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Badu by Erth
Photograph: Supplied/Australian National Maritime Museum
Badu by Erth
Photograph: Supplied/Australian National Maritime Museum

Time Out says

Dive into a oceanic discovery with this immersive puppetry show at the Maritime Museum

‘Badu’ is an Indigenous word meaning ‘water’. In this immersive theatrical experience from Marrickville-based puppet masters, Erth, this word reflects on the preciousness and wonder of the aquatic life in Sydney Harbour.

In this 25-minute experience is performed in the round and aimed at kids aged 4-12, but no doubt will have adults charmed in equal measure. Audiences can marvel at a lively cast of aquatic creatures including humpback whales, grey nurse and bull sharks, stingrays, musical mulletfish, leafy sea dragons and bioluminescent jellyfish.

Developed in collaboration with First Nation artists for Sydney Festival, Badu is a companion piece to Duba (meaning ‘ground’), which is performed by junior puppeteers and aimed at adults. 

Badu is showing every day until January 24, with four physically-distanced performances at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Tickets are $20, or you can combine it with a see it all ticket for the museum for $37 ($27 for kids). 

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