The Lost Thing

By Ben Wright
Directed and choreographed by Ben Wright and with musical direction by Jules Maxwell, this is a magical reimagining of Shaun Tan’s beautifully illustrated book about a boy who helps a lost thing find its way home.

What is it… and where does it belong? The discovery of something mysterious and out of place is the starting point for this family work. In this enchanting collaboration between Candoco and The Royal Opera, a cast of disabled and non-disabled singers, dancers and musicians, come together to tell a story about how we are all connected.

The Lost Thing is sung in English with captioning.


Production details

Words and Music

Jules Maxwell

Based on the book by

Shaun Tan

Director and Choreographer

Ben Wright

Movement material for 'The Thing'

Performers of Candoco Dance Company

Music Director

Timothy Burke

Set and Video Designer

Will Holt


Douglas O'Connell

Costume Designer

Rike Zöllner

Lighting Designer

Zerlina Hughes


Jude Christian

Candoco Performers

Joel Brown, Laura Patay, Megan Armishaw, Toke Broni Strandby, Nicolas Vendage

A co-production and co-commission

With The Royal Opera

Generous philanthropic support from

The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation



Running Time

1 hour plus interval