There is something strange happening on Leighton Beach in Western Australia. A little toy zebra has washed up on the shore and Chitty-Chitty, the Willy-wagtail, has heard his child crying for him. With her friends - the forgotten toys in the Museum, Hanneen, Mous and Pauline, and an unexpected arrival, Raggedy Annie - Chitty-Chitty embarks on a journey to save him and return him to his child before the magic fades and the toys must return to their long, deep sleep.
The Great Snottygobble, whose powers have summoned them all, has given them a difficult task to perform and they’re not sure they are up to it. For, alarmingly, Mugga, the Tasmanian Tiger, is on the loose, also summoned it seems by the Great Snottygobble. With the magic fading fast, they have to rescue the little zebra … but can they do it in time?
Premiere performances April 2017, Nexus Theatre, Murdoch, Western Australia. Touring performances 1 & 2 Dec 2017, Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Produced by Toybox Productions. Directed by Jenny de Reuck.
This production is the outcome of a research collaboration between children’s playwright Jenny de Reuck and visual artists Audrey Fernandez-Satar and Arif Satar. Funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the WA Government’s CAN initiative and supported by Murdoch University, the play raises issues around migration and belonging through the unusual perspective of a child’s toy. A blend of fantasy and historical fact, this interactive production offers children access to an imagined world where their actions have impact.