Ruby’s Wish

By Holly Austin, Adriano Cappelletta & Jo Turner
Concept Holly Austin
Director Jo Turner

  • Venue Downstairs Theatre
  • Dates 21 September – 9 October 2016
  • Duration 1 hour & 10 minutes, no interval

Recommended for ages 6+

It’s back! The beguiling story of Ruby, a little girl who may not believe in fairytales but who certainly believes in wishes. Confined to a hospital bed for much of her childhood, little Ruby has had to grow up far too fast, and confront too much. But when she is visited by Dot, a tongue-tied clown doctor, she finds a way to use her greatest asset: her imagination.

With exquisite puppetry, in a tale forged of fantasy and reality, Ruby’s Wish is a pocket-sized bundle of charm for all ages. As we watch the two misfits – ailing child and awkward clown – create their fantasy world of mop monsters, bed caves and imaginary paper friends, we are drawn into Ruby’s bittersweet life – and come to see that imagination can make almost anything come true.

After a rapturously received outing in 2014, we’re very pleased to bring MAKEbeLIVE’s puppets, magic, beatboxing and exquisite performances back for another season. If you missed it last time, well, here is your second chance.

A MAKEbeLIVE production

Special School Holiday Performance Times!

Plus, we have special family packages – check prices below


During the September school holidays, Belvoir will be hosting art making activities in the foyer to coincide with Ruby’s Wish. Similar to the show, these activities are designed to engage young imaginations.

Kids will have the opportunity to create a whole cast of shadow puppets, learn the craft of origami or get drawing. We also invite you to participate in our Children’s Book Exchange.

Art making activities will be held in the Belvoir foyer before and after the show during the September school holidays at the following times:

24 September – 9 October

Tuesday to Thursday 10.30am – 4pm

Friday & Sunday 1pm – 4pm

Saturday 12pm – 4pm

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

No booking required, just turn up!


By Holly Austin, Adriano Cappelletta & Jo Turner
Concept Holly Austin
Director Jo Turner
Set & Costume Designer Pip Runciman
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Lighting Design Associate Alexander Berlage
Puppetry Director Alice Osborne
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis
Animation Tim Watts
Puppets Erth Visual & Physical Inc.
Interactive Designer Annie McKinnon
Producer Clara Iaccarino


Holly Austin
Adriano Cappelletta
Kate Sherman


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