Are We There Yet?
A play by Finegan Kruckemeyer. Based on the book by Alison Lester.
Enhance your Are We There Yet? theatre experience with tickets to our exclusive online author talk with Alison Lester and drama workshops. Don’t forget to purchase some show related merchandise before or after the show! Click here to find out more and plan your day out to the theatre now.
Join Grace and her family on their adventurous and sometimes funny expedition around Australia!
The team behind the successful national tour of Magic Beach return with a new adaptation of another multi award-winning classic picture book from Alison Lester AM.
Featuring songs, fun and quokkas, Are We There Yet? is a celebration of family, love and the diversity of our beautiful country.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
General Public: Suitable for ages 3 – 10 and their families.
School Holiday Groups: Suitable for Vacation Care, Preschool, Childcare, OOSH and Home School Groups (Early Stage 1 – Stage 2) and their supervisors. Please scroll down for school holiday groups booking information and resources.
Duration: 55 minutes (No interval plus 15-minute Q&A following the second performance daily).
Please Note: Infants aged under two do not require a ticket to attend performances at The Joan provided they can sit on a parent’s lap.
Tuesday 18 April at 12:30pm & 6pm
Wednesday 19 April at 10am & 12:30pm
The performances on Tuesday 18 April at 12:30pm and Wednesday 19 April at 10am will be relaxed performances. A visual story will be available to download here, closer to the performance season to accompany these performances. Please scroll down to the ‘Accessible Performances’ section below for further information.
Home School Groups
(1 free supervisor per 10 children)
This production has one or more Relaxed Performances available.
A Visual Story is available to download to accompany the Relaxed Performance of this production.
Our theatres are all equipped with space for wheelchairs with strong sight lines and easy access.
More Are We There Yet? Events
School Holiday Groups Bookings and Resources
This production is based on the book Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester, which features on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Booklist. Click here to find out more.
When: Autumn School Holidays (Tuesday 18 April – Wednesday 19 April 2023). Relaxed Performances available – Please scroll down to the ‘Accessible Performances’ section below, for full details.
Age Suitability: Are We There Yet? is recommended for vacation care, preschool, childcare, OOSH and home school groups (Early Stage 1 – Stage 2) and their supervisors/teachers.
Duration: This production runs for 55 minutes (No interval).
Free Additional Extras and Resources
Curriculum Links: Stay Tuned – This will be available to download from here closer to the production season in early 2023!
Q&A Sessions: The performances on Tuesday 18 April at 6pm and Wednesday 19 April at 12:30pm by a 15-minute Q&A.
Free Workshop: Groups who purchase tickets to see Are We There Yet? will receive an exclusive opportunity to participate in a free, interactive digital workshop following the performance season. Stay tuned – Full details will be communicated by email closer to the date!
Teachers Resource Kit: Stay Tuned – This will be available to download from here closer to the production season in early 2023!
Online Platform: For additional resources including online media resources, please visit CDP’s Education Website here. It is free for all registered teachers and home school teachers to sign up and access the materials!
Plan Your Excursion
Click here for information about our venue and getting here.
Click here to download The Joan’s 2023 Risk Assessment.
A Handy Guide to Attending the Theatre
Click here to download our guide with handy tips to discuss with your group prior to attending an excursion at the theatre.
To book this production for your vacation care, preschool, childcare, OOSH or home school group, please fill out the booking form below.
The performances on Tuesday 18 April at 12:30pm and Wednesday 19 April at 10am will be relaxed performances.
A visual story will be available to download here closer to the performance season to accompany the relaxed performances.
What is a Relaxed Performance?
Relaxed performances are designed to reduce anxiety and create a supportive atmosphere for patrons with autism spectrum conditions, intellectual impairment, learning disability and other sensory and communication needs. There is a relaxed attitude to theatre etiquette, such as noise and movement among the audience.
Modifications will differ depending on the event, but can include:
- The doors to the theatre being left open to allow audience members to enter and exit as needed; and
- Noise and movement and light and sound effects being toned down or removed.
What is a Visual Story?
Using both words and pictures, a visual story (also known as a social story) introduces children to what they can expect during their visit to the theatre. They briefly tell the story of your journey from the start to the end of the event in a factual way, offering positive options to help with fears and triggers such as loud noises.
Meet the Creatives
Director Liesel Badorrek
Playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer
Designer Meg Wilson
Lighting Designer Benjamin Brockman
Sound Designer Gail Priest
Company Stage Manager Jesse Hilford
Deputy Stage Manager Emily Phillips
Meet the Cast
Billy Samuel Welsh
Grace Annie Stafford
Luke Patrick Connolly
The Prices and How to Save
Don’t miss out on our Early Bird Discount of 10% if you buy before 1 January 2023.
See more and save! In 2023, we are offering a pick-and-mix package discount of between 10 and 20% depending on how many shows you select.
- 3 shows – 10% off all tickets
- 5 shows – 15% of all tickets
- 8 shows and more – 20% of all tickets