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Calvin Bowman

The Magic Pudding – The Opera

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
15 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018

Celebrating its 100th birthday

Take one true-blue Australian classic, add deliciously playful costumes with a measure of musical magic, mix in a generous helping of young talent and discover the perfect recipe for a delightful family opera.

Celebrating the centenary of Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding, Victorian Opera brings its much-loved adaptation back to the Melbourne stage, before hitting the road across regional Victoria, with a cast of brilliant emerging talent and local community choruses.

Join Albert, the walking, talking, never-ending Pudding, and his friends – penguin Sam Sawnoff, sailor Bill Barnacle and koala Bunyip Bluegum – as we celebrate an Australian family favourite with this witty and adorable production.

The story

Following the scent of pudding, Bunyip Bluegum, the koala, comes across Bill Barnacle, the sailor, and Sam Sawnoff, the penguin. They are the owners of a rather ill-tempered Puddin’ called Albert, who magically replenishes no matter how many slices are cut. Bill and Sam are being followed by Possum and Watkin Wombat who want to steal the Puddin’ for themselves. Will the three friends be able to thwart the thieves and hold onto their magic Puddin’?

The music

Composed by Victorian Calvin Bowman, the music is light with generous melodies that delight audiences of all ages. The story is told through Bowman’s melodic style that has been influenced by the Romantic era, early 20th-century British composers and Carl Stalling (composer of music for Warner Brother cartoons).


Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Thursday 15 March 6:30pm
Friday 16 March 6:30pm
Saturday 17 March 1:00pm*, 5:00pm*

Running time is approximately 75 minutes with no interval.

Sung in English.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Patrons' Pre-show Drinks Saturday 17 March
Tactile Tour Saturday 17 March 1:00pm, 5:00pm

*Audio described performances

Price reserve maps for this performance can be found on our Venue Information page or our Subscriptions page.

The Magic Pudding – The Opera will also be performed in Bendigo and Wodonga in April. View Regional Tour dates.

Cast & Crew

Composer Calvin Bowman
Librettist Anna Goldsworthy

Creative team

Conductor Fabian Russell
Director Cameron Menzies
Set and Costume Design Chloe Greaves
Lighting Design Peter Darby


Narrator Georgia Wilkinson*
Bunyip Bluegum Nathan Lay
Bill Barnacle Timothy Reynolds
Sam Sawnoff Brenton Spiteri
Albert the Pudding Jeremy Kleeman
Wombat/Rooster Shakira Dugan*
Possum Shakira Tsindos*
Judge Carlos E. Bárcenas
Constable/Hedgehog Douglas Kelly*
Benjimen Brandysnap Stephen Marsh*

Supported by a Youth Opera Chorus and Community Chorus

*Youth Artist 2018


Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

The Magic Pudding - The Opera. Photo: Charlie Kinross

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Subscription Prices

Package Type Discount Price Type* A-Reserve B-Reserve
2 Show Package 15% Discount Full Price $33 $28
3 Show Package 25% Discount Full Price $29 $25
4+ Show Package 35% Discount Full Price $25 $22

Single Ticket Prices

Price Type A-Reserve B-Reserve
Full Price $39 $34
Concession $29 $24
Senior $34 $29
30 Years & Under $29 $24
Child $19 $14
Group (4+) $29 $24
Family Ticket* - Adult $29 $24
Family Ticket* - Child $15 $12
Arts Access $30 $30

*Subscription pricing applies to Full, Concession, Senior and 30 Years and Under ticket buyers, and across all price reserves. For the full range of ticket prices, please click the 'Subscribe and Save' button.

Subscription savings are based on Single Ticket prices for 2018. Tickets must be purchased in a single transaction as a package. Please note that there is an $8.50 Subscription Processing Fee per transaction.

Key Dates 

Subscriptions on sale - Wednesday 27 September 2017
Single Tickets on sale - Monday 30 October 2017

Please allow up to four weeks for your subscription to be processed.

*Family tickets consist of a group of 4 or more, with at least one Adult.


“ ★★★★ An absolute joy”

Herald Sun

“★★★★ A delightfully charming, family friendly, dinky di true blue production.”

Theatre People