Photographer: Pia Johnson. Design: 21-19. Models: Justin Green and Rae Franco.

A life and death fishing adventure played in a sea of foam, for ages 8+ and their grandparents.

A co-production with Melbourne Theatre Company. 

Billy Grogan’s dad used to tell her life is wild and finds its own way home. But he never did. He went fishing for a marlin two years back and never came home. Now she lives with her granddad, dreaming of the ocean and adventure while her life goes down the dunny. Then one dark and strange night, a miraculous marlin takes her and her granddad out past the reef, to the open ocean and the deep. But will either of them find their way back home?

Inspired by classic seafaring literature, Marlin is set in the game fishing regions off Northern Queensland and played in a sea of foam. Marlin explores the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren and themes of grief, redemption and victory.

Arena Theatre Company has been making internationally acclaimed theatre for young people for almost 50 years. Arena and MTC are thrilled to collaborate on this new work for both schools and school holiday audiences.


Season Information

Marlin premiered at the Melbourne Theatre Company in the Lawler Studio in September 2014.

In March 2015 Marlin toured to Bleach* Festival on the Goldcoast.

Creative Team

Director Christian Leavesley
Playwright Damien Millar
Designer Marg Horwell
Lighting Designer Rachel Burke
Sound Designer Jethro Woodward
Composer Wang- Zheng Ting
Assistant Director Jolyon James
Production Manager Emily O'Brien
Stage Manager James Lipari
Set Construction Just Imagine
Puppetry Rob Matson
Puppetry Consultant Keira Lyons
Cast - Billy Grogan Ashlea Pyke
Cast - Thomas Grogan Christopher Bunworth
Cast - Puppeteer Jacob Williams

School Holidays Activities

Are you coming along to see Marlin next week?

Here's a great activity to pump up the excitement and you can even wear it to the show!
You'll need-

1. To download the pdf 
2. Print it on A3 paper
3. Construct! Using scissors, stapler and our handy instruction video.

Good luck!

Marlin Hat