Next date: Saturday, 14 September 2024 | 10:30 AM to 11:25 AM


Showcasing exquisite puppetry, an enigmatic host, audience interaction and a world of rare and exotic animals, ARC is a profound experience that embraces the natural world and the creatures that cohabit this place we call Earth.

ARC presents intimate, magical encounters with rare and vulnerable species, raising important questions about our collective and individual relationship with nature and loss.

Renowned as innovators of physical and visual theatre, for the past three decades Erth’s body of work has explored the depths of the past. With ARC, they look unblinkingly to the future, as this menagerie of animals transforms the stage before your very eyes.

"If you get the opportunity to experience any of Erth’s work – go! ARC is a quality offering from one of Australia’s most exciting companies." – Theatre Travels



Erth is a company fuelled by beautiful accidents; a team of creators, makers and performers pushing the limits of design, content and experience.

Erth’s puppetry-based theatrical productions and innovative community projects have challenged and inspired audiences for more than thirty years, driven by a special interest in natural history, First Nations stories and urban mythology. With a prime focus on environmental sustainability, conservation and social justice, the company’s core motivation is the creation of emotionally impactful artistic work. By connecting with audiences young and old, Erth educates, inspires, motivates and empowers people to make an impact in the world through their own actions.

Today the company is recognised internationally as an innovator of physical and visual theatre, and a creator of brave, unbridled work for children.


The genesis of ARC came about from a creative visioning residency with Healesville Sanctuary in 2016 supported by Zoos Victoria. During my visit I was lucky enough to be taken to where they were breeding Leadbeater’s Possums to increase their number, at a time when their population had been reduced to one small colony of around 30 individuals - the only Leadbeater’s Possums remaining in the world. 

A small furry bundle was placed in my hands, and like lightning it struck me: this moment was charged with empathy and awe. Right then I knew that if everybody could experience this delicate action of holding one of these beautiful creatures in their hands, an intangible connection between two species would be made and their continued protection would continue. Not from guilt from the wrongs we have done, but from love and compassion.

- Scott Wright, Artistic Director, Erth Visual & Physical Inc

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We regret to advise that there are no refunds or exchanges as per the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice. Should any performance be postponed due to intervening circumstances, you will have the option to transfer your ticket to the rescheduled performance or receive a full refund. Likewise, should any performance be cancelled due to intervening circumstances a full refund will be issued.

The Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice can be found here.


  • Saturday, 14 September 2024 | 10:30 AM - 11:25 AM
  • Saturday, 14 September 2024 | 01:00 PM - 01:55 PM

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