Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture bookDiary of a Wombat. Now this iconic work, written by Australian Children’s Laureate (2014–2015) Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley, comes to the stage. Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, trash bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained! 

This delightful non-verbal adaptation features puppetry, movement, and live cello music from a team of revered artists including Puppetry and Movement Director, Alice Osborne (War Horse), Designer Imogen Ross and accomplished composer/cellist, Oonagh Sherrard.

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Diary of a Wombat will be a sensory-friendly performance, designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including young people with autism or other forms of neurodiversity that create sensory sensitivities.

About Sensory-Friendly Performances

  • Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds
  • Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance
  • A reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience
  • Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
  • Designated quiet areas within the theater
  • Space throughout the theater for standing and movement
  • Halloran Centre staff trained to be inviting and accommodating to families' needs
  • Families will also have access to resource materials to prepare for their visit


This tour is proudly supported by the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC.