A Salvador Dinosaur & Critical Stages production
Created and Performed by Daniel Tobias
Composed by Daniel Tobias and Clare Bartholomew with John Thorn, Casey Bennetto and Jherek Bischoff
Directed by Christian Leavesley
Lighting Design by Lisa Mibus
Script Consultant David Quirk

One-man comedy with songs

A comedy about an atheist surviving cancer by finding God in Lance Armstrong – with songs!

Reflecting on Daniel’s real life (and almost death) experiences, The Orchid and the Crow is a solo performance, part-storytelling and part-theatre, that features original songs from the award-winning writers of Otto & Astrid (Die Roten Punkte).

WINNER Best Writing Cabaret – 2016 Green Room Awards
WINNER Outstanding Individual Performance – Ottawa Fringe 2015
WINNER Outstanding Individual Performance – London Free Press 2015

Available to Tour



Cabaret, Comedy, Drama


Upper secondary students, adults


70mins (no interval)

Minimum Stage

4m x 4m

Technical Specifications

What people are saying

Big beautiful, ugly, crazy life-changing moments. They mostly arrive without warning, uprooting the peace, order and logic of our everyday lives.  The Orchid and the Crow is a show about such a life event. In sharing it with us, artist Daniel Tobias shows us quite a lot about how to handle such a moment with strength, creativity and a lot of good humour.

I loved this show when I first saw it, because it’s so hard to pin a label to it. It’s a story about family, faith and survival, it feels a bit like a cabaret, or a pocket-sized musical drawn from many genres – but in the end, it all makes perfect sense because it’s very personal and loving.  I hope that you enjoy this little gem of a production, and that you’ll remember and draw on its generosity when you find yourself having one of those ‘moments’. Lyn Wallis, Hothouse Theatre

What people are saying

Daniel Tobias has condensed his entire life into a smart and scintillating 75-minute variety show…wise, generous, and blackly funny …If we gave stars – this would have a fistful. The Australian

★★★★ Turns divine vengeance into comedy gold. Sydney Morning Herald

Tobias is an intelligent, dynamic and honest performer who is highly entertaining to watch. This show will renew your faith in love, life, and possibly even Lance Armstrong. CBC Canada


The Orchid and the Crow reflects on the real-life experiences of Daniel Tobias, in particular dealing with his cancer experience. In the past, Daniel has answered numerous questions relating to this theme, even including cancer experts in his Q&A to help answer these questions.

Over the course of the tour, this space will be expanded to include community resources relating to this theme.

Orchid and the Crow Student Resource Kit for Stage 6 Drama 

Why Audiences are Loving the Orchid and the Crow
Behind the Scenes with The Orchid and the Crow Part II
Behind the Scenes with The Orchid and the Crow Part I

(A small selection of articles and sites about Testicular Cancer health and well-being, and how to talk about it)

Symptoms of Testicular Cancer (Betterhealth VIC)
Check Your Tackle
When Cancer Strikes, How to Be a Friend (Article by Dr Ranjana Srivastava)
Five Ways to Talk about Testicular Health, From a Testicular Cancer Survivor (Article by Justin Birckbichler)
Stephen’s Story a Timely Reminder for NT Blokes (NT News)
Raising Testicular Cancer Awareness (U.S.A)
The Importance of April: Testicular Cancer Awareness Month (Article by Justin Birckbichler)