Produced by Belvoir and Kim Carpenter's Theatre of Image. Presented in association with Seymour Centre and Sydney Children's Festival
“When I grow up, I’m going to be happy”. This is nine-year-old Thomas Klopper’s greatest wish.
He isn’t quite an ordinary boy because he sees extraordinary things. Things most people seem to ignore: canals bursting with tropical fish, hailstorms in summer, and plagues of hopping frogs. Thomas draws them all in his book, The Book of Everything.
For his stern and serious-minded Papa, the only books that matter are about God. Comical mistakes that Thomas makes are met with punishment instead of laughter. But when Papa attacks Thomas’ beloved Mama he has definitely gone too far. Even the angels weep.
With the help of the witchy Mrs Van Amersfoort Thomas dares to become brave. Meanwhile a jovial Jesus drops in for chats and Thomas befriends a beautiful girl with a creaking leather leg in this magical story about a child who learns to act when beset by fear and faced with wrong.
Set in Amsterdam in 1951, Dutch children’s author Guus Kuijer’s acclaimed book will clutch at the heart and challenge your mind.
A co-production with Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image. Special return season.
Proudly supported by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
By Guus Kuijer
Adapted by Richard Tulloch
Directed by Neil Armfield
Design by Kim Carpenter
With Julie Forsyth, Iain Grandage, Claire Jones, Deborah Kennedy, John Leary, Pip Miller, Lucia Mastrantone, Rebecca Massey & Matthew Whittet
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