Artist Profile
Ode to Nonsense
Ode to Nonsense


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Slingsby is an Adelaide-based theatre company producing original, emotionally complex works for school and family audiences. Its work is sought worldwide with a recent sold-out season on 42nd Street, New York. Slingsby’s stories are told through images and music, as much as they are through words. Their work acknowledges the sunshine and shadows of human experience and ultimately reminds the adult in all of us, of the potential joy, infinite possibility and wonder of the universe.

Slingsby is proudly based in Adelaide, South Australia and is led by Andy Packer (Artistic Director) and Jodi Glass (Executive Producer). The company’s productions are conceived by Andy and developed in collaboration with Artistic Associates Quincy Grant (composer) and Geoff Cobham (designer) alongside teams of artists from a range of artistic disciplines.

Ode to Nonsense
Commissioned by Slingsby, Ode to Nonsense celebrates the transformative power creativity can play in our lives and is inspired by the life and work of Edward Lear; father of Nonsense literature, traveler, painter and author of The Owl & The Pussy-cat. Stepping into the theatre for Ode To Nonsense, audiences will be transported to the lavish and magical strangeness of a carnival of the Victorian era complete with mystical tents, circus performers and a children’s chorus mingling with the audience. From this enchanting beginning, the production will follow the adventures of Edward as he moves back and forth from the beauty of the natural world to the golden wonder of his imagination.

2012 Awards
Sydney Theatre Awards: Finalist, Best Performance for Children

2010 Awards
Business SA Export Award: Arts and Entertainment category - Slingsby for international touring and exporting activities in 2009-10.
National Export Awards: Finalist, Arts and Entertainment category
Ruby Award (South Australia's Arts and Cultural Awards, presented by Arts SA): Best Work - Man Covets Bird
Curtain Call Award (presented by Adelaide Theatre Guide): Best Show (Comedy) - Man Covets Bird
Curtain Call Award (presented by The Sunday Mail newspaper): Best Technical (Production Design) - Geoff Cobham & Wendy Todd for Man Covets Bird
Sunday Best Award: Adelaide Festival show - Man Covets Bird
Children's Choice Award (Children's Choice Awards, an initiative of the 2010 Perth International Arts Festival, with awards determined by a Children’s Jury): Most Emotional, Best Kiddish Show and Most Awkwardest Voice: The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy

2009 Awards
The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy - Ruby Award for Leadership in Arts Enterprise: 2009 World Tour; AWGIE for Children's Theatre: Finegan Kruckemeyer
Wolf: The Advertiser's Best Shows

For further information please contact Artistic Director, Andy Packer or Executive Producer, Jodi Glass.

Contact Details

Phone: +61 8 8231 3007