The Peasant Prince – School Holidays

Monkey Baa Theatre Company
on the book by Li Cunxin (illustrated by Anne Spudvilas)
Tim McGarry
Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry
09 April - 20 April
10.30, 12.30

“You have your secret dreams. Follow them. Make them come true.”

Monkey Baa Theatre Company brings the children’s version of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer to the stage in this extraordinary production.

Li, a 10-year old peasant boy is plucked from his village in rural China and sent to a ballet academy in the big city. He leaves everything and everyone he loves, including his family. Over years of gruelling training, this boy transforms from an impoverished peasant to a giant of the international dance scene.  Li’s courage, resilience and unwavering hope for a better life makes The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be. Audiences will be captivated by this very personal story, truly a 20th century fairy tale.

Monkey Baa is honoured to be working closely with Li to adapt The Peasant Prince onto the stage.

Suitable for ages 6+

OOSH and Vacation Care groups please download the Booking form and email to our Administrator Tickets are $17 per student with an educator free at a ratio of 1:10

Box Office – 02 8624 9340

Ticket Prices

Adult $29.00 per ticket
Child $29.00 per ticket
Family of 4 $104.00
Family of 5 $125.00
Groups 10+ $25.00 per ticket
No booking or transaction fees apply

Watch a video of the creative development process below:

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RELAXED PERFORMANCE – Thursday 14th April 2016 – 12.30pm – all tickets $17.00. Suitable for ages 4+

Relaxed performances modify the so-called ‘theatre rules’ so the environment is as welcoming and inclusive as possible. For example, the house lights may be left on during the show, patrons are able to exit whenever necessary, patrons can enter the theatre early to familiarise themselves with the theatre environment. Relaxed performances are perhaps best described as, “the opposite of the quiet carriage on the train”. We hope you will come and join us!

We’ve partnered with Deaf Children Australia to present a signed performance on Saturday 9th April, 3pm. To access the best seats for this service, please call our Box Office: 8624 9340.







funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (Eldon & Anne Foote Trust Donor Advised Program 2015)









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Director – Tim McGarry

Writers – Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge & Tim McGarry

Set & Costume Designer – Michael Hankin

Movement Director – Danielle Micich (courtesy of Force Majeure)

Lighting Design – Sian James-Holland

Composer – Daryl Wallis

Script Consultant – Li Cunxin

Dramaturge – Camilla Ah Kin

Video Designer – David Bergman

Stage Manager – Kelly Ukena

Production Manager – Cally Bartley

Production Coordinator – Damion Holling

Technical Coordinator – Russell Stewart

Set & Costume Design Assistant – Charlie Davis

Set Construction – Thomas Creative

Costume Maker – Leah Giblin

Teaching Artists – Belinda Hoare, Luke Kerridge and Bali Padda



John Gomez Goodway – Li Cunxin

Jenevieve Chang – Niang / others

Jonathan Chan – Dia / others

Edric Hong – Cunfar / others


  1. Daphne Lowe Kelley said

    A moving story, brilliantly produced and portrayed by a wonderful and versatile cast – I thoroughly enjoyed The Peasant Prince and pleased to note that it is going on tour.

    • Laura Watson said

      Thank you Daphne! We’re so glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Lucinda said

    The Peasant Prince is a truly beautiful production that stays with you long after the curtain call. The performances are excellent across the board and the design is really clever.. Thank you for this extremely creative and moving production of a deeply inspiring story. A must see for all children, their families and schools.

    • Laura Watson said

      Thanks Lucinda! We’re glad you enjoyed the show!

  3. Shelley Rosen said

    Praise for Monkey Baa’s truly inspired and captivating adaption to stage of The Peasant Prince. The artistic and emotional colours of Li Cunxin’s journey is brought to life through this beautifully sensitive and innovative play which reconfigures our heart, mind and senses toward a more holistic openness for following our passions. Brilliant beyond description, a definite must-see for audiences of all ages.

  4. Deborah said

    thank you for a performance that made me laugh and cry….you have adapted such a powerful and complex story into a warm-hearted theatre piece kids are going to love.

  5. Emma Westrup said

    A really evocative and moving performance by all 3 actors and actress, brilliantly and skillfully translated for the Deaf in AUSLAN such that none of the sentiment nor passion was lost in translation. A beautifully stage-adapted story which captivates the heart from start to finish.

    • Laura Watson said

      Hi Emma,
      Thank you for getting in touch with us! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed the AUSLAN performance of ‘The Peasant Price.’ We’ll pass your lovely feedback on to our cast and crew. Best wishes, the Monkeys.

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