Conceived, Designed and Directed by My Darling Patricia

My Darling Patricia’s immersive retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a unique theatrical journey for an audience of children and adults.

Inspired by former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes’s stories for children, the Piper is a bear – a dancer with a rebel soul – and the Mayor is a political leader with an identity crisis.

Yet, there is an even more unusual twist: one part of the audience is invited onto the stage and into the story. Fitted with wireless headphones, theirs is an intimate and participatory experience viewed by the seated audience. Brought to life by a combination of multimedia, puppetry and innovative stagecraft, The Piper sees My Darling Patricia focus their inspired storytelling on a younger audience.


Co-created by Clare Britton, Halcyon Macleod and Sam Routledge. 

Conceived by Sam Routledge. Directed and Written by Halcyon Macleod. Designed by Clare Britton. Video and Animations by Sam James. Sound Design and Music by Phil Downing. Lighting Design by Richard Manner. Dramaturgy by Janice Muller. The Bear Designed and Fabricated by Bryony Anderson. Production Management by Mark Mitchell. ASM and Puppetry Assistant by Rebecca Blake

Performer/Collaborators: Anthony Ahern, Ghenoa Gela, Clare Grant, Michelle Robin Anderson

Produced by Marguerite Pepper for My Darling Patricia

Principal Supporters

Australia Council, Arts NSW

Special Thanks

Carriageworks, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Country Arts SA (Varcoe's Foundry Residency Program), Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW, The University of Sydney – Department of Performance Studies, Shopfront, Arts Centre Melbourne, Malthouse Melbourne


The Bear. Photographs by Joshua Morris


The Piper at Sydney Festival. Photographs by Clare Britton