between 6 and 12 years of age, families and the young at heart.
A Rio Tinto Black Swan Commission
Presented as part of the 2015 AWESOME Festival
Cast & Creatives
Cast includes: Dylan Christidis, St John Cowcher, Ella Hetherington, Eloise Hunter, Rory McLaughlin, Ben Mortley, Sarah Nelson, Jack O'Neill and Katie Price.
Directed by Chrissie Parrott.
Designers: Creative Mentor Kate Cherry, Set & Costume Designer India Mehta, Sound Designer/Composer Ash Gibson Greig, Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest.
5 stars "A stunning piece of work that takes the entire family on a magical adventure. The use of space, the characters’ physicality and the inclusion of puppetry was what made the entire show so entrancing and had me grinning from ear to ear." Theatrepeople
"A memorable and tender stage adaptation that will easily transfix three generations of a theatregoing family." The Australian
4 stars "Kids are the best reviewers of their theatre, and they do it in real time, with laughter, gasps of wonderment and, especially, questions. There were plenty of all three for this wonderful, impressively staged, story." The West Australian
4.5 stars "This enchanting tale of friendship and love will lift the hearts of all who see it. Truly sensational." The Australia Times