The Rainbow Tree [Melbourne]

Event Information


Thursday July 7, 2022
10:00 AM


Northcote Town Hall
189 High St
Northcote, VIC 3070

Auslan Interpreter/s

Linda D'Ornay (for audience access needs and for Q and A)

Language/ Cultural Consultant


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Presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy
Auslan Stage Left interpreter, Linda, will be on location to assist with any access needs and will interpret the post show Q and A.
The performance itself has Auslan incorporated into the show.



‘The Rainbow Tree is a metaphor for connection, community and family, those you are born into and those you find along the way. A safe haven for all those that colour outside the lines.’ – participants at Artplay

What happens when you invite seven children from Rainbow families to create a show? You end up with a disco koala, a wilderbeast, a farting unicorn and a fairy that can freeze tickle monsters all co-habiting in a very tall, yet tiny Rainbow tree. This is what it’s like living in a Rainbow family. Everyone is welcome and anything is possible.

The Rainbow Tree is playful, imaginative and interactive musical storytelling with moving image. Written with children from Rainbow families, it shares personal and imagined stories around the idea of family, identity and community. Performed by two queer super Aunties, Aunty Bear and ZaZa from Little Fruit Projects (Bec Matthews and Sarah Ward) with singing and live music played on instruments and objects you could find around the house. The songs are brought to life through the projected visual images of Jolyon James (Arena Theatre Company) featuring animation, illustrations and the children themselves.

Approximate running time: 45mins

Auslan interpreted performances will occur on Thursday 7 July, 10.30am.

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