These school holidays, enter an extraordinary new world at QPAC with The Arrival, based on the much-loved novel by Shaun Tan.

See giant ships fly through the air and foreign tongues thrive in this strange and wondrous place. Curious puppetry and physical theatre combine with breathtaking sets, whimsical props and a remarkable soundscape to tell the touching story.

In The Arrival, a man flees his homeland and journeys across vast seas to arrive in a brand new place. There he negotiates dazzling architecture, bizarre foods and foreign tongues to build a new life. On his travels, the man meets fellow strangers, each with their own tales to tell.

This moving production will touch anyone who has ever had to start anew or bid farewell to a loved one.

“The Arrival is world class; one of the best examples of its kind you’ll ever see.” Janet McAllister, NZ Herald

*The Festival does not run on Friday 29 June 2018



    Recommended for 6 years of age and older. Children 2 years and over will require a paid ticket.

  • Connecting safely at QPAC

    QPAC is operating at 100% capacity. Face masks are a requirement of entry at QPAC and must be worn in foyers and theatres (including during performances). Please bring your own mask with you to the theatre. Find out more

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Presented by QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival
A Red Leap Production in association with Out of the Box
An adaptation of the graphic novel by Shaun Tan

Pricing Guide


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