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Magic Beach

  • Theatre
  • Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank
A cartoon of people playing in the waves at a beach.
Image: Supplied/Arts Centre Melbourne

Time Out says

Alison Lester’s beloved childhood book comes to life at Arts Centre Melbourne

"At our beach, at our magic beach…" As far as children’s books go, it’s a pretty memorable opening line. Alison Lester’s classic Australian story, Magic Beach, has been the centrepiece of many a school bookshelf since it was first published in 1990 – and now it is coming to the stage.

From May 19, Arts Centre Melbourne will play host to this whimsical tale – a celebration of the power of imagination and the differences that make every child special – for an exclusive eight-show run. 

Multi award-winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer has adapted the book for the stage, and Leisel Badorrek is directing. The pair lead a talented team of creatives who have also worked on The Gruffalo and The 13-, 26-, 52-, 78- and 91-Storey Treehouses.

In case you needed a refresher, Magic Beach (which is inspired by a real-life beach in Walkerville, Gippsland) tells the story of a family who go on a yearly beach holiday. This isn’t just any old beach though, it’s a magic beach, where everything you imagine becomes real. But one year things are different – and as the oldest child begins to grow up, she questions whether she has to leave the magic of the beach behind.

Magic Beach will transport audiences to a wonderful world of text, song, light, shadow and movement, and is suitable for children aged three to eight. For more information and to book your tickets, head to the website.

Time Out in association with Arts Centre Melbourne


Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Rd
Nearby stations: Flinders Street
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 7.30am-8pm*; Sat 8.30am-8pm*; Sun 10am-5pm* (*or an hour after the last event)

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