“Fifty is my first,
Nothing is my second,
Five just makes my third,
My fourth a vowel is reckoned.”


In a wondrous world of riddles and hidden treasure, bumbling Jack Hare is on a race against time to deliver a message of love from the Moon to the Sun. Far, far away in a world just like ours, a mother cheers her son Joe with the tale of Jack Hare’s adventure. But when Jack’s mission goes topsy-turvy, Joe and his mum must come to the rescue, and the line between the two worlds becomes blurred forever.

Bringing to life Kit Williams’ iconic picture book, Masquerade stars a talking fish, a tone-deaf barbershop quartet, a gassy pig, a precious jewel and a few mere mortals. It’s a magical adventure that is, at its heart, about the love between a parent and a child.

Bound to amaze and enchant audiences aged 9 to 90, Griffin begins 2015 with the world premiere of Masquerade at the Sydney Opera House for Sydney Festival. Sam Strong and Lee Lewis join forces to co-direct, weaving their own special magic over a fabulous cast, with songs and music performed live by Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen.


A Griffin Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australia co-production, presented by Sydney Festival and Sydney Opera House. 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival, State Theatre Company of South Australia and Griffin Theatre Company. 



Cast & Crew

7 – 17 January

Monday – Friday 6:30pm
Saturday 12:30pm and 7pm


Drama Theatre

Sydney Opera House

The Drama Theatre at Sydney Opera House is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop. For people who are blind or vision impaired: the performance on 17 January at 12:30pm will be audio described, with a tactile tour at 10:30am. For more information or to book any access services for Masquerade, please contact Sydney Festival on (02) 8248 6500 or email [email protected]

Times & Tickets

“Masquerade is a delight from start to finish.” ★★★★ Time Out

“…terrific performances all round” ★★★★ Sunday Telegraph

“[Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen’s] music, and Mulvany’s new story, bring to this production an emotional power that the original never had.” The Australian

Masquerade is alchemy in action. As a winsome fantasy it is fantastical and as a clear-eyed rendering of the real world of childhood it is moving and honest.” Stage Noise

“Masquerade is lively and visually inventive.” Sydney Morning Herald

“This is an amazing production…Careful and loving writing, deft direction and talented design and acting..” Stage Whispers

“A vivacious collaboration of music, light, colour, costume and larger-than-life characters… Masquerade… interweaves a sombre reality with a beautiful and bizarre other world” The Conversation 

“The ensemble leap in and out of their various roles with plenty of dexterity ” Crikey 

Playwright Kate Mulvany talks about her very personal journey with Masquerade in The Australian.

“…Mulvany’s adaptation is exemplary. At once light-handed and bold, it transforms this book into children’s theatre of unusual depth and charm.” ABC Arts

“…a poignant, charming play animated by vivid spectacle and costume, offbeat humour and musical flair, all of which deepens, rather than sugar-coats, the story of love and death at its core.” The Age

Cast & Crew

Directors Sam Strong & Lee Lewis

Designer Anna Cordingley

Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham

Composition & Musical Direction Pip Branson & Mikelangelo

Assistant Director Nescha Jelk

Associate Designer Romanie Harper

Audio Visual Designer Chris Petridis

Sound Designer Michael Toisuta

Assistant Director Nescha Jelk

Associate Designer Romanie Harper

Choreographer Tania Mitford

Stage Manager Amy Harris

Assistant Stage Manager Mel Dyer

Stage Management Secondment – NIDA  Jennifer Parsonage

Production Managers Gavin Norris, Martin Kinnane

Child Chaperone Whitney Richards

STCSA Head of Workshop John Meyer
Costumes made by State Theatre Company Wardrobe. Scenery made by State Theatre Company Workshop

STCSA Head of Wardrobe & Masquerade Wardrobe Show Supervisor Kellie Jones

Cutter & Costume Makers Martine Micklem, Enken Hagge, Emma Brockliss, Caitlyn Newbury

Costume Props Maker Stephanie Fisher, Kyle Boen

Wigs & facial hair Jana Davies 

With Jack Andrew, Pip Branson, Kate Cheel, Helen Dallimore, Louis Fontaine, Nathan O’Keefe, Zindzi Okenyo, Mikelangelo  & Music by Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen; Pip Branson, Guy Freer, Sam Martin, Phil Moriarty, Mikelangelo.