An overactive imagination just might save your life!

Ruby is seven and three quarters. She is everything a little girl should be: brazen, hopeful and bright-eyed. But unlike other little girls, Ruby is sick and spends most of her time in hospital. Through an unlikely friendship with tongue-tied clown doctor called Dr Audi-Yo!, Ruby's hospital room is transformed into a wonderland of mop masters and bed caves, where anything can happen and wishes really do come true!

Ruby's Wish combines puppetry, clowning, original music and a magical beat boxing costume into a heart-warming visual spectacular that will enchant children and adults alike.

Ruby's Wish premiered in an independent season at Belvoir St Theatre in 2014, and returned to Belvoir's subscription season in 2016. In 2018 Ruby's Wish toured to Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Opera House and Riverside Parramatta.

Venue Format
Theatre, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
B, C
Touring Party

The LX & SD design are critical to the show, particularly the live sound design through the beat-boxing, looping jacket. The venue must provide an experienced sound mixer for the length of the season for live sound.

FROUDIST is a creative producing and arts management company launched in 2017 by Tahni Froudist. Focusing on contemporary practice and participatory work, Froudist has since collaborated with Outback Theatre for Young People, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, THE RABBLE, Alyson Evans, Emily Goddard, Cubbyhouse Co, Holly Austin, Daniel Schlusser Ensemble and Adena Jacobs’ Fraught Outfit.

Currently based in Albury-Wodonga, Froudist works across the country as a producer, consultant, and arts manager, proudly supporting the development, creation and touring of new Australian work.

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Unique Selling Point

Ruby’s Wish is one of those rare shows that appeals across ages. It tackles a difficult subject – children in hospital – with warmth, humour, and creativity. Children sit riveted by the beat boxing clown doctor and puppetry, and adults are able to reflect on the emotional heart of the story. Cubbyhouse Co’s focus is making work that is funny, innovative and emotionally engaging for the young and the young at heart, and Ruby’s Wish does just that.

Marketing Materials

A pack of marketing materials and additional resources are available for venues, these include:

  • Poster & flyer template
  • Media release
  • Trailer
  • Rehearsal and production images

Education resources can be developed if required.

Community Engagement

There are a range of audience engagement opportunities which can be included with the production and can explore both the working method of the artists involved in creating the production as well as the play itself. See below for more detail regarding each opportunity.

Post-Show Q&A with Performers These 15 to 30-minute sessions are invaluable for all audiences to engage in the creation of the work and to understand the process of creating the performance. They give students a chance to ask any burning questions about the production.

Pre-Season Briefings with Cast and Creatives It is possible to arrange briefings with the cast and creative in the lead-up to the performance season, providing insight into the creative process and development of Ruby’s Wish. These are free to presenters, excluding all travel and accommodation costs, and will need to be organised well in advance to ensure availability of all relevant parties.

Puppetry or Devising Workshops The cast are multi-talented and highly experienced in running workshops in puppetry or devising to groups of all ages. These two-hour workshops are a great introduction to puppetry or devising for beginners. These workshops must be scheduled on days where there is no performance.