The Bugalugs Bum Thief

by Monkey Baa Theatre Company
on the book by Tim Winton
John Saunders
Sandra Eldridge, Eva Di Cesare & Tim McGarry
07 April - 24 April
10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM

The Bugalugs Bum Thief returns for 2015!

The Bugalugs Bum Thief tells the hilarious story of the town of Bugalugs where inhabitants wake up one morning to find their buttock missing, all 496 citizens of the town of Bugalugs are BUMLESS!

After waking up to discover that his bum is missing, Skeeta Anderson, with the help of his best mate Billy Marbels and Mick Misery, set out to discover where all the bums have gone and to find the culprit of the crime. After much mayhem and madness Skeeta finally unravels the mystery and Bugalugs gets back to normal… well almost. Ages 4-10.

$25 per ticket + $2.50 Booking Fee per transaction.
(Family Discounts available)

RELAXED PERFORMANCE on Tuesday April 14 at 1pm. This performance is the opposite of the quiet carriage on the train. Patrons are welcome to come and go as they please, the theatre lights remain on and audio is adjusted accordingly. We welcome patrons with young children and those that may have special requirements. For further information, please contact us.

$17 per student for school group bookings. Teachers can download booking form HERE.

Vacation Care Groups can download booking forms HERE.

Free teaching resource HERE!

Adapted by Sandra Eldridge, Eva Di Cesare & Tim McGarry
Director John Saunders
Assistant Director Tim McGarry
Designer Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer Toby Kynvett
Musical Arrangements Steve Francis & Alan John
Movement Chris Horse
Cast Gideon Cordover, Mark Dessaix,
Stephen Anderson
Supporters Arts On Tour, Healthway WA, James N. Kirby Foundation, JANDS, National Year of Reading 2012.


Bugalugs Bum Thieves in action for Monkey Baa
interview with Director John Saunders in the Daily Telegraph, Thursday 2 April by Chris Hook.

“There are so many qualities to the show that young people identify with,” Saunders says.

“It’s very knockabout with lots of clowning and lots of slapstick, because they’ve all lost their bums and their pants are falling down. Adults love it too, but the four to eight-year-olds just think it’s great...”
To read the full article click here.

Mark Dessaix (Billy), Gideon Cordover (Skeeta) and Stephen Anderson (Mick)
Picture: Bob Barker.

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Read the latest reviews for our 2015 Season of The Bugalugs Bum Thief;

Broadway World:

Stevie Zipper:

Honest to Merman:

Weekend Notes:

Arts Rocket:

Stage Whispers:

‘It has all the elements of a good kids’ show…. Simple, energetically physical and direct, a Brechtian model for how kids can tell their own stories’ The Australian

‘A rollicking whodunit for kids aged four and up. Great fun’ The Sydney Morning Herald.

‘Sure to excite and delight any members of the four to ten age group…fine direction….a slick children’s theatre event. Do yourself a favour and come and see Monkey Baa.’ ArtsHub – 4.5/5 stars

Click HERE for The Bugalugs Bum Thief teaching resources.

Teaching artists will be available to conduct in-school pre performance drama workshops preparing teachers and students for these plays. These programs engage students, investigation the themes of the work, together with curriculum relevant studies.

Duration: 60 minutes

Capacity: 30 Max.

Cost: $250 + GST

Please contact [email protected] to organise a time.



  1. Karen Menzie said

    I took my 7 year old daughter to see this productation at the Theatre Royal in Hobart tonight, and she had a wonderful time. The audience participation was fantastic for the kids and the cast were exceptional.
    I would also like to thank all 3 of the cast for taking the time to speak to my daughter individually after the performance, it meant the world to a 7 year who loves live theatre. Not only great performers but true gentlemen.

  2. karina said

    i went to your show and it was COOL

    • Sanja said

      Hi Karina, we are so glad you liked The Bugalugs Bum Thief! It is a lot of fun!

  3. Catherine said

    How do i buy tickets for the Sydney show? And is the possible extension going ahead?

    • Sanja said

      Hi Catherine, you can buy your tickets through the website. Click on the Buy Tickets box on the Bugalugs photo and follow the prompts. The show is on from tomorrow 28th – October 14th. All details are on the website. Thanks

  4. shasidharan said

    I watched this show with my 4 year old today – Loved every bit of it. My son enjoyed thoroughly and couldnt stop raving about the show. A must watch for any parents.

  5. Ashley said

    My family and I saw the show at Darling Quarter Theatre yesterday.
    The show was hilarious, the characters were so funny. Skeeta Anderson is very acrobatic, while he’s supposed to be looking for the bum thief, he got sidetrack and likes my mum’s shoe. That was so funny!
    Throughout the whole show, we couldn’t stop laughing and I think that is the reson why our jaws were aching so much afterward.
    Thank you, Carl,Gideon and Mark for the fantastic, disgusting, brillant and funny performance of “The Bugalugs Bum Thief”
    We hope to see more performance from you all again…

  6. Makayla said

    I went to the sow yesterday with my class and I thought it was soo funny! Back at school I was dying to go back there and I sat on the bus and the driver found me there and took me back to school! You were awesome please comment soon!!!!

  7. Diana Farleigh said

    Hello I am wondering if the production of The Bugalugs Bum Thief will be going to Newcastle, Taree, or port Macquarie sometime in 2014

    many thanks

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