Imagine by Alison Lester

Producer: Nicholas Clark Management NCM
Writer: Jolyon James
Directed By: Jolyon James

A magical live stage adaptation of Alison Lester’s international best selling children's book Imagine.


A magical live stage adaptation of Alison Lester’s international best selling children’s book Imagine. 

The Helpmann award winning team from Robot Song led by Jolyon James have translated Lester’s iconic book into a live interactive musical performance for children. Cutting-edge digital puppetry allows the illustrations to travel seamlessly between real & animated worlds and respond in real time to the audience.

Imagine has been a certified bestseller since its 1989 publication. Lester’s body of work is instantly recognisable with a reach that is both geographic & intergenerational. Imagine presents universal themes around creativity and the natural environment relevant to both regional & metropolitan audiences and is a powerful reminder about connection, creativity and play.

Performers play and sing through the pages, building the scenes from items around the stage. These are then magically animated onto the screens behind them supported by a stunning original musical score.


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Technical Information

Touring Party: 6
Bump-in Time: 6 hrs
Bump-out Time: 3 hrs
Interval: No


  • Will be similar to Robot Song.


  • Will be similar to Robot Song.


  • Three screens as the set. Two oversize mobile phones ( Large TV screen size) that travel with the company and third screen (flexible size).
  • 8 m by 8 m preference but can be flexible.

Transport Notes

  • Van for the show materials and set and 8-seater for touring team.

Audience & Marketing Notes

Alison Lester Book readers- Popular author
Primary Schools- age appropriate
Multi-generational families as genuine family show
Theatre lovers- great music, innovative digital puppetry and animation

Selling Points

  • Alison Lester is a well known and celebrated Australian author of works for young people and families. Imagine, Magic Beach, Are we There yet?
  • After the Helpmann success of Robot Song, Imagine is the new work by the same creative team led by Jolyon James and featuring Nate Gilkes, Ashlea Pyke and Phil McInnes.
  • The production is a unique and rich Australian story
  • Uses relevant and recognisable cutting edge Technology as part of the production and storytelling
  • Features original music and an original score.
  • Interactive digital puppetry with further advancements from elements used in Robot Song
  • Multi-generational appeal. Genuine family theatre experience
  • Accessibility built in directly into the delivery of the work
  • Strong environmental themes
  • Education Notes in development to support the delivery

Community Engagement

  • Digital workshops




Venue Format

Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Hall, Flexible


60 Minutes

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Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Royalties: 12-14%
Apra Obligations: N/A


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