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TERM 2 2024

Dates: 29 – 31 May
Price: $28 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 50 minutes
Suitable for:
 Yr 4 – Yr 12
Venue: Courtyard Studio

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ACT UP! 2024Dates: Friday 31 May
Price: $20.00 (Child, Concession) & $25.00 (Adult). A transaction fee applies.
Duration: TBC
Suitable for:
 All Ages
Venue: The Playhouse

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A Midsummer Night's DreamDates: Wednesday 12 June 2024, 11am
Price: $30 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 20 students
Duration: Approximately 120 minutes, including interval
Suitable for:
 Ages 12+
Venue: The Playhouse

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Dates: 21–22 June
Price: $35 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: TBC
Suitable for:
 Ages 10+
Venue: The Playhouse

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Dates: 27–28 June
Price: $35 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes, with no interval
Suitable for:
 Yr 1 – Yr 9
Venue: Canberra Theatre

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TERM 3 2024

Horizon BangarraDates: 18–20 July
Price: $35 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: TBC
Suitable for:
 Ages 10+
Venue: Canberra Theatre

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GrugDates: Friday 26 July
Price: $26 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 35 minutes, no interval
Suitable for:
ELC – Yr 2
Venue: The Playhouse

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Julia

Dates: 31 July – 11 August
Price: $35 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 90 minutes, no interval
Suitable for: 
Ages 15+
Venue: The Playhouse

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Trophy BoysDates: Wednesday 7 August 2024, 11am
Price: $29 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 70 minutes, no interval
Suitable for:
Ages 13+, or with parental discretion.
Venue: Courtyard Studio

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The Peasant PrinceDates: Friday 30 August
Price: $26 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes, no interval
Suitable for:
Yr 3 – Yr 9
Venue: The Playhouse

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EnglishDates: 5–7 September
Price: $35 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 100 minutes, no interval
Suitable for:
Yr 8 – Yr 12
Venue: The Playhouse

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ChicagoDates: From 7 September
Price: $69.70 per student (A Reserve School Groups 8+) with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including interval.
Suitable for: 
13+ or with parental discretion
Venue: Canberra Theatre

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Work, But This Time Like You Mean ItDates: 20–29 September
Price: $20 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 10 students
Duration: Approximately 100 minutes, with no interval
Suitable for:
 Ages 16+
Venue: Courtyard Studio

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ARCDates: Friday 27 September
Price: $26 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 55 minutes, no interval
Suitable for:
Yr 3 – Yr 8
Venue: The Playhouse

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TERM 4 2024

Peter and the StarcatcherDates: 15 October – 3 November 2024
Price: $59.00
Duration: Approximately 150 minutes, including interval
Suitable for: 
Ages 10+
Venue: The Playhouse

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WaruDates: 7–8 November
Price: $29 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes, no interval
Suitable for: 
ELC – Yr 2
Venue: The Playhouse

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Drizzle Boy 2024Dates: 13–16 November
Price: $35 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 110 minutes, no interval
Suitable for:
Yr 10 – Yr 12
Venue: The Playhouse

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Jack MaggsDates: 5–7 December
Price: $35 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: TBC
Suitable for:
Yr 10 – Yr 12
Venue: The Playhouse

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The GruffaloDates: Friday 6 December
Price: $28 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 55 minutes, no interval
Suitable for:
ELC – Yr 2
Venue: Canberra Theatre

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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 2024

 

The Woman in BlackDates: 9–11 July
Price: $49.00 per student with 1 teacher ticket free for every 15 students
Duration: Approximately 120 minutes, including interval
Suitable for:
 Ages 12+ or with parental discretion
Venue: Canberra Theatre

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2024 Education Program Announcement

Here at Canberra Theatre Centre, we are excited for the first stage of our Education Program 2024 announcement!

“To be capable, is to have a mind of many wonders.”

These are the words of an unknown primary school student from Tasmania in the early 1980’s, with identified learning difficulties and low literacy, in response to their first encounter with Drama within an education context.

