Kathryn Marquet (book/lyrics) and I proud to share that The Owl and the Pussycat album is out now! Co-produced with Little Match Productions, the release includes a selection of our favourite pieces from the show and features the sublime talents of Pia Frangiosa (Owl), Irena Lysiuk (Pussycat), Jackson McGovern (Moon & other characters) and Daniel Byrne (clarinets), Danielle Bentley (cello) and Cameron Kennedy (percussion).
Listen to the album on your favourite streaming service, or purchase a copy via Google Play and Apple Music.
The Owl and the Pussycat is an enchanting and intimate opera for children, based on Edward Lear’s beloved poem. This charming children’s work melds live performance, operatic vocals, chamber music and experiential theatre inside a giant green boat. Created specifically for children 4-10 years, this interactive journey inspires, educates and enthrals by inviting children, alongside their families, carers and teachers, to help our loveable couple reach their destination whilst exploring the universal themes of love, harmony and acceptance.
Here’s a beautiful music video of one of my favourite duets from the show, ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’.
This recording was generously supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH Lab; The Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University; and The Pea Green Boatwrights Club, led by their fearless Captain Judith Cush:
Freya Hillier, Danna Yun, Steve Cheney, Charlie Cush, Tanya Malouf, Cameron Lam, Ally Bennett, Beck Grace, Bernie Thorpe, David Taplin, Gayle MacGregor, Marcie McMeniman, Steven Dunn, Dianne Baker, Alison Peaker, Mark Wolf, Jacqui Murr, Kate Raymond, Erica Davis, Suzie & Kieren Rowe, Connor D’Netto, Stefanie Lorimer, Samuel Boyd, Benjamin Knapton, Anisha de Aneida, Mark Challen, Chris Byrne, Annie Larsen, Emma Nightingale, Trevor Jones, Samantha Moller, Rebecca Lockyer, Anna Cawse, Catriona James-McGovern, Andrew Chamberlain, Kate Cordukes, Martine Wengrow, Elton Cane, Rachel Bruerville, James Maskey, Danielle Collier, Jo Willans, Susan Marquet, Denis Cush, Mark Challen, Sandra Pillai, Amber Pennell, Matan Franco, Meg Hamilton, Aleisha Godfrey, Zinia Chan, Katie Stenzel, Patricia Lee & Daryl Waters
Credit goes to the following amazing folks who worked to make this recording happen:
- Co-Musical Director Luke Volker
- Musical Consultant Michael Keen
- Audio Engineer: David Spearritt
- Executive Producers: Little Match Productions and Lisa Cheney
- Cover Art: Penny Challen
- Original production directed by Bridget Boyle
Stay tuned for the audio story book of the entire show and national tour coming in 2021!