PHIVE and Riverside Theatres presents

Man dressed as beetle up a tree with young girl


By Legs on the Wall and proudly part of the Spot On Children’s Festival. 
Saturday 23 September – 1 October 2023


Beetle - Even the smallest voices matter

Join the adventures of Sally and her backyard friend as they set out in search of the now elusive Christmas Beetle. Encounter larger than life beetles, stick insects and other critters in this charming and uniquely Australian Show. 
Beetle is brought to life through acrobatic-style storytelling, and animations created from original artworks by beloved children’s author and illustrator Freya Blackwood. 
It’s a tale of resilience and hope, our connection to the natural world, and a reminder that even the smallest voices matter.

On at PHIVE, 5 Parramatta Square.  

Performance Times

Saturday, 23rd September 11:00 am 2:00 pm
Sunday, 24th September 11:00 am 2:00 pm
Wednesday, 27th September 11:00 am  
Thursday, 28th September 11:00 am  
Friday, 29th September 11:00 am  
Saturday, 30th September 11:00 am 2:00 pm
Sunday, 1st October 11:00 am  

Duration: Approx. 41 minutes
Recommended ages 5 -12


From $27.50pp Bookings essential



Spot On Children's Festival

Across the spring school holidays Riverside Theatres is excited to present a program full of magic and wonder. Running from 26 September - 4 October this program has something for children of all ages, view the full program here


Beetle is produced by Legs On The Wall who have been sharing contemporary stories through spectacularly daring public art for some 40 years. Conscious of their trailblazing legacy and led by Artistic Director Joshua Thomson and Associate Artist Vicki Van Hout, Legs remains a forward-facing company propelled by their mission: to make meaning in a rapidly changing world through transformative physical theatre.

Legs' performances incorporate dance, the enchantment of circus and the expression of theatre. Routinely reimagining what's possible in the conventional auditorium they are known for breaking through language barriers, bringing excitement, wonder, humour and gravitas to public spaces.

Concept by Joshua Thomson
Created and Directed by Kate Walder & Joshua Thomson
Illustrations by Freya Blackwood


  • Christy Tran, Lloyd Allison-Young and Olivia Hadley
  • with Vicki Van Hout as the voice of the tree
  • Video Design by Susie Henderson
  • Sound Design by Luke Smiles
  • Composition by Jessica Dunn
  • Lighting Design by Gareth Simmonds
  • Costumes designed and created by Melanie Gillbank
  • Scenic Art by ERTH incorporating recycled set pieces from prior Legs productions
  • Production Manager - Gareth Simmonds
  • Stage Manager - Daniel Story

For Legs On The Wall:

  • Project Coordinator - Stephanie Tatzenko
  • Operations Manager - Byron Cleasby
  • Producer - Lauren Eisinger
  • General Manager - James Beach

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