These words also open the Australian Education Review – The Arts and Australian Education: Realising Potential, published in 2010, authored by Robyn Ewing AM. Ewing’s extraordinary work maps the potential for student learning across all areas of curriculum to be realised through an arts-rich life. Through deep engagement with Arts programs, students can experience enhanced enjoyment of learning processes and deepen their perspective of the world they live in.

At Canberra Theatre Centre, we are excited to support local and interstate students to have the best experience possible of Australian-made theatre. We invite schools into our space to immerse themselves in the world of high-level collaboration and creative thinking, and to have them leave with their imaginations open to a world of possibilities.

We look forward to welcoming educators and students through our doors for the Education Season 2024!

OVERVIEW
Below, educators will find a list of shows and programs that Canberra Theatre Centre (CTC) will be running for students from ELC through to Tertiary in 2024.

Our 2024 program will focus on key areas including:
– Literacy; with many of our shows directly linked to children’s literature.
– Learning through a First Nations lens; with Torres Strait Islander work Waru – journey of the small turtle from Bangarra Dance Theatre, and The River That Ran Uphill – a Pacifika story as told by Edgell Junior and Slingsby Theatre.
– Engagement experiences for your students so that their trip to the theatre is embedded in their learning.

During December & January, further announcements will be made for 3 special events taking place in 2024 for Secondary School groups.

For the most up-to-date information on our Education Program, visit the Education page on our website. We also encourage you to sign up to our CTC Education Newsletter. The newsletter features learning resources and upcoming shows throughout the year.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS
All school bookings are made through our school bookings form. Once you’ve filled out the form, you will hear from our box office team to confirm your tickets.

Some tips:
– Get pre-approval from your school admin team for your excursion before you make your booking
– Make sure you have enough adults (you’ll need 1 teacher / supervising adult per 15 students)
– Book as early as possible, as school bookings fill up fast!

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT YOUR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
All Education Program 2024 shows come with teacher learning resources. These resources can help educators develop lesson plans and whole units of work that support an excursion to the theatre. The resources supplied are developed by Education experts who support national theatre companies, or often by practising educators with relevant expertise.

All education resources are aligned with relevant curriculum, including:
– Early Years Learning Framework
– Australian Curriculum F – 10
– ACT BSSS subjects
– NSW HSC subjects

Throughout the year we will also be sharing resources to support the advocacy of performing arts in your school and teacher professional learning. Sign up to our CTC Education Newsletter to receive updates.

TQI ACCREDITATION
CTC will apply to the ACT Teacher Quality Institute for accreditation of professional learning hours through our education programs. Approved programs will be listed on our education website with the TQI logo and number of approved hours. Check out the Education page at the start of Term 1 for an updated list of professional learning accredited hours.


– TERM 1 2024 –

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW

WHERE:
The Playhouse

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES:
– Thursday 1 February, 1pm
– Friday 2 February, 10am & 12pm

DURATION:
Approximately 50 minutes, with no interval

TICKET PRICE:
Students $27

1 teacher free per 15 students
Additional teachers & staff $27

CURRICULUM LINKS:
 ELC – Yr 2
– Early Years Learning Framework
Australian Curriculum:
– The Arts | Drama, Visual Art: F – Year 2
– English: F – Year 2

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
Teacher lesson plans and resources for before and after your excursion to the theatre.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

“and – pop! – out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.”

One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for children 18 months+ and their adults.

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AKRAM KHAN COMPANY’S JUNGLE BOOK REIMAGINED

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre Presents Akram Khan Company

WHERE:
Canberra Theatre

DATES:
2–3 February

DURATION:
Approximately 130 minutes, including interval

TICKET PRICE:
Tickets $40
1 teacher free per 15 students

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:
Yr 10 – Yr 12

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Witness one of the world’s most acclaimed international dance companies turn the stage into a mythical world with spectacular movement and stunning stagecraft. Jungle Book reimagined follows the journey of Mowlgi, through the eyes of a refugee caught in a world devastated by the impact of climate change.

