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The Wider Earth

16 - 19 Mar

Enter the world of Charles Darwin, shimmering with wonder and the excitement of discovery.

By David Morton

Following acclaimed seasons at London’s Natural History Museum and Sydney Festival, Brisbane’s Dead Puppet Society bring us this exceptional production, nominated for both Olivier and Helpmann Awards. Remarkable life-size puppets, cinematic projections and an evocative original score by Lior and Tony Buchen combine to retell the story of 22-year old scientific visionary Charles Darwin and his 5-year voyage on the HMS Beagle.

From the tiniest longhorn beetle to the majestic southern right whale and the ancient Galapagos tortoise – The Wider Earth brings to life creatures great and small, as we experience Darwin’s life-altering journey through the depths of the Amazon rainforest, the dizzying heights of the Andes, and the wonders of the Galapagos Islands.

Take a journey alongside the curious young naturalist in this visually stunning coming-of-age story about science, faith and a questioning heart.


Book this show as part of a Merrigong Season Ticket
You can include this show as part of a 2022 Season Ticket. Choose 5 shows from only $290 and you’ll also get a range of extra perks, like free ticket exchanges and discounts at The Social café & bar. Read more and book here.


  • Astonishingly original...No praise could be too high. - 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
  • Like a puppet version of The Blue Planet. A beautiful event – highly informative and visually amazing. - Mail on Sunday (UK)
  • Epic, with a sweeping score and a stunning visual richness. - Evening Standard (UK)

Cast & Creatives

Director & 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
Photo by Guy Bell

Pre-show Dining Packages

$28 Pre-Show Dining Packages

Pre-book a meal and drink at The Social when you book your tickets!

For only $28pp. Our great value Pre-Show Dining Packages feature warm table bread, a selection from our delicious show time à la carte options served with a house drink of your choice. Menus are updated regularly and include at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free option. Open weekdays and showtime.

Table bookings are required. 02 4224 5932

Click here for full terms and conditions.

Keeping you, our staff and performing artists safe is our number one priority.

We are operating in accordance with NSW Health rules and guidelines for entertainment venues. When you visit, it is really important that you are feeling well and prepared to stick to the safety practices of our venues. Face masks, digital check-ins and proof of vaccination are currently mandatory for all visitors. (This also includes everyone working on site.) For detailed information and FAQs, please click here.


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