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Joe Twist

The Grumpiest Boy in the World

23–24 June 2023 Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Featuring a score from the composer behind the music in the hit TV show, Bluey.

Our hero, Zachary, questions his own ordinariness as he discovers an imaginary world of giants, hairy creatures and flying things in this eye-opening opera for children.


Featuring a score from Joseph Twist, known for his stellar musical direction on hit children’s TV show, Bluey, alongside Sidney Myer Fellowship librettist and much loved children’s author, Finegan Kruckemeyer, this opera will be an enriching tale for children and adults alike.


Victorian Opera is thrilled to welcome the return of this family friendly favourite in Season 2023.
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“This is a triumph. It is able to grasp the attention of children and adults alike – a remarkable feat indeed. ”
— Peter Hurley, Classic Melbourne
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Creatives & Cast

Creative Team

Composer Joe Twist
Librettist Finegan Kruckemeyer
Conductor Richard Mills
Director Elizabeth Hill-Cooper
Set Designer Louisa Fitzgerald
Costume Designer Jodi Hope
Lighting Designer Peter Darby


Zachary Daniel Szesiong Todd (時雄)  Josh Morton-Galea
Mum Saskia Mascitti
Dad Noah Straughan
Scientist 1 Chloe James
Scientist 2 Nicholas Beecher
Giant James Billson
Girl Breanna Stuart
Bird Lisette Bolton
Grump 1 Maria Woolford
Grump 2 Hartley Trusler
Squirrel Faced Monkey Amanda Hargreaves


Qiulian Axtens, Genevieve Droppert, Sophia Imperatore, Jesse Linke, Metehan Pektas, Mitchell Sanders, Cen Wei, Felicia Zangari, Isaac Burgess, Nicholas Christie, Declan Farr, Sunny Li.



Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

Presented in association with Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne and Victorian College of the Arts.

Generously supported by Jane Hemstritch AO.

Relaxed performance is supported by The Marian & E.H. Flack Trust and William Anglis Charitable Fund.

Ticket Information

Ticket Prices

Single Tickets ($39)

Price Type
One reserve
30 Years & Under
Child (up to 14yrs)
Family Offer (4+)
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2023 Concession include: Pension and Health Care Card holders, Full-time Students, and MEAA Members. Other Discount prices available: Senior, 30 Years and Under, and Child (12 years and under) for select performances. Companion Card ticketing available.

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Mob Tix ($20)

Price Type
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Mob Tix are available to members of the First Nations community.
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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.

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