Lily Can't Sleep

Premier production co-produced with Queensland Theatre Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre for Out of the Box Festival for Children.

New day. New school. New house. New room. Everything's changing for Lily. Night falls and she's got a lot on her mind. No wonder she can't get to sleep. Her mum tells her to count sheep – but what good it that when one of them is running amok in her room!? Enter Baarbara, an all-singing, all-dancing woolly entertainer who helps Lily dream up ways to put her worries to bed.

Mixing mega fun word play with fantastic physical comedy, this sweet and imaginative show will take you on an adventure to a land where anything is possible. Playing with the ritual of 'going to sleep', Lily Can't Sleep explores themes that children and parents relate to, creating laugh out loud fun for the whole family!

...easily passes the great test of theatre for children; rapt attention punctuated by think and fast questions to mum and dad ... smart, raucous and irrepressible.
– The West Australian, Perth
Superb acting, a variety of dramatic styles and a cleverly written script, all of which kept my students thoroughly entertained. Highly recommended.
– Teacher, Cambooya State School

Created for children 3–8 years old, Lily Can't Sleep was originally commissions by the Queensland Theatre Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre and premiered at the Out of the Box Festival in 2006. Since then Lily has toured extensively including; Queensland tour (2007), Victorian Arts Centre (2007), Kuala Lumpur and Singapore (Act 3 International 2007), The Brisbane Festival (2013), Artsworx (Toowoomba 2013) and The Awesome Festival (Perth 2014).

Production images

Brisbane Festival 2013. Photos by Luke Brown,
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Premier Production 2006. Photos by Stephen Henry.
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