Sidney Spider's Muesli Bowl

Premiere 25 January 1984
Venue Outdoor Lawns, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Season 25 - 26 January 1984

actor dressed in a spider costume in front of butterfly wing backdrop

Sidney Spider's Muesli Bowl
Andrew Hansen Sidney Spider
Company snapshot, 1984

SIDNEY SPIDER’S MUESLI BOWL was created by Handspan Theatre for the Arts Education Department at the Victorian Arts Centre in 1983, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

The play was presented on the Music Bowl Lawns as part the Fantasy at the Bowl Australia Day weekend and birthday celebrations, for children and families.

The comic text played with the characters of Miss Muffet, her Spider and her bowl of breakfast; and the imagery illustrated a metamorphic transformation to a ‘butterfly wing.’ It shape replicated of the sound shell roof of the venue in the background of the action.

With a comic script written by Tony Rickards, the work was performed by costume puppets, actors and stilt walkers.

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Creative team
Writer Tony Rickards
Director Ken Evans
Producer Susie Leigh (Arts Education, Victorian Arts Centre)
Designer Peter Seaborn
Costumes Dorothy Rickards, Amazing Transformations
Sidney Spider Andrew Hansen
Caterpillar Philip Lethlean
Stilt Walker (Tree) Ian Cumming
Little Miss Muffet Helen Rickards
Stilt Walker (Tree) Peter J.Wilson
Production team
Puppet makers Ken Evans, Philip Lethlean, Peter Seaborn, Ian Cumming
Set builders Ken Evans, Philip Lethlean

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