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Live Performance (Stage Show)


Recommended age 8+

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An old man and young girl are in a boat on the stage. She wears a bright yellow life vest and he's pointing ahead.

A life and death fishing adventure played in a sea of foam.


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. Created for audiences aged 8+ and their grandparents Marlin explores the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren with themes of grief, redemption, and victory. 

A co-production with Melbourne Theatre Company, Marlin premiered in the Lawler Studio in September 2014 before touring to the 2015 Bleach* Festival on the Gold Coast.

Winner, Best Performance by a Theatre Company for Primary Students - Drama Victoria Excellence and Recognition Awards 2014

Winner, Theatre for Young Audiences - Australian Writers Guild 2015

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