Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

ACO Families: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

See the beloved book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas brought to life in this heartfelt stage adaptation featuring live music. Winner, Sydney Theatre Awards 2021

Winner: Best Production for Children, Sydney Theatre Awards 2021


★★★★ “It ignited what will hopefully become a lifelong appreciation of the performing arts for these young audiences.” – Limelight, 2021

“So grab something warm, something from long ago, something to make you cry and laugh because the time spent with Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge and the ACO will be as precious as gold.” 
 – Reviews by Judith, May 2021

★★★★ “Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge appeals to adults and children at several levels, emotional and intellectual. It teaches and entertains, drawing on themes of friendship and caring across generations.” 
 – Limelight, 2021


There once was a small boy called Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge and his house was next door to an old people’s home. He knew all the people who lived there, but his favourite person of all was Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. When Wilfrid finds out that Nancy has lost her memory he sets out to find out what a memory is…

This delightful production, based on the poignant picture book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas, adapted and directed by Sandra Eldridge, weaves together captivating storytelling with mesmerising music in an immersive and intimate performance. 

Featuring a new score by award-winning composer Paul Stanhope performed by a string quartet from the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is the perfect introduction to live classical music, guaranteed to enchant audiences both young and old.

Duration: 30-minute performance.

Audiences are invited to stay after the performance for a chance to meet the musicians and learn more about their instruments. Plus, enjoy free creative play activities in the foyer before and after the performance! 

Recommended for: children aged 3 - 10 and their families. (Children under 2-years are free on a parents lap).

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partirdge


Adapted & Directed: Sandra Eldridge
Music: Paul Stanhope
Production Design: Kelsey Lee

Joshua Reckless Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
Annie Byron Miss Nancy

 Download the printable activity sheet and test how well you know the characters with our matching activity, or try interviewing someone special in your life to learn more about their memories.

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