The Rainbow Tree by Fat Fruit

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What happens when you invite seven children from Rainbow Families to create a show? You end up with a disco koala, a wildebeest, a farting unicorn and a fairy that can freeze tickle monsters all co-habiting in a very tall, yet tiny Rainbow Tree. This is what it’s like living in a Rainbow Family. Everyone is welcome and anything is possible.

The Rainbow Tree is musical storytelling with moving image. Written with children from Rainbows families, it shares personal and imagined stories around the idea of family, identity and community. Performed by two queer super Aunties, Aunty Bear and ZaZa from Fat Fruit (Bec Matthews and Sarah Ward) with singing and live music, played on instruments and objects you could find around the house.

The songs are brought to life through the projected visual images of Jolyon James (Arena Theatre Company) featuring animation, illustrations and the children themselves.

The stories of The Rainbow Tree were collected through Zoom meetings during the six month Melbourne lockdown. These children were isolated from their friends and extended families and had limited opportunity for adventures. This did not stop them imagining new worlds to explore. Worlds inhabited by animals and magical beings, where they could be super versions of themselves and dig up 4005 golden cupcakes. The Rainbow Tree is playful, imaginative and interactive. It’s filled with fun visual imagery, wonderful original songs, live music and stories written by seven children from Rainbow families.

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There will be two Auslan interpreted shows, brought to you by the extraordinary Kirri Dangerfield, who has translated the songs into Auslan.

Fat Fruit have a focus on making all shows as relaxed as possible. The Rainbow Tree will have a break out area, fidget toys, noise cancelling headphones and toys to cuddle and squish. 

Contains: Loud music, flashing lights. Note: Fat Fruit encourages full participation. Should audience members need to leave and return for whatever reason they are encouraged to do so.

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Image by Alexis Desaulniers



  • Saturday, 22 April 2023 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, 22 April 2023 | 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM


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