Just as in the classic tale of the story, this USQ adaptation concentrates on the theme of self discovery, among others which are all important in the growth and development of children.
The most evident theme contained in the play is that of self discovery; at the moment she is hatched Ugly is on a quest of discovering her identity and a place to call home. Discovering who you are, and learning to accept that you are a unique individual and special in you own way, is an important part of childhood and life in general. Follow Ugly on her journey and discover that it's the differences in people that are really important.
Belonging and Difference
Finding where you fit is also an important theme in this play. To have a sense of belonging is an overwhelming feeling, whether it is in a sporting team or among your family and friends, everyone has a place in the grand scheme of things. It is important for children to understand there is a place where they do belong, just as Ugly. Being "different" can sometimes have an opposite effect to "belonging" as the perception of difference can be hurtful on one hand, yet empowering on the other (just as belonging can also be both comforting and frustrating). Again, the story offers Ugly's journey through both difference and belonging.