The award-winning drama The Wider Earth tells the story of the rebellious young Charles Darwin.

Join the twenty-two year old Darwin on HMS Beagle’s daring voyage to the far side of the world and discover the gripping story behind one of the most important discoveries in history.

An ensemble cast, remarkable puppetry, cinematic projections and an original score by Lior and Tony Buchen all combine to bring to life uncharted landscapes and incredible creatures in this highly ambitious theatrical event.

A Dead Puppet Society, Trish Wadley Productions and Glass Half Full Productions production
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Images: Prudence Upton


Puppet Construction Workshop

Tuesday 22 March, 10am - 12 noon

Using the Dead Puppet Society Prototyping Method, participants will learn the basics behind designing their own puppet character, and using readily available materials to exquisite effect, before working together to explore the principles of puppet manipulation to bring their character to life through a series of visual theatre devising exercises.

Using text or image as stimulus students will: 
Classroom Connections: Contemporary Performance, Devising, Working as an Ensemble and Working with Stagecraft.

Workshop content includes:

• Create a character design with a consideration of form and symbol in visual design 

• Construct animated puppet skeletons 

• Form an understanding of different joint & hinge styles 

• Experiment with simple Puppet Mechanisms

"‘No praise could be too high for The Wider Earth, QTC’s astonishingly original collaboration with Brisbane’s youthful Dead Puppet Society.’"
— The Australian
"‘This is a voyage of extraordinary theatrical discovery that celebrates the power of curiosity, the natural world and big ideas.’"
— Sydney Morning Herald
"‘Simply beautiful... The skeletal puppets move with beautiful realism – birds soar over the audience, fireflies rise into the air and sea creatures move through the water with fluid grace.’"
— Limelight
"‘Audiences will be exposed to an expertly written piece that involves drama, humour, suspense, and adventure.'"
— Artshub


Director and Co-Designer David Morton

Creative Producer Nicholas Paine

Associate Director Matt Seery

Co-Designer Aaron Barton

Composers Lior and Tony Buchen

Sound Designer Tony Brumpton

Associate Sound Designer Brady Watkins

Projection Designer Justin Harrison

Original Lighting Designer David Walters

UK and Tour Lighting Designer Lee Curran

Associate Lighting Designer Christine Felmingham

Dramaturg Louise Gough


Event and ticketing details

Date and time

Wednesday 23 March, 7pm
Thursday 24 March, 10.30am & 7pm
Tuesday 22 March, 10am

Duration:     PERFORMANCE: 2 hrs 10mins, including a 20 minute interval; WORKSHOP: 2 hrs


Early Bird Adult: $40.00
Early Bird Concession: $35.00
Student: $35.00
Family (2 Ad & 2 Ch - enter multiples of 4): $35.00 - pp
Group 10+: $25.00 - pp
School Groups (10+): $25.00 - pp - plus 1 teacher free per 10 students. Book via RPAC Box Office.
Puppet Building Workshop: $25.00 - NOTE: Workshop takes place on Tuesday 22 March, 10am - 12pm

Ticket status

On Sale


RPAC Concert Hall

2 -16 Middle Street, Cleveland, QLD 4163

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Wheelchair Access
Assistive listening Induction Loop Hearing Assistance

If you require mobility assistance please contact Redland Performing Arts Centre on 3829 8131 so that we can accommodate your needs. Further information can also be found on the 'Access and Facilities' page.

Event notes


Suitable for ages 12+

Booking fees:

$5 by phone and $6 online per transaction

Box Office hours:

Monday – Friday 9am to 4pm, and 1 hour prior to performances


Dead blackouts, naked flame, approved theatrical smoke, haze effects and strobe lighting.
The use of photographic or recording equipment is not permitted inside the theatre.

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