Reef UP!

Reef UP! combines the latest scientific research with the magic of theatre to share the story of what is happening to our coral reefs, and what we can do to help.

Meet a sea-full of loveable characters (and villains): Manta and Ray, Slinky the shark, clown fish, Minkie whales, and a devious Crown of Thorns starfish called Priscilla!

Using dance, theatre, and some amazing costumes, audiences learn how all life on the reef is interrelated. If a single organism or species is affected or declines in number it can have a huge ripple effect both down and up the Great Barrier Reef’s food chain.

To a soundtrack of popular songs and original music, Reef UP! highlights the beauty and precarious nature of the reef ecosystems across the globe, and helps students explore the simple things that they can do to help preserve these breathtaking environments.

Australia is taking the lead in collaborative scientific and arts research, and this will be acclaimed choreographer Liz Lea’s third joint venture after the success of Flying Facts (a theatrical exploration of the history and science of flight) and Star Struck (a dance-based response to astronomy and the science of the Big Bang).

Developed with support from QL2 Dance Canberra and an impressive array of leading scientific collaborators: including three people recently featured on David Attenborough’s documentary about the Great Barrier Reef.


Learning Areas
The Arts
Humanities and Social Sciences
Health and Physical Education


General Capabilities
Personal and Social Capability
Ethical Understanding
Intercultural Understanding

Cross-Curriculum Priorities
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia

Key Themes
Environment, Ecology, Mental and Physical Health, Friendship, Social Connections

Accompanying Workshops

Cross Curriculum Collaboration

Inspired by  the performance visit this workshop provides professional development for generalist and non-arts specialist teachers. You will collaborate with a Flying Arts Artist to combine visual arts practice with a non-arts area of the curriculum, culminating in an artist-led workshop for your students.

Production Information

Duration: 1 hour including Q&A

Audience: Max 250 students per session

Presented by: QMF and Liz Lea Productions

Written/Devised by Liz Lea in association with scientists

Staging Requirements

  • An indoor venue guarantees a better performance
  • Minimum 6m wide x 6m deep x 3m high performance space
  • Access to a power outlet

More Information

Liz Lea is touring throughout Queensland in 2016 with the Youth Touring Program with her shows Flying Facts and Star Struck.

“disarmingly funny and delightfully elegant dance” – City News

“presents the unpredictable and delivers with skill and intelligence” – The Canberra Times

Flying Facts is a beautifully conceived and immaculately detailed dance work that constantly delights the eye, intrigues the mind and excites the imagination.” – City News Canberra

Recommended Grades
Prep – Year 10

Touring Areas
Term 4: C and D

Touring Region

Booking Information

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