Velveteen Rabbit

Producer: Born in a Taxi
Writer: Devised and written by Penny Baron, Carolyn Hannah, and Fiona Roake. Inspired by Margaret Williams's book The Velveteen Rabbit.
Directed By: Co Directed by Penny Baron, Carolyn Hanna, Lily Fish

An unpredictable adventure about a toy rabbit who becomes real. An interactive, inventive and poetic interpretation of a timeless classic.


Born in a Taxi brings new relevance to the much loved children\’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams. A new work for young people 5-8 yrs and their adults. A highly interactive, multilayered work challenging theatrical norms whilst honouring the emotionally rich themes of the book.

The toys are in charge! Children bring their favourite toy to the show or borrow one from the toy box. A show run by toys, who are making a movie where the audience discovers their toys( and their child) are the Extras on a film shoot of Velveteen Rabbit. An unpredictable adventure unfolds about a toy rabbit who becomes real… but how did it happen?  Was it being loved and loving that made it real? Or was it the pains of growth and change that transformed them?

In a world of clowns, the Rabbit\’s truth is felt through song, poetry, and narration, lighting a pathway through the crafted chaos.

Velveteen Rabbit infuses dynamic audience participation, skilled clowning, live feed video and projections to reflect the unique perspective of the child.

A ridiculous, playful and poetic exploration of this timeless story.

The Velveteen Rabbit was commissioned by Monash University Performing Arts Centres with support from Creative Victoria.
Bookings through Darcy Van Dillon, Nic Clarke Management | Ph: 0499 101 401

Touring Dates:

Short Reviews

The structure is a bit of a paradox….. some bits of the show are scripted while others are improvised. In the end, the improvised parts have the most effect. This is because they are natural, untouched and raw examples of a child’s voice and power. It is truly what this show is about and must hold dearly: the power of the child’s voice, and the uprising it signals.
Gully Thompson Witness Performance Children of the Evolution
Very physical theatre, and expertly timed slapstick (composer Michael Havir’s sound design and perfectly timed operation adds to its wacky feel), there is also lots of audience interaction. The show played with the audience in the light, with the scary bits not being too scary, this well-paced highly interactive show kept tiny tots to preteens highly engaged throughout, with plenty to give the adults a chuckle too……. Funny, entertaining, and educational, The Whale’s Tale was worth the wait. A little cracker of a show.
Kimberley Shaw Stage Whispers The Whale’s Tale
Hey, I took my 5 year old daughter to The Whales Tale the other week at the Lawn Stage. I just wanted to tell you it was the most fantastic performance I have seen in a very long time. We all absolutely loved it. My daughter even said she had tears in her eyes, it moved her so much, and she is only 5!! Well done, bravo, thank you very much. I was recommending it to everyone who would listen. Really, really brilliant. The moral message really hit home also, again, thank you.
Audience Respense Michelle Kemp


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Technical Information

Touring Party: 5
Bump-in Time: TBC 8 hrs (including tech run with venue crew) hrs
Bump-out Time: 2-3 hours hrs
Interval: No


  • Standard Rep Plot Full stage wash
  • Use of Rovers and Deck units
  • Limited Focused Special (TBC)


  • Projector x 1 ( rear) May require front projection as well TBC
  • Cable and space for a Projector to setup Upstage for rear projection (space TBC)
  • Live Camera Feed (Onstage operator ) Discuss


  • List microphones, effects, mixing desk and inputs
  • Company Travels with a QLab computer / show file
  • Mixer with a minimum of 4 channels
  • 2 two-channel amplifiers
  • Speakers of sufficient quality to fill the Hall
  • Backstage monitors
  • 3+1 wireless headsets Microphones (1 Spare)
  • On stage will have a live Musician
  • Headset communications between stage manager’s position and running crew


  • Lightweight scrim Company brings in (8m width x 5m height)
  • Dollhouse on a trolley stage right
  • Community of toys/bookshelf pile stage left

Crew Notes

For load-in and load-out.

  • Crew numbers (TBC)

For rehearsal and performance

  • 1 Electrician (Board Opt)
  • 1 Sound / AV Tech (Board Opt)

Audience & Marketing Notes

– Young people 5-8 yrs and their adults, (parents, grandparents, carers etc).
– Families who want an accessible way to introduce their children to live theatre
– Lovers of classic literature and contemporary performance
– Big kids at heart who loved The Velveteen Rabbit growing up and want to share it with their children, nephews, nieces etc…
– Early primary students who have had years of interruptions to their schooling and social calendars due to COVID-19 and their teachers

Selling Points

  • Schools: As a classic well loved book with a unique twist with themes relevant to todays children. We encourage schools to read the book prior to the show. The show will have an accompanying teacher resource kit that explores the themes of the book (love, loss, identity, isolation, becoming) along with some themes we have introduced (being yourself in a group).
  • Local Library’s: Connecting to local libraries by featuring The Velveteen Rabbit at story time in the lead up and accompanying activities ie drawing, display books that reference toys such as Winnie the Pooh, Corduroy, Pinocchio etc…
  • Interactive show where audience bring their favourite toy: Audience are part of the show and strongly encouraged to bring their own favourite toy to watch the show with. The show is run by toys who are making a movie and the audience and their toys are the ‘extras’. Children and their toys are enlisted throughout the show to play different roles in the metanarrative of the toys making a film, encouraging them to take ownership of the experience.

Community Engagement

  • Taxi could offer skills sharing workshops for emerging artists or children in physical theatre and improvisation.





0402 087 449



Venue Format

Proscenium Arch, Black Box/Studio space


45 mins TBC Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



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%
Apra Obligations: All songs are original, apart from Pre show and Post show

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