Sidney Spider's Muesli Bowl

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

Handspan Theatre Sidney Spider's Muesli Bowl 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 of the Fantasy at the Bowl Australia Day weekend and birthday celebrations for children and families.

The story involved the characters of Miss Muffet, her Spider and her bowl of breakfast; and the play's imagery illustrated a metamorphic transformation to a ‘butterfly wing’, its shape replicating the soundshell roof of the venue behind the action..

With a comic script written by Tony Rickards, the work was performed by costume puppets, actors and stilt walkers on the lawns in front of the stage at interludes throughout the afternoon.

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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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