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CLASS CLOWNS

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Canberra Comedy Festival

WHERE:
Courtyard Studio

DATE:
Wednesday 13 March

DURATION:
Approximately 130 minutes, including interval

TICKET PRICE:
Tickets $40
1 teacher free per 15 students

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:
Yr 10 – Yr 12

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Calling all funny high-schoolers in Australia! Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national comedy competition and workshop program for unearthing young talent returns!
Class Clowns is back to inspire, connect, and elevate teenagers aged 14-18 who have a knack for comedy. Taking place during Term 1 of the school year, this exciting competition is
not only free but also loads of fun.

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STUNT DOUBLE

Stunt Double

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre and Performing Lines

WHERE:
The Playhouse

DATES:
14–16 March

DURATION:
Approximately 90 minutes

TICKET PRICE:
Tickets $35
1 teacher free per 15 students

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:
Yr 10 – Yr 12

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Step inside the filming of a 1970s Aussie action-flick and watch as extraordinary stunt doubles cycle through take-after-take of high-octane flips, fights and more, putting their bodies on the line while the actors reap the glory.  Inspired by films such as Wake In FrightRazorback and BMX BanditsStunt Double is sure to be an unforgettable ride and tongue-in-cheek dive into the absurd power dynamics of the film industry and the human cost of celebrity.

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– APRIL SCHOOL HOLIDAYS –

RBG: OF MANY, ONE

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PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre presents a Sydney Theatre Company production

WHERE:
The Playhouse

DATES:
11–21 April

DURATION:
Approximately 95 minutes

TICKET PRICE:
Tickets $35
1 teacher free per 15 students

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:
Yr 10 – Yr 12

ABOUT THE SHOW:

After a wildly popular, sold-out premiere season in 2022, the Sydney Theatre Company smash-hit production arrives in Canberra with the brilliant Heather Mitchell reviving her award-winning “virtuosic performance” (The Conversation) of the woman who changed the face of the American legal system: the indomitable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The second woman to be appointed to the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was both a trailblazer in the American judiciary and a fierce advocate for gender equality and reproductive rights. Now, her life is brought to the stage by the extraordinary pen of Olivier Award-winning Australian playwright Suzie Miller (Prima Facie).

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DOG MAN: THE MUSICAL

WHERE:
Canberra Theatre

DATES:
19–20 April

DURATION:
Approximately 70 minutes, with no interval

TICKET PRICE:
Students $26

1 teacher free per 15 students
Additional teachers & staff $26

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“You have to love a family show that makes adults laugh, too” – New York Times

With the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, Dog Man loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. But while trying his best to be a good boy, can he save the city from Flippy the cyborg fish and his army of Beasty Buildings? Can he catch Petey, the world’s most evil cat, who has cloned himself to exact revenge on the doggy do-gooder? And will George and Harold finish their show before lunchtime??

Find out in this epic musical adventure featuring the hilarity and heart of Dav Pilkey’s beloved characters.

“This show is perfect for everyone.” – Newsday

– TERM 2 2024 –

HUMANS 2.0

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre presents Humans 2.0 by Circa

WHERE:
The Playhouse

DATES:
2–4 May

DURATION:
Approximately 70 minutes, with no interval

TICKET PRICE:
Students $35

1 teacher free per 15 students

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:
 Yr 10 – Yr 12

ABOUT THE SHOW:

A symphony of acrobatics, sound and light, this is next level circus by Circa.

Ten bodies appear in a flash of light. They move in harmony for a fleeting moment and then descend into a sinuous trance. Towers grow and decay, bodies leap and are caught, as physical limits are pushed to their extreme. Can we ever find a perfect balance or is adapting to constant change the only way forward?

This next chapter of Circa’s internationally acclaimed Humans is a tightly woven choreography of bodies, pulsing with music by composer Ori Lichtik and revealed in Paul Jackson’s dramatic lighting. Created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Humans 2.0 is intimate, primal and deeply engaged with the challenge of being human.

