Little Bird

06 Jun – 22 Jun, Her Majesty’s Theatre


Presented by State Theatre Company in association with Adelaide Festival Centre
By Nicki Bloom with songs and music by Cameron Goodall and Quentin Grant

Do you think a boy bird can sing a girl bird’s song?

A dark fairytale for grown-ups, a song cycle, a thrilling piece of solo performance, Little Bird is a gripping story of how people can transform many times over the course of a lifetime.

Commissioned by State Theatre Company and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Little Bird looks at the journey of young boy, Wren, from his parents’ isolated cottage all the way to the lights of the big city. Along the way a series of startling transformations occur, blurring the lines of identity, gender and reality as Wren searches for self, for love and for a place to belong. 

Little Bird has been created especially for Australian stage legend Paul Capsis by multi-award winning playwright Nicki Bloom (Tender, Land and Sea) and features songs by Cameron Goodall (The Audreys) and Quentin Grant (When The Rain Stops Falling) who collaborated on the Adelaide Cabaret Festival hit, You Me and the Bloody Sea. The production will be set in the fading Edwardian grandeur of Her Majesty’s Theatre and promises to be a rich and powerful theatrical experience. It's sure to be one of the highlights of the 2014 Adelaide Cabaret Festival program.

Drawing upon fable, mythology and song to create a compelling dramatic and musical journey, Little Bird will leave you transported, uplifted and with tears in your eyes.

This project has been supported by Arts SA’s New Commissions and Exhibitions Fund


Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes - no interval. 
This production contains light haze. 


Mon 2 June 6:00pm 
Please note that this Briefing will be held at Her Majesty's Theatre



Sat 14 June 2:00pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 1.00pm) 

Tues 17 June 6:30pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 5.30pm) 
Night With State (Q&A after the performance)

Wed 18 June 11:00am 

Wed 18 June 6:30pm 

Download the pre-show notes here.

Listen to the pre-show notes here.

Please click here for more information on the Access Program. 


Wed 18 June 11:00am
Please click here for more information about Keith's Matinee Club.



Fri 20 June 8:00pm
Please click here for more information on the Red Carpet program.




Geordie Brookman

Cameron Goodall & Quentin Grant

Set Designer & Lighting Designer
Geoff Cobham

Costume Designer
Ailsa Paterson

Musical Director
Quentin Grant

Larissa McGowan

Julian Meyrick 

Sound Designer
Jane Rossetto

Associate Lighting Designer
Chris Petridis


Paul Capsis 

Belinda Gehlert
Harley Gray
Jonathan Sickerdick
Dylan Woolcock

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“It’s hard to imagine an actor or singer embodying not just one, but multiple roles, more powerfully than Capsis does here.” – InDaily

"[Paul Capsis] fills Her Majesty’s Theatre with his magnetism as he struts across the stage...Bloom’s story has echoes of central European fairytales: the forest, the winter, the once-upon-a-time. This fairytale carries through to Geoff Cobham’s pop-up book set where mesh trees grow from the ground and a house of stained glass briefly appear from the pit, before growing larger upstage."  The Guardian

"Paul Capsis is magical as Wren…He utterly owns the stage, and captivates with every utterance, spoken or sung, in a bravura display of storytelling."  The Advertiser

"Little Bird… marks another new and creative direction for State Theatre — and it is an undoubted festival highlight... Director Geordie Brookman has taken Bloom’s spare, crisply poetic text and, with an excellent creative team, produced a work that is pleasing to both eye and ear."  – The Australian

"His extravagance is part of his legend, but here it is Capsis’ restraint and precision, matching the lyric understatement of Bloom’s engaging, sometimes elusive text, that makes Little Bird the Faberge egg it is."  – The Australian

"With a virtuosic performance from Paul Capsis, Little Bird is a worthily adventurous meeting of the old and new." ArtsHub

"It’s hard to praise Paul Capsis highly enough for his performance in Little Bird. Headline act in the world’s biggest festival of its type, Little Bird was much hyped, and all the riskier for it, but it sure delivers the goods." – Blaze

"Lights up, and Paul Capsis & Co were accorded a well-deserved standing ovation at the opening night of this stunning production at Her Majesty’s Theatre"  Global Media Post

"Versatile performer Capsis delights as he moves gracefully across the stage, every emotion oozing from his body, his physicality a highlight." – Stage Whispers


Day With State Shows
Each show is followed by a Q&A session with the Director and the cast. Teachers who book students into a Day With State show will receive a detailed study guide. These provide in-depth information on themes, style, characters and set and includes assignment questions which are ideal for continued learning back at school.

Day With State shows for Little Bird will be on:

18 June 11:00am

To book please download the Education Program Booking Form here.

Download Study Guide here

Completed forms can be returned to:

State Theatre Company of South Australia 
PO Box 8252, Station Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000
or fax 8231 6310
or email Education