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Mr Stink

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“Mr Stink will make your day!”

- The Guardian on the book

Mr Stink

Arts Centre Melbourne presents a CDP Kids Production presents

Mr Stink

"Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…”

Hold onto your nose for this touching, twisted and very smelly adaptation of David Walliams’ award-winning children’s book, live on stage!

It all starts when Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Sure he smells a bit, but he’s the only person who’s ever been nice to her. So when Mr Stink needs a place to stay, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed.

Now Chloe's got to make sure no one finds out her secret. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye…or the nose…

“Comic genius…A joy for kids both big and small.”Edinburgh Evening News on the book

“Boisterous fun…” – The Daily Telegraph

“Enchanting” – About Last Week

Who knows what your nose knows?
Join Major Odour and Sergeant Stink, senior members of the S.M.E.L.L. Police,
as they help guide you through the world’s biggest SMELLATHON to find the answer. 
Follow your nose before and after Mr Stink to the Smorgon Family Plaza.


David Walliams – Book Author
David Walliams is an actor and writer best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi-award-winning television sketch show Little Britain. He has now taken the children’s literary world by storm. He is the biggest selling UK children’s author to debut this century – his books have been translated into forty languages and have sold over four million copies in the UK alone, which means that he ranks alongside JK Rowling as one of Britain’s leading children’s authors, and he has developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl. 

Maryam Master – Playwright
Maryam Master has almost 20 years’ experience writing for young audiences. Her adaptation of David Walliams’ best-selling children’s novel, Mr Stink, premiered at the Sydney Opera House in April 2016. In 2014 she wrote the stage adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ book The Incredible Book Eating Boy, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House then went on to tour nationally and internationally. Maryam has also written Lah Lah’s Big Live Band, which debuted to sold-out audiences at the Opera House Concert Hall, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and Jingle Bell Jazz (SOH Babies Proms), and Staging Stories, an interactive workshop for Sydney Opera House’s digital learning program. She is currently working on bringing Leigh Hobbs’ beloved character Horrible Harriet to the stage.

Jonathan Biggins – Director
Jonathan Biggins won the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his production of Avenue Q. Other credits include Noises Off and The Republic of Myopia for Sydney Theatre Company, Flatfoot for Ensemble Theatre, Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera Australia and Opera South Australia, Pete the Sheep for Monkey Baa, which earned a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Presentation for Children, for Sydney Theatre Company’s Actor on a Box series The Tale Maker and The Luck Child, which won the 2012 Sydney Critics Award for Best Children's Theatre Work, and also a touring production of Australia Day for Hit Productions.

Creative credits

A play by Maryam Master
Based on the book by David Walliams
Directed by Jonathan Biggins
Set Design: James Browne
Costume Design: Lucy Scott
Sound Design: Daryl Wallis
Lighting Design: Nicholas Higgins
Choreographer/Puppetry: Shondelle Pratt


1 – 9 April 2017 

Saturday 1 April
10am, 12pm, 3:30pm

Sunday 2 April, 11am & 2pm
Monday 3 April, 11am & 2pm
Wednesday 5 April, 11am & 2pm
Thursday 6 April, 11am & 2pm
Friday 7 April, 11am & 2pm

Saturday 8 April
10am, 12pm, 3:30pm

Sunday 9 April, 11am & 2pm

Auslan interpreted performance 
Saturday 1 April, 12pm

Access-friendly performance 
Wednesday 5 April, 11am 




Price range

$26 - $42

Ticket Delivery

A delivery fee may apply depending on your chosen delivery method:
Venue Collection or Regular Mail: FREE
Registered or Express Post: $5.50 per order

Service Charge

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All prices include GST.

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Recommended for ages 6-12

WheelchairAssistive Hearing

auslanAuslan Interpreted Performance
1 April, 12pm
Auslan interpreted performances are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the actors are saying or singing into Auslan signing the text and dialogue live.

AccessAccess Friendly performance
5 April, 11am
In an access-friendly performance the doors to the theatre will remain open, the house lights will be up throughout the performance and staff will be available to offer assistance. There will be a chill out zone available in the foyer.

For a copy of the Mr Stink Visual Story, please click here.

The Access Friendly performance has been made possible with thanks to the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Charitable Trust.