FOURTEEN

FOURTEEN

PRESENTED BY:
Shake & Stir Theatre Co

WHERE:
The Playhouse

DATES:
9–11 May

DURATION:
Approximately 100 minutes, with no interval

TICKET PRICE:
Students $25–75

1 teacher free per 15 students

ABOUT THE SHOW:

The year is 1999 and Shannon has a secret.
Shannon Molloy is a year 9 student at an all-boys rugby-mad Catholic school in regional Queensland, with a secret that no one can ever find out. Shannon is gay.

Based on the best-selling memoir by award-winning journalist Shannon Molloy, Fourteen is the inspirational true story of growing up gay in central Queensland, transformed into a powerful must-see theatre production by nationally acclaimed Shake & Stir Theatre Co.

Set to a nostalgic mixtape of 90s bangers from all your faves, from Shania Twain to The Spice Girls, Fourteen addresses the trials and tribulations of growing up with honesty, humour, and heart. Equal parts uplifting and heart wrenching, we follow Shannon in a year of self-discovery set amidst a backdrop of torment, bullying and betrayal – not just at the hands of his peers, but by the adults who were meant to protect him.

This moving coming-of-age memoir about adversity and tragedy is also a story of resilience, hope and hilarity – thanks to the love of a group of close-knit friends, a fiercely protective family, an extraordinary mother and… S Club 7.

So press play on your discman, lose yourself in a pumping 90s pop remix and take a technicoloured trip back to your teens. This is Fourteen…

THE RIVER THAN RAN UPHILL 

WHERE:
Courtyard Studio

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES:
– Thursday 30 May, 10am & 1pm

DURATION:
Approximately 50 minutes, with no interval

TICKET PRICE:
Students $28

1 teacher free per 15 students
Additional teachers & staff $28

CURRICULUM LINKS:
 Yr 4 – Yr 12
– Early Years Learning Framework
Australian Curriculum:
– The Arts | Drama, Visual Art: F – Year 2
– English: F – Year 2

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
Teacher lesson plans and resources for before and after your excursion to the theatre.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

A tiny girl finds strength to survive the wildest of winds and raging rivers in this triumphant true tale from South Australia’s own trailblazing theatre company Slingsby.

Do you know the story of the river that ran uphill? With a cyclone at its centre, this is a story of the collision between nature and humanity set in the Pacific Islands. Our young protagonist demonstrates courage in the face of adversity to remind us how important it is to come together as a community in our weakest moments. It’s a story that shows audiences, young and old, how the seemingly impossible can become possible when we work together.

In 2015, Cyclone Pam ravaged the South Pacific. Edgell Junior, a Ni-Vanuatu man from Pentecost Island and member of Slingsby’s Flying Squad ensemble, experienced and survived Cyclone Pam and its aftermath. Based on his lived experience, this moving production emphasises the real importance of community cooperation and resilience.

The River That Ran Uphill drops the audience in the eye of the storm. As the waters rise, this story carries forward a message of warning and, perhaps, a raft of hope.

ACT UP! 10TH ANNIVERSARY 

ACT UP!

Back for its 10th anniversary, ACT UP! 2024 is a student fringe event showcasing secondary schools from ACT and regional NSW.

You can find more information about ACT UP! 2024 here.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

A Midsummer Night's Dream

PRESENTED BY:
Bell Shakespeare

WHERE:
The Playhouse

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES:
– Wednesday 12 June, 11am

DURATION:
Approximately 120 minutes, including interval

TICKET PRICE:
Students $30

1 teacher free per 20 students

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:
 Yr 7 – Yr 12

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is reawakened in this breathless production brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem.

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MOMENTA – SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre

WHERE:
The Playhouse

DATES:
21–22 June

DURATION:
TBC

TICKET PRICE:
Students $35

1 teacher free per 15 students

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:
 Yr 7 – Yr 12

ABOUT THE SHOW:

momenta is a journey into the poetry and physics of human connection by celebrated choreographer Rafael Bonachela. This mesmerising piece presents a kaleidoscope of energies, capturing the essence of fleeting moments suspended between past and future, where individual trajectories collide and intertwine.

