Cicada tell story. Story Good. Story simple. Story even human can understand. Tok! Tok! Tok!

So begins the story of a dutiful cicada who works away in a grey office year after year.

Overlooked and unappreciated by his co-workers, Cicada weaves a dream of escape, keeping his secrets hidden until the day something truly extraordinary begins to happen…

Winner of the Children’s Book Council Award for Best Picture Book in 2019, this new adaptation brings master-storyteller Shaun Tan’s much-loved Cicada to life on the stage with exquisite puppetry and visual storytelling by some of WA’s leading theatre-makers.

A small story of epic proportions, Cicada is an enchanting tale of difference, resilience and the light we all have inside ourselves.

Adapted for the stage by Arielle Gray, Luke Kerridge and Tim Watts, from CICADA, by Shaun Tan.

Cicada is suitable for ages 8+.

“Visually masterful, thematically brilliant, beautifully executed … this year’s must see performance for children and families.” — Arts Hub

SUITABLE FOR: Ages 7+, adults

RUN TIME: 55 minutes, no interval

WHERE: Koorliny Arts Centre, Theatre 1

WARNINGS: This show contains low lighting, some flashing lights and haze.


Director – Luke Kerridge
Designer – Tyler Hill
Prop Design Assistant – Amalia Lambert
Composer – Jonathon Jie Hong Yang
Sound Design – Tim Collins
Lighting Design – Chloe Ogilvie
Video Design – Tim Watts
Puppet Construction – Tamara Rewse
Cast – Tamara Creasey & Imanuel Dado

Produced by arrangement with Passion Australia | Highly Spirited Pty Ltd. Image & Text reproduced with permission from Cicada by Shaun Tan, Hachette Australia, 2018.