Parrwang Lifts The Sky Tickets
Melbourne, Victoria

Parrwang Lifts The Sky Tickets

Victorian Opera is once again proud to present this family show, inspired by the Wadawurrung story of Parrwang, the courageous magpie who saved the world!
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Parrwang Lifts The Sky Tickets

About Parrwang Lifts The Sky

Did you know that magpies created the first dawn?*

Victorian Opera is once again proud to present Parrwang Lifts The Sky as part of its family and education program.

A long time ago…

The sky was a blanket on the land. The earth was in darkness and the people were afraid. If not for the courage of Parrwang the magpie, determined to assist her newfound friends, this blanket may still be with us today.

Tjatjarrang (Big Sister) and Koki (Brother) are young, adventurous and tired of living in the dark. When they manage to climb to the highest branches of an ancient gum tree, they discover a world of colour and light and a friend in Parrwang (Magpie).

Parrwang decides to help her new friends lift the blanket of darkness from the young humans world. The plan is devised but Parrwang must first convince the Great Council of Birds led by Bunjil (Eagle). Will the council agree?

*Based on an original creation story from Wadawurrung Country.

Run time

50mins (no interval)

Start date

10th May, 2024

End date

18th May, 2024


Production note
Sung in English


Malthouse Theatre, Merlyn Theatre

113 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3006


Ground floor of The Malthouse is accessible by wheelchair (enter via the ramp near the Box Office). The Merlyn and Beckett Theatre, MALT Kitchen & Pantry, Box Office, Bar and bathrooms are all located on the ground floor.



BY TRAM: The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

BY TRAIN: Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

BY BIKE: Secure your bike to one of the many racks outside the foyer.

BY CAR: Limited on-street parking is available on Grant Street, Sturt Street and Dodds Streets. Two disabled parking spaces are just outside The Malthouse entrance on Sturt Street.

More information about Parrwang Lifts The Sky

Composer: Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO

Conductor: Aaron Wyatt

Director: Elizabeth Hill-Cooper

Cultural Set Design: BJ O’Toole

Cultural Costume Design: Deanne Gilson

Set & Costume Construction Designer: Mel Serjeant

Lighting Designer: Peter Darby

Featuring students from University of Melbourne

Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra


Unfortunately, tickets for this event are no longer available.

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