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ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

WHERE:
Canberra Theatre

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES:
– Thursday 27 June, 12.30pm
– Friday 28 June, 10am & 12.30pm

DURATION:
Approximately 60 minutes, with no interval

TICKET PRICE:
Students $35

1 teacher free per 15 students
Additional teachers & staff $35

CURRICULUM LINKS:
 Yr 1 – Yr 9
Australian Curriculum:
– English: F – Year 4
– The Arts | Drama: F – Year 8

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
– Teacher lesson plans and resources for before and after your excursion to the theatre
– Post Show Q&A (certain performances only, TBC)
– School groups in Years 7 – 9 are eligible to book a theatre tour (Wednesday 26 June only)

ABOUT THE SHOW:

A little magic can take you a long way.

Climb aboard the world’s juiciest fruit as Roald Dahl’s James and The Giant Peach rolls off the page and onto the stage in Shake & Stir’s most delicious adventure yet

From the company that brought us the smash-hit, adored seasons of The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox and George’s Marvellous Medicine comes this bold new theatrical adaption of one of the most loved children’s classic books.

Join James and his collection of curious critters on an enchanting, great escape direct from his backyard, soaring high across the world, from Dover to New York and back again.

Bursting with magic, mischief, and mayhem at every turn, James discovers that the best friendships arise from the most unexpected encounters and a little courage can take you a long way.

You’ve read the book and seen the movie – now it’s time to experience this Dahlicious tale – from the wacky mind of the world’s No. 1 Storyteller – live on stage.

– TERM 3 2024 –

HORIZON

Horizon Bangarra

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre and Bangarra Dance Theatre

WHERE:
Canberra Theatre

DATES:
18–20 July

DURATION:
TBC

TICKET PRICE:
Students $35

1 teacher free per 15 students

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:
 Yr 7 – Yr 12

ABOUT THE SHOW:

From two of the world’s great First Nations comes a brand-new work: Horizon. Some call it a feeling, some call it the mother spirit. It’s the place where sea meets sky, the horizon we all look to, the compass that guides us home. In Bangarra’s first mainstage cross-cultural collaboration, leading Māori choreographer and Arts Laureate Moss Te Ururangi Patterson joins beloved Bangarra alumna Deborah Brown. Together they guide Bangarra’s award-winning ensemble in stories that honour their mother countries and the spirit that calls them home.

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GRUG

Grug

WHERE:
The Playhouse

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES:
– Friday 26 July, 10am & 12pm

DURATION:
Approximately 35 minutes, with no interval

TICKET PRICE:
Students $26

1 teacher free per 15 students
Additional teachers & staff $26

CURRICULUM LINKS:
ELC – Yr 2
Early Years Learning Framework:
– Outcomes 1 – 5
Australian Curriculum:
– The Arts | Drama, Visual Art: F – Year 2
– English: F – Year 2

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
Teacher lesson plans and resources for before and after your excursion to the theatre

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, Grug is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss.

When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, he invents his own dance and calls it ‘The Grug’. When snails eat his cabbages, Grug plants more cabbages so there will be enough for both him and the snails.

Having performed to more than 50,000 children and families worldwide, Grug is perfect for our youngest theatre lovers.

THE PEASANT PRINCE

The Peasant Prince

WHERE:
The Playhouse

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES:
– Friday 30 August, 10am & 1pm

DURATION:
Approximately 60 minutes, with no interval

TICKET PRICE:
Students $26

1 teacher free per 15 students
Additional teachers & staff $26

CURRICULUM LINKS:
Yr 3 – Yr 9
Australian Curriculum:
– English: Year 3 – Year 8
– The Arts | Drama, Visual Arts: Year 3 – Year 8

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
– Teacher lesson plans and resources for before and after your excursion to the theatre
– Post Show Q&A
– In-school workshops with Monkey Baa Theatre Company prior to your excursion to the theatre

ABOUT THE SHOW:

The children’s version of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Peasant Prince is an extraordinary production of a remarkable story – of a peasant boy turned dance giant. It will inspire and enthral young audiences.

