Introducing Teddy

Introducing Teddy

Perfect for ages 5 – 8 years


A gentle story about gender, being true to yourself and being a good friend.

Midsumma is Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural organisation, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences.

About the concert

Introducing Teddy is a gentle story about gender, being true to yourself and being a good friend. Teddy knows in her heart that she is a girl, not a boy. Will her friends understand? Will they call her Tilly?

Set to the sounds of the clarinet, cello, and percussion instruments, and narrated by DANDROGYNY, this musical adaptation by Christine Pan brings Jessica Walton’s heart-warming picture book to life.

Young audience members should bring their favourite toy to the event where they will make a special outfit for them and introduce them in style at our special pre-show Teddy Bear’s Picnic. This is the perfect opportunity for young audiences to have their passion for music and storytelling ignited, and to celebrate all of the things that make us unique.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre, Orchestra Victoria and Midsumma Festival in arrangement with The Wheeler Centre.

COVID Safety

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Session Times

11am – 11.45am This performance will include Auslan interpretation.
1pm – 1.45pm
2.30pm – 3.15pm


Orchestra Victoria
Orchestra Victoria is a world-class opera and ballet orchestra. With a rich history performing with opera, dance and musical theatre companies, Orchestra Victoria is dynamic and versatile, with expertise in an incredible breadth of repertoire from contemporary to classical. The performance partner of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera, the company is committed to true collaboration, breathing life into performance on and off the stage and screen.

DANDROGYNY narrator, host
Daniel Newell aka DANDRODGYNY is a performance artist and educator whose work can be defined as creatively chaotic and cathartic. Having performed in over 20 countries, highlights include ABC’s You Can’t Ask That, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Museum, Dance Massive, Roola Boola Childrens Arts Fest, Arts House, Sydney Opera House, Bollywood Film, SWAY, Shelley Lasica, Deanne Butterworth, Joel Bray, Rafael Bonachela & Kylie Minogue.


This production is part of the following series: