Melbourne Festival and MPavilion present

Reading The Rabbits

Reading of John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s compelling picture book.


John Sheedy

John is a multi-award winning Australian Director whose work has been staged extensively throughout Australia. In August 2010 John became the Artistic Director at Barking Gecko Theatre Company, delivering his final season for the company in 2015. Throughout his career, John has directed productions for Belvoir Street, Bell Shakespeare, Parramatta Riverside, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin and Opera Australia.  John’s work has been recognized with multiple nominations for Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards.

In 2015, John’s swan-song for Barking Gecko, in conjunction with Opera Australia, is The Rabbits adapted from the novel by John Marsden and Shaun Tan, premiering at the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival. The Rabbits was the winner of 4 awards in the 2015 Helpmann Awards – Best Presentation for Children, Best Original Score, best Costume Design and Best New Australian Work.