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Kids in the Clarence (and adults) are in for a magical treat these school holidays. Clarence Valley libraries are bringing the award winning theatre production of Urza and The Song in the Dark to Maclean and Grafton and tickets are FREE!

Urza and The Song in the Dark, performed by Matriark Theatre, is a brand-new children’s story set in a subterranean wonderland of complex caves, underground lakes and fantastical creatures.


In the show, a mysterious song leads a young girl named Urza on an adventure in the depths of the earth. Along the way she befriends a lost explorer, gets pursued by a mysterious, dark force and finds herself caught up in a primeval story of mythic proportions.

The story is brought to life through a combination of shadow puppetry, live music and physical theatre and has been designed for non-traditional performance spaces like libraries and halls.

“Tender and whimsical, offbeat and a little bit scary, this is an award-winning show that appeals to young and old,” Regional Librarian Kathryn Breward said.  “This show is perfect for children ages 7+ but will appeal to anyone with a wild imagination. Adults will love it too.”

The performance in Maclean is set to be extra special. Matriark Theatre performer Kathryn Roberts Parker grew up in Maclean and is excited to be bringing this show home.

“I got my start being taught by Gwen Berman, Sister Anne Gallagher and Connie de Dassel in Maclean,” Ms Roberts Parker said.

“I remember my first time playing violin for a local musical theatre production of Oliver Twist at the Maclean Civic Hall. It feels surreal and really exciting to be returning and performing in that same hall all these years later and I hope that young performers like myself can be inspired.” – Kathryn Roberts Parker

Don’t miss out. Book your free tickets to Urza and The Song in the Dark now. Group bookings are also available. Contact your library for more information.

Show times:

Grafton Library
July 7
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Maclean Civic Hall
July 7
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For more information or to interview Matriark Theatre performers please contact Jane Kreis on [email protected] or 6641 0121.

This project is supported by the NSW state government through Create NSW.