The Peasant Prince tells the remarkable true story of a 10-year-old peasant boy’s journey from impoverished rural China to the international dance scene. This is a story of courage, resilience and unwavering hope.

Li, a 10-year old peasant boy is plucked from his village in rural China and sent to a ballet academy in the big city. He leaves everything and everyone he loves, including his family. Over years of gruelling training, this boy transforms from an impoverished peasant to a giant of the international dance scene. Li’s courage, resilience and unwavering hope for a better life for himself and his family makes The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be. Audiences will be captivated by this very personal story, truly a 20th century fairy tale.

Monkey Baa’s extraordinary production won Best Production at The Glugs and The Sydney Theatre Awards and a Drover’s Award for the Best Tour in 2016.

ARC BY ERTH

ARC

WHERE:
The Playhouse

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES:
– Friday 27 September, 10am & 1pm

DURATION:
Approximately 55 minutes, with no interval

TICKET PRICE:
Students $26

1 teacher free per 15 students
Additional teachers & staff $26

CURRICULUM LINKS:
Yr 3 – Yr 8
– Early Years Learning Framework
Australian Curriculum:
– The Arts | Drama: Year 3 – Year 8
– Humanities & Social Sciences: Year 3 – Year 8

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
– Teacher lesson plans and resources for before and after your excursion to the theatre
– Optional online puppetry workshop with Erth Visual & Physical

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Showcasing exquisite puppetry, an enigmatic host, audience interaction and a world of rare and exotic animals, ARC is a profound experience that embraces the natural world and the creatures that cohabit this place we call Earth.

ARC presents intimate, magical encounters with rare and vulnerable species, raising important questions about our collective and individual relationship with nature and loss.

Renowned as innovators of physical and visual theatre, for the past three decades Erth’s body of work has explored the depths of the past. With ARC, they look unblinkingly to the future, as this menagerie of animals transforms the stage before your very eyes.

– TERM 4 2024 –

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Peter and the Starcatcher

PRESENTED BY:
A Dead Puppet Society, Glass Half Full Productions, JONES Theatrical Group and Damien Hewitt Production

WHERE:
The Playhouse

DATES:
From 15 October

DURATION:
Approximately 150 minutes, including interval 

TICKET PRICE:
$79.00 – $139.90* (transaction fees apply)

ABOUT THE SHOW:

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY DAVE BARRY AND RIDLEY PEARSON
MUSIC BY WAYNE BARKER
THE UNTOLD STORY OF NEVERLAND

Before Neverland there was an island. Before Captain Hook, a moustachioed pirate. Before Wendy, her mother Molly. Before Peter, a nameless orphan.

Peter and the Starcatcher, the smash hit Broadway production and winner of 5 Tony Awards, will have its Australian premiere, touring nationally from 2024.

Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Group, written by Rick Elice (Jersey BoysThe Addams Family), with music by Wayne Barker, this all-new production is directed by David Morton (Holding AchillesThe Wider Earth).

Reimagined by Dead Puppet Society, acclaimed for creating visually astounding worlds, this highly anticipated version of Peter and the Starcatcher blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, traversing oceans of mystical mermaids, and lands of curious creatures.

Experience the joy of this theatrical spectacle with over 100 unforgettable characters, puppetry, live music, and technical wizardry – jump onboard this epic pre-Pan voyage and discover the untold story of Neverland.

Hook tickets now!

