Simone French and Hamish Irvine in rehearsal this week. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Dreamers, thinkers, tinkerers and madmen… the Great Air Race has begun.

Rehearsals are under way in the Engine Room this week for Arena Theatre Company’s latest creation, Air Race.

Executive director Sharon Custers said the Arena Theatre Company has been busy developing this new work from its new home in the Capital Theatre.

“Inspired by the amazing true story of the 1919 Air Race from London to Australia, this brand-new adventure explores an extraordinary moment in history when flight was inspiring a whole new way of looking at the world,” she said.

“From crash landings to disappearing planes, their stories range from harebrained and hilarious to deeply moving and sometimes tragic.”

Written by Dan Giovannoni, directed by Arena Artistic Director Christian Leavesley and starring some of Australia’s brightest talent, the world premiere of Air Race will be held at the Capital Theatre.

Air Race runs for five shows from November 29 to December 1 and is created for young audiences aged 10+ and their families.

Tickets are available at