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Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO

Parrwang Lifts the Sky

Digital Access From 18 May 2024

Based on an original creation story from Wadawurrung Country.

Did you know that magpies created the first dawn?*

Victorian Opera is once again proud to present Parrwang Lifts The Sky as part of its family and education program.

A long time ago…

The sky was a blanket on the land. The earth was in darkness and the people were afraid. If not for the courage of Parrwang the magpie, determined to assist her newfound friends, this blanket may still be with us today.

Tjatjarrang (Big Sister) and Koki (Brother) are young, adventurous and tired of living in the dark. When they manage to climb to the highest branches of an ancient gum tree, they discover a world of colour and light and a friend in Parrwang (Magpie).

Parrwang decides to help her new friends lift the blanket of darkness from the young humans world. The plan is devised but Parrwang must first convince the Great Council of Birds led by Bunjil (Eagle). Will the council agree?

*Based on an original creation story from Wadawurrung Country.

Watch Parrwang Lifts the Sky online from the comfort of your own home by purchasing Digital Access, either as a Subscription package or as an individual performance.

  • Streamed live on the performance date and available on-demand for six months.
  • You can watch when you want and as many times as you want.
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Creatives & Cast

Creative Team

Composer and Librettist Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO
Conductor Aaron Wyatt
Director Elizabeth Hill-Cooper
Cultural Textile Design Dr Deanne Gilson Wadawurrung Elder
Cultural Scenic Design Billy-Jay O’Toole
Set & Costume Designer Mel Serjeant
Lighting Designer Peter Darby
Sound Designer Samuel Moxham



Featuring students from University of Melbourne


Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

Ticket Information

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Digital Access can be purchased as a subscription or individual performances. All Digital Access performances can be viewed live and on-demand for an extended period following the initial stream date as many times as you wish.

You only need to buy 1 Digital Access ticket per household, not a ticket for each person watching.

Digital Access ticket orders include a $1.50 (inc. GST) processing fee per order.

2023 Concession include: Pension and Health Care Card holders, Full-time Students, and MEAA Members. Other Discount prices available: Senior, 30 Years and Under.

Phone (03) 9001 6400 for assistance.

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COVID-19 Safety

The safety of our audience and team is paramount. Current COVID-safe procedures will be adhered to for every performance. Our venue partner has worked diligently to develop and update their COVIDSafe Plan as circumstances change.

If you or a member of your household is unwell or displaying COVID-19 symptoms before a performance, please stay home. To exchange or refund your tickets due to feeling unwell, simply contact us prior to the scheduled performance via or phone (03) 9001 6412 (Monday to Friday, 10 am – 5 pm).

Malthouse Theatre, Merlyn Theatre

113 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC 3006

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