WARU – JOURNEY OF THE SMALL TURTLE

Waru

WHERE:
The Playhouse

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES:
– Thursday 7 November, 10.30am & 1pm
– Friday 8 November, 10.30am & 1pm

DURATION:
Approximately 45 minutes, with no interval

TICKET PRICE:
Students $29

1 teacher free per 15 students
Additional teachers & staff $29

CURRICULUM LINKS:
ELC – Yr 2
– Early Years Learning Framework
Australian Curriculum:
– The Arts | Drama, Visual Art: F – Year 2

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
– Teacher lesson plans and resources for before and after your excursion to the theatre
– Pre-show craft activities in the Canberra Theatre Centre foyer

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Under the star-illuminated skies of the Torres Strait, a green turtle navigates her way back to the beach where she was born. The season has started, the turtles are returning to nest, and soon the island will welcome a new generation of hatchlings – amongst them, our small turtle friend, Migi!

In Bangarra’s first dedicated work for children, join our heroine Migi as she undertakes a journey of discovery and survival. A contemporary saltwater Lagaw Kazil (Island Children) story inspired by the totemic system of the green turtle, Waru – journey of the small turtle is an interactive and immersive introduction to Torres Strait Islander culture and dance for 3–7-year-olds.

Created by former Bangarra Artistic Director, Stephen Page, together with Hunter Page-Lochard and Bangarra alumni Dancers and Choreographers Sani Townson and Elma Kris, Waru provides teachers, parents and care-givers with a unique opportunity to open up conversations about climate change, caring for the environment and the traditional cultural values of respect and reciprocity.

DRIZZLE BOY

BY RYAN ENNISS
DIRECTED BY DANIEL EVANS

Drizzle Boy 2024

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre presents Queensland Theatre’s Drizzle Boy

WHERE:
The Playhouse

DATES:
13–16 November

DURATION:
Approximately 110 minutes

TICKET PRICE:
Tickets $35
1 teacher free per 15 students

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:
Yr 10 – Yr 12

ABOUT THE SHOW:

STRAP YOURSELF IN FOR A ROCKET RIDE.

Drizzle Boy is autistic. Drizzle Boy is poked, prodded and diagnosed by a world that wants to change him and a family who doesn’t understand him. Then, on his first day of university, he meets Juliet and suddenly everything seems possible — even his lifelong dream of building a rocket and blasting-off toward the stars!

But Drizzle Boy’s day-to-day life is harder than navigating intergalactic space travel. He’s going to need all the help he can get — that’s where you come in! You’re invited to climb aboard this wildly audacious and wonderfully affirmative rocket ride as Drizzle Boy launches out into the regions as part of a tour throughout Queensland.

Drizzle Boy was the smash-hit of 2023 and we’re delighted to be able to introduce him to a whole new audience across the state. And, yes, in case you are wondering, Space Bear is definitely coming too!

THE GRUFFALO

The Gruffalo

WHERE:
Canberra Theatre

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES:
– Friday 6 December, 10am & 1pm

DURATION:
Approximately 55 minutes, with no interval

TICKET PRICE:
Students $28

1 teacher free per 15 students
Additional teachers & staff $28

CURRICULUM LINKS:
ELC – Yr 2
– Early Years Learning Framework
Australian Curriculum:
– The Arts | Drama, Visual Art: F – Year 2
– English: F – Year 2

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
– Teacher lesson plans and resources for before and after your excursion to the theatre

ABOUT THE SHOW:

A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood …

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia!

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups…

– WORK EXPERIENCE –

Interested in a career in the performing arts? Work Experience at the Canberra Theatre Centre is a crucial first step to understand the performing arts industry and how it operates.

Canberra Theatre Centre offers Year 10 & senior school students a chance to spend a week in Canberra’s largest professional theatres, learning, developing, observing and participating in various areas of operation.

You can find out more about our Work Experience program here.

– CERTIFICATE III IN LIVE PRODUCTION AND TECHNICAL SERVICES –

Kickstart your backstage career in the entertainment industry by enrolling in the Certificate III in Live Production and Technical Services (CUA30420), delivered by the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) in partnership with Canberra Theatre Centre.

You can find out more about the course here. 

