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The Surfer and the Mermaid

18 - 20 Jul

A beautiful theatre experience for the whole family in the July School Holidays.

By Tim Baker. Images by Ted Grambeau.

The feel-good stage adaptation of Tim Baker’s gorgeous children’s book follows the tale of a young surfer on a magical underwater journey. Captured by a mermaid, the boy is led to the depths of the ocean to meet her marine friends – the whales.

Written by renowned Australian surf writer Tim Baker, and featuring stunning images by Ted Grambeau, this fun, elevating show will inspire young audiences to see themselves as empowered advocates for marine conservation. Kids of all ages will recognise how their actions impact the ocean, and what they can do to inspire change in others.

Barrel surf footage courtesy of Koa Smith 

Get Creative!

Draw or colour your favourite sea creature for a chance to win one of three family passes to see the show. You can pick up a drawing page at IPAC Box Office or download here.

Return your entry to IPAC Box Office or email to by 5pm, Thu 11 Jul. Winners will be notified by email 5pm, Mon 15 Jul.

Thank you to all the creative entrants! This competition has now ended and winners have been notified.

Cast & Creative Team

Director Leland Kean
Set and Costume Designer Katja Handt
Video Media Designer Mic Gruchy
Lighting Designer Taryn Brown
Composer and Sound Designer Daryl Wallis
Dramaturg Melinda Collie-Holmes
Associate Producer Annie Clapton
Stage Manager Morag Mirankar
Vision Operator Andrew Varga
Cast Adam Booth and Lucy Heffernan

Merrigong Creativity Camp


Filled with interactive theatre, performance and design workshops, our popular Creativity Camps are back in 2019!

The July Merrigong Creativity Camp will be themed around The Surfer and the Mermaid and includes a ticket to see the show with the group. For more information click here.

Relaxed Performance

The performance on Saturday 20 July, 10am is designed to welcome people who benefit from a more informal performance environment for a range of real life reasons, including young children and people living with Autism.

There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and small changes may be made to the light and sound effects.

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