The Arrival

These school holidays, enter an extraordinary new world at QPAC with The Arrival, based on the much-loved novel by Shaun Tan.

See giant ships fly through the air and foreign tongues thrive in this strange and wondrous place. Curious puppetry and physical theatre combine with breathtaking sets, whimsical props and a remarkable soundscape to tell the touching story.

In The Arrival, a man flees his homeland and journeys across vast seas to arrive in a brand new place. There he negotiates dazzling architecture, bizarre foods and foreign tongues to build a new life. On his travels, the man meets fellow strangers, each with their own tales to tell.

This moving production will touch anyone who has ever had to start anew or bid farewell to a loved one.

Out of the Box Festival offers opportunities for children to engage in arts-rich experiences to explore and extend in-class literacy and learning. Teachers can deepen their student’s engagement with and experience of the Festival by talking to them about the different in-theatre experiences, workshops and activities before, during and after their day.

To help with this, the Out of the Box Festival team has prepared numerous Creative Learning Guides which link the in-theatre experiences, activities and workshops at the festival with the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum (Version 8). Key messages, learning activities and other resources are also included.


Download resources for The Arrival.

QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival presents
The Arrival
A Red Leap Production in association with Out of the Box and UNICEF AUSTRALIA
An adaptation of the graphic novel by Shaun Tan

The Arrival is world class; one of the best examples of its kind you’ll ever see.

Janet McAllister , NZ Herald