Bring along the whole family for a magic musical journey with the grandest band in the land

Following the success of The Owl and the Pussycat, comes a new favourite for our littlest theatre lovers, featuring Bryan Probets, Christine Johnston, Guitarist Karin Schaupp, Animator Andi Spark and Composer Quincy Grant.

Based on a beloved Brothers Grimm tale, The Grand Ragtag Animal Band is a whimsical 50-minute musically-driven theatre work for Families.

The tale begins with four animals at the end of their working life, who have long toiled at menial tasks. They have been unable to pursue what truly matters to them - making music. Donkey, Hound, Cat and Rooster set off to become musicians in the fabled town of Bremen. Along the way, the friends find renewed vigour for life through making music and overcome obstacles by working together.

This tale reminds us of the value of our oldest citizens in society. Age brings experience, wisdom and knowledge to find solutions. In our youth obsessed culture, it is a perfect tale for grandparents and parents to share with loved ones.

Venue Format
Theatre, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
Touring Party

Work in development. More info soon.

At Little Match Productions, we are passionate about exploring our collective humanity via its most primal and intrinsically expressive media - the voice. Our works traverse comedy-cabaret, opera, classical music and children’s productions, delivering high quality entertainment enjoyed by audiences on many levels.

We are a collective of like-minded female arts professionals. Founded by Alicia Cush and joined by Penny Challen (Co-Artistic Directors) and Performer/Producer Bethan Ellsmore, we engage a variety of artists in rigorous collaboration for each project. Over the past six years, Little Match Productions has developed a reputation for its unique ability to present classical repertoire and vocal techniques in creative contemporary contexts.

Based in Brisbane, our primary focus is creating new, entertaining works for people across ALL of Queensland. We believe in making high quality work that is easily accessible to audiences. For our children’s shows, we pride ourselves on our hidden-vegetable art making skills that ensure ethical stories, told through excellent music, are wrapped up in joy and laughter.

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Unique Selling Point

If you enjoyed the extraordinary music, humour and charm of The Owl and the Pussycat, this new work brings the team together again to deliver another musical adventure for our youngest audiences.

It’s a cross-generational tale for grandparents and parents to share with children It’s a page-to-stage work with a difference It features live musicians, as part of the action It features internationally-renowned Classical guitarist Karin Schaupp in a theatrical role Bryan Probets and Christine Johnston are Australian favourites in young audiences’ work It focuses on important themes of cooperation, perseverance, positivity and respect *The creative team is largely female

Marketing Materials

The Producer will be providing a new marketing pack format from 2020 for all productions. This will include collateral for multi-channel use and represents a full marketing strategy. This includes full media kit, social media materials, print templates, gifs, MRECs, video content, images and public relations materials. There will be customisable content, content creation assistance for presenters and a suggested schedule for implementation.

Community Engagement

The Producer is enthusiastic to engage in discussion with each potential Presenter to find ways to meaningfully engage with distinct audiences and find layered connections with each community.

There is a desire to tailor-make activities and opportunities to maximise relationships outside of traditional spheres.