How The Koala Learnt To Hug

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Koalas are the cuddliest critters but just how did they learn to hug?

There’s only one way to find out, so join Karen the koala and her lovable outback friends for a tale that is guaranteed to fill you with all the wonder of the land down under.

Koala telling off tree
Koala attacking tree


Based on the book How The Koala Learnt To Hug and Other Australian Fairytales by Steven Lee, this charming, family musical has been written especially for grown ups to enjoy with their children.


“A perfect introduction to theatre for children, full of audience participation and feel-good factor.” ★★★★★
Sheffield Star

“Filled to overflowing with the feel-good factor. A pure, undiluted joy” ★★★★★
The Cornishman

“By turns funny, charming and off the wall. This family show is a great introduction to the theatre with just the right balance of sitting listening and taking part – and the children adored it.” ★★★★
Bristol Guide

How The Koala Learnt To Hug book

Treat yourself or a fan of the show to the original treasury which inspired the musicalHow the Koala Learnt To Hug and other Australian fairytales. Online reviews call it:

  • absolutely adorable
  • lovely and innocent
  • amazing
  • funny and charming and clever
  • enchanting.



How the Koala Learnt to Hug and the Elephant Bridesmaid double album cd inner

Stream, download or buy the album of music from How the Koala Learnt to Hug at Bandcamp or Apple Music or Spotify.

Discover (or relive) the original songs from both The Elephant Bridesmaid and How the Koala Learnt to Hug with a double album CD of songs! You’ll soon be singing along, with or without kids!

Koala attacking tree

How The Koala Learnt To Hug
1. The Bubble Song
2. The Beaver Song (Hands Up In The Air)
3. Where Is That Sound?
4. Alone
5. The Hugging Song

Elephant bridesmaidThe Elephant Bridesmaid
6. Pretty Dress
7. The Tidying Song
8. Wind Chime
9. I Want Your Loving
10. Make Some Noise
11. Pretty Dress Reprise

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Buy the digital album for £7

How the Koala Learnt to Hug and The Elephant Bridesmaid double album

To download the education pack, click the image.

How the Koala Learnt to Hug education pack