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Event Venue

Earl Arts Centre

Event Dates & Times

  • Wed, Sep 29 2021 7:30pm
  • Thu, Sep 30 2021 1:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 1 2021 1:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 1 2021 6:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 2 2021 6:00pm

Running Time

50 minutes (no interval)


Please refrain from attending this event if you are feeling unwell or are carrying respiratory symptoms.

On entry, patrons will be required to check-in via the Check In TAS app. Please download it prior to arrival. If you do not have a device with this capability, Theatre North Staff will be there to assist with registration.

Recommended for ages 5+.

No filming or photography permitted.



Please note the venue for this season has changed from Launceston College to the Earl Arts Centre. Tickets which have the college listed as the venue will be honoured at the Earl Arts, and no further action is required from ticket holders!


An epic quest of bravery and friendship.

From palawa playwright Nathan Maynard (The Season) comes a story with a little bit of truth and a little bit of make-believe: one might say A Not So Traditional Story.

Once upon a time two kids, Wurangkili (who is keen on adventure) and Timita (who takes a bit of convincing), are crashed upon by an alien from a faraway land.

They embark on an epic quest across the island of lutruwita in search of the ‘oldest of old elders’, meeting up with some hilarious and unique friends along the way.

This beautiful and funny production by Terrapin uses masks, shadow puppetry and physical theatre to tell an important story of culture, identity, bravery and friendship.

A Not So Traditional Story is a rare and memorable performance that combines Terrapin’s renowned skill in entertaining and engaging children with the voice of a new generation of Tasmanian Aboriginal performing artists.


Witness Performance – ‘Beautifully, meticulously created and wonderful to watch.’

The Age – ‘Theatre with so much heart… buoyed by a mischievous sense of fun.’


Ticket discounts available to Friends of Theatre North.

Show images by Bryony Jackson.

Co-commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne and produced in association with the Tasmanian Department of Education and Kickstart Arts.


Ticket Pricing

  • $25 - All Single Tickets
  • $22 - All Friends of Theatre North
  • $22 - Group 10 +

Companion Cards accepted. Please advise at time of booking if you require any specific seating requirements (front row only, wheelchair accessibility) or hearing enhancement facilities.

General Admission

Babes in Arms (sitting on your lap, not occupying a seat) aged up to 12 months are admitted free to this performance. All Babes in Arms must have a ticket to enter the theatre. Please ask for your complimentary Babes in Arms ticket at the box office.

A processing fee of $6 applies to tickets purchased online. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket fee, which will be applied at the end of your purchase.

Creative Team

Creative Team

  • Director - Sam Routledge
  • Writer - Nathan Maynard
  • Composer - Matthew Fargher
  • Set and Costume Design - Michelle Boyde
  • Puppet Design & Construction - Bryony Anderson & Sabrina Evans
  • Basket And Water Carrier Construction - Lillian Wheatley
  • Creation Story Character Design - Lillian Wheatley
  • Backdrop Design and Construction - Michelle Maynard
  • Performers - Jordy Gregg, Craig Irons, Nathan Maynard and Denni Proctor
Artful storytelling, imaginative and skillful puppetry and set design, and performances buoyed by a mischievous sense of fun.
Beautifully, meticulously created and wonderful to watch.