Have you ever smiled at a crocodile? Munched on mango with a bandicoot? Or boogaloo-ed with a brolga?!!!

Sonic Safari is a rollicking, whimsical and joyous interactive classical music concert for the very young and the young at heart.

Featuring masterful storytelling and narration by award-winning children’s theatre artist Nadia Sunde alongside a ‘glorious’ ensemble of Queensland classical musicians, Sonic Safari celebrates our animal world and introduces instruments of the orchestra through a carefully curated collection of Australian composed pieces, classical favourites and selections from Saint-Saëns’ ‘Carnival of the Animals’.

This interactive 50minute musical adventure includes all new (and often hilarious) verses to the ‘Carnival of the Animal’s', written by Nadia Sunde especially for Queensland audiences.

Come prepared to clap, stamp, honk, quack and sing along!

Musical direction by Louise King.

Originally commissioned and presented by the Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival 2021.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party
12 (can be scaled down to 7)

Red Chair is a Queensland-based performing arts and event management company recognised nationally as a major producing and touring body for culturally diverse works. Red Chair was the winner of the 2014 Premier's Cultural Diversity Award - Small Business.

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Unique Selling Point

• Sonic Safari is classical music made accessible to audiences of all ages. • Sonic Safari features storytelling and musical arrangements of exceptional quality, including Australian and Queensland composers alongside famous classical works by Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov and others. • Sonic Safari is interactive, inclusive and accessible. • Sonic Safari appeals to adults and children alike. • Sonic Safari is incredibly joyful.

Marketing Materials

Red Chair will provide a complete marketing pack including: • Print templates • Graphic design assets • A range of promotional images • Marketing copy • Short videos for social media campaigns. • Access to high quality recordings of verses, stories and songs featured in the show.

Community Engagement

The cast for Sonic Safari includes some of Queensland’s finest musicians, authors, clinicians and educators. As such, we have a quality selection of workshops, professional development opportunities and masterclasses available to suit every age and your specific community needs. We look forward to discussing these options with you.

  • Teacher Kit / educational pack
  • Q + A / meet + greet
  • Instrument petting zoo
  • School Workshops (in alignment with KPI’s in curriculum)
  • Teaching Artist Visit
  • Instrumental Specialist Masterclass
  • Skill Development / PD workshop for classroom music/early childhood teachers

Schools and communities will have access to recordings of the music, verses and stories from the show weeks prior to the performance. This helps children to feel familiar with the works and builds on their engagement in the live experience. It also helps to drive ticket sales.

Pre-show activation – Audiences are invited to dress as their favourite animal or bring along their favourite animal toy. The foyer will be dressed in a jungle theme to support the immersive quality of the experience.

Post-event meet-and-greet – The Sonic Safari Instrument Petting Zoo. Come and meet the musicians and their instruments after the performance. Nadia’s pet goldfish ‘Wolfgang’ always loves to make new friends.

School education pack - currently in development.