– BACKSTAGE TOURS –

– WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS –

School groups will get the opportunity to see ‘behind the scenes’ of the Canberra Theatre Centre and learn about how theatre is made in a professional venue. Students will get a close-up experience of the technical components of the theatre that support the onstage performances.

Limited bookings available.

DATES:

Term 1 – Tuesday 27 Feb
Years 10 – 12 only

Term 2 – Wednesday 26 June
Years 7 – 9 only (open to audiences of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach)

Term 3 – Friday 30 August
Years 7 – 9 only (open to audiences of The Peasant Prince)

Term 4 – Tuesday 5 November
Years 10 – 12 only

AGE SUITABILITY:
Secondary School Groups only

COST:
Quote upon application

DURATION:
Years 7 – 9: 30 – 45 minutes
Year 10 – 12: 60 – 90 minutes

BOOKINGS:
education@canberratheatrecentre.com.au

About Us

ABOUT US

The Canberra Theatre Centre Education team provides engagement opportunities and resources to enrich your teaching programs connected to each production.  Canberra Theatre Centre also offers extended learning opportunities such as professional learning, work-experience, VET courses and masterclasses, and is the home of the ACT UP! Student Festival held every year.

Access

Canberra Theatre Centre is proud to offer a range of options to help guide audience members with sensory or additional needs safely through the theatre experience.

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Hearing System
  • Audio Description*
  • Tactile Tours*
  • Breakout Space

*Available by request (8 weeks notice required)

Performance Warnings

Canberra Theatre Centre makes every effort to communicate performance warnings through marketing, website information and at the time of booking at the Box Office. Unlike movies, theatrical performances do not have imposed age limits for adult content. It is up to the teacher to make judgements about age appropriateness. If you have any concerns, please ask at the time of booking.

Contact us:

Box Office (02) 6275 2700
canberraticketing@act.gov.au

Canberra Theatre Centre
Creative Learning team
education@canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Mailing List

Sign up to our mailing list to get the latest from the Canberra Theatre Centre Education team.

Plan your visit

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Parking

Coaches and buses can park on London Circuit at the front of Civic Square, between the Legislative Assembly and Canberra Museum and Gallery (see map below). This will enable school groups to walk to the Canberra Theatre Centre without the need to cross any roads. Smaller buses, vans and private cars can use public metered parking on either side of the theatre.

Map of CTC

Arrive Early

We recommend you arrive at least half an hour before the advertised performance start time in order to locate your seats and make use of the venue’s facilities. Schools will be seated in order of arrival. Latecomers should call the Box Office on 6275 2700. We will endeavour to admit your group into the auditorium at a suitable break in the performance but in some cases this may not be an option.

School Bags

School bags are not permitted in the auditorium. A free cloaking service is provided to look after your items, but it is much easier if large items such as school bags are left on the bus.

Lunch

Food and drink are permitted in the foyers but cannot be consumed in the auditorium. Packed lunches can be eaten on the steps leading up to the theatre, in Civic Square, or at Glebe Park.

School Visits Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

A risk management document will be emailed to you upon making a school booking.

It can also be accessed here: Risk Assessment Form

TEACHER RESOURCES – PAST PERFORMANCES

Alvin

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

Dates: 6–7 March 2023
Click here to download the education resources.


New Owner

Dates: 8–11 March 2023
Click here to download the education resources.


Ascent – SDC

Sydney Dance Company’s Ascent

Dates: 9–11 March 2023
Click here to download the education resources.


Choir Boy

Choir Boy

Dates: 29 March – 2 April 2023
Click here to download the education resources.


Hiccup!

Hiccup!

Dates: 28–29 July 2023
Click here to access the education resources.


Miss Peony
Miss Peony

Dates: 23–26 August 2023
Click here to access the education resources.


Possum Magic

Dates: 21–23 September 2023
Click here to access the education resources.


The Visitors

The Visitors

Dates: Friday 10 November 2023, 11am
Click here to access Pre-show in the Know Information Sheet & access On Cue Education Resource