Waru - journey of the small turtle

Next date: Thursday, 31 October 2024 | 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM


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SCHOOL PERFORMANCES -These performances can be booked by returning the below School Booking Form to mvboxoffice@rrc.qld.gov.au
Thursday, 31 October 2024 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Thursday, 31 October 2024 12:30 PM - 01:45 PM

Please ensure you have read the accompanying Fact Sheet.

RRC352-2024-Pilbeam-Theatre-School-Booking-Form-Waru-V1.pdf(PDF, 532KB)

RRC301-Pilbeam-Theatre-School-Bookings-Shows-for-2024-Factsheet-V3.pdf(PDF, 260KB)

This is a fillable PDF. Please download it to your computer, fill out the appropriate fields and click on the ‘Submit button’. This will set up an email using your computer’s email app which you can then send to our Box Office.
Alternatively you can print the form, fill it out, scan and email it to our box office mvboxoffice@rrc.qld.gov.au



Friday, 1 November 2024 06:00 PM - 06:45 PM

School booking forms for the matinee performances will be available here mid to late January 2024.
Limited public seating is available for the matinee performances. To buy tickets please contact the Box Office on 4927 4111.

To book tickets for the evening performance, click on the Buy Tickets link above.


Rockhamton Regional Council presents

Bangarra Dance Theatre's production of 

Waru - journey of the small turtle

Director Stephen Page
Cultural Creatives Sani Townson and Elma Kris
Writer Hunter Page-Lochard
Composers Steve Francis and David Page
Featured Songs By Helen Anu, Leonora Adidi and Peggy Misi
Set and Costume Design Jacob Nash
Lighting Design Matt Cox
Language Consultant Leonora Adidi

Under the star-illuminated skies of the Torres Strait, a green turtle navigates her way back to the beach where she was born. The season has started, the turtles are returning to nest, and soon the island will welcome a new generation of hatchlings – amongst them, our small turtle friend, Migi! 

In Bangarra’s first dedicated work for children, join our heroine Migi as she undertakes a journey of discovery and survival. A contemporary saltwater Lagaw Kazil (Island Children) story inspired by the totemic system of the green turtle, Waru – journey of the small turtle is an interactive and immersive introduction to Torres Strait Islander culture and dance for 3–7-year-olds. 

Created by former Bangarra Artistic Director, Stephen Page, together with Hunter Page-Lochard and Bangarra alumni Dancers and Choreographers Sani Townson and Elma Kris, Waru provides teachers, parents and care-givers with a unique opportunity to open up conversations about climate change, caring for the environment and the traditional cultural values of respect and reciprocity.

Inspired in part by Turtle (Corroboree, 2001), choreographed by Stephen Page, Peggy Misi and Elma Kris.

Featured songs:
Koey Maluya by Helen Anu, Leonora Adidi and Peggy Misi, choreographed by Peggy Misi, Elma Kris and Sani Townson.
Waru by Helen Anu, Leonora Adidi.
Soeywal Wayi by Helen Anu, Leonora Adidi.
Play Dance, Kasa Kab, choreographed by Peggy Misi and Stephen Page.

Development of Waru – journey of the small turtle has been generously supported by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative and the Girgensohn Foundation.

Suitable for ages 3-7 years



Presented by Rockhampton Regional Council. Part of  the 2023 See It Live Theatre Season.

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Please call the Box Office on 49274111 if you have Wheelchair, Companion Card or Special needs requirements before completing your booking.

Ticket transaction fees may apply to purchases. Fees are based on your method of payment, delivery and the specific event you are attending.

EITHER a fee of $5.40 per transaction will apply for a booking made with the box office by telephone
OR a fee of $1.70 per ticket will apply for tickets purchased online.

Delivery charges if applicable are detailed at Check-Out.

Cash sales in person at the Box Office will not incur transaction fees.

These fees are current until 30 June 2025.



  • Thursday, 31 October 2024 | 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Thursday, 31 October 2024 | 12:30 PM - 01:45 PM
  • Friday, 01 November 2024 | 06:00 PM - 06:45 PM


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