The Riddle of Washpool Gully
David Morton, Produced by Terrapin Puppet Theatre in association with Dead Puppet Society
7-12 yrs

Curriculum for Excellence Resources

This powerful story, full of tension and excitement, explores what lies beneath the surface and its themes of fear of others, land use and family relationships relates well to Social Studies and Literature.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

Social Studies

I can contribute to a discussion of the difference between my needs and wants and those of others around me.

SOC   1-16a

I can consider the advantages and disadvantages of a proposed land use development and discuss the impact this may have on the community.

SOC   2-08b


To show my understanding across different areas of learning, I can identify and consider the purpose and main ideas of a text.

LIT   1-16a


Class Stage
P3 – P7
Curriculum Links
Literacy and English
Social Studies
Traverse Theatre
Duration: 55 min
Seating: Theatre seating
Traverse Theatre
Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
  • Monday 25 May 13:45
  • Monday 25 May 19:45
  • Tuesday 26 May 10:00
  • Tuesday 26 May 13:30
  • Wednesday 27 May 10:00
  • Wednesday 27 May 13:30
  • Wednesday 27 May 19:00

Far beyond the outskirts of the big city, near a tiny town that nearly everyone forgot, lay a dry creek bed of no special significance. Once upon a time it was called Washpool Gully. But the world had moved on from insignificant things, and no one had time for dry creek beds. Except in Washpool Gully something was stirring. Shaken by the rumble of engines and the darkening of the sky, something long asleep had decided to wake up.

Combining old-fashioned storytelling with contemporary puppetry and miniature sets, The Riddle of Washpool Gully is a reimagined tale of Australian mythology about incredible creatures that might still live in the uncharted corners of a vast country.

"Vividly imagined and meticulously realised with beauty, wit and immense heart."  The Mercury

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