The Book of

Written by Guus Kuijer
Adapted by Richard Tulloch
Director Neil Armfield


  • Venue Melbourne Theatre Company
  • Dates 27 Nov – 22 Dec 2013

    Winner of one 2010 Sydney Theatre Award
    Best Production for Children

    Winner of one 2011 Arts Hub Award
    For Achievement in the Arts by an Individual or Group

    Winner of two 2013 Green Room Awards
    Theatre – Direction 
    (Neil Armfield)
    Theatre – Ensemble (Cast)

    A Belvoir and Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image co-production

    This delightful production, which began its life in 2009, toured to Wollongong, Adelaide and Sydney’s Seymour Centre in 2011, before heading to the New Victory Theater in New York in 2012. It then had a season at Melbourne Theatre Company in 2013.

    About the play
    When I grow up, I’m going to be happy.

    This is nine-year-old Thomas Klopper’s greatest wish. He isn’t quite an ordinary boy because he sees extraordinary things. Things most people seem to ignore: canals bursting with tropical fish, hailstorms in summer, plagues of hopping frogs. Thomas draws them all in his book, The Book of Everything.

    For his stern and serious-minded Papa, the only books that matter are about God. Comical mistakes that Thomas makes are met with punishment instead of laughter. But when Papa attacks Thomas’ beloved Mamma he has definitely gone too far. Even the angels weep. Meanwhile a jovial Jesus drops in for chats, while Thomas befriends the startling Mrs van Amersfoort and a beautiful girl with a creaking leather leg. This is a magical story about a child who learns to act when beset by fear and faced with wrong.

    This adaptation of Dutch children’s author Guus Kuijer’s acclaimed book will clutch at the heart and challenge your mind, no matter how old you are.


    Written by Guus Kuijer
    Adapted by Richard Tulloch
    Director Neil Armfield
    Set & Costume Designer Kim Carpenter
    Composer Iain Grandage
    Lighting Designer Nigel Levings
    Choreographer Julia Cotton
    Sound Designer Steve Francis
    Assistant Director Eamon Flack


    Alison Bell
    Peter Carroll
    Andrea Demetriades
    Julie Forsythe
    Iain Grandage
    Claire Jones
    John Leary
    Genevieve Picot
    Matthew Whittet


    Production images by Heidrun Lohr


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