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Bendigo Venues & Events offers schools a host of opportunities to engage with the artists who visit our spaces. These experiences can greatly complement a trip to our theatres to watch a live performance or participation in an Arts program hosted at one of our venues. From masterclasses with world class artists and in-school workshops to meet-the-artist and career development talks we have a selection of events taking place all year round to enhance your Arts education experience and link to curriculum outcomes.

Contact the Education Engagement Officer to find out more about how your school could make the most of these amazing opportunities. Email [email protected] for further information.

School reservations must be booked online using the School Booking Form, this form includes information about the Loddon Campaspe Student Excursion Program: Funding is available to schools in the Loddon Campaspe region to cover the transport costs associated with attending arts, cultural and educational experiences, thanks to the Department of Transport and Planning. The Loddon Campaspe Student Excursion Program aims to give regional and rural students better access to arts and cultural activities within the Loddon Campaspe region.

Details about the performances and opportunities available to schools can be found on this page and by searching the What's On page.

We also offer work experience places to year 10 students across the Greater Bendigo region. Find out more and apply online for work experience.

Page banner image (top) - First Nations Secondary School students take part in a writing and storytelling through movement workshop with Torres Strait Islander artist Ghenoa Gela.


Term 2

ACO Collective  - The Lark Ascending directed by Helena Rathbone

ACO group

The Capital, $12 per student with one free teacher ticket per 10 students booked.

11am to 12pm on Friday 10 May, 2024, 60 mins including Q&A

Strings Workshops will also be held on Friday 10 May, 2024 from 2pm to 4pm at The Capital

This is a shorter performance designed for schools (but open to all) and will not feature all the music presented in the previous night's full program of The Lark Ascending

A concert that will set your heart aflight with music full of beauty and spirit.
This interactive performance is perfect for upper primary and lower secondary school students, featuring string orchestra masterpieces, interspersed with educational content and opportunities for students to ask questions and engage with professional and emerging musicians.

The Schools Concert is a chance for school groups to engage with some of the repertoire from the main tour program in shorter, more interactive format. There will be about 45mins of music, interspersed with introductions from the musicians, and further information about the instruments on stage, before an additional 10mins of open dialogue Q&A with the musicians onstage – a great chance to ask questions of professional musicians ranging from the start of their career through to those who have had a lifetime on the stage.  Great for upper primary and lower secondary (years 4-8), but lots of benefits for older students too.

Selection of music from the following tour program:
HUGO WOLF Italian Serenade
ANNE CAWRSE Falling Upward (World Premiere)*
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (arr. Adam Johnson) The Lark Ascending

All school bookings must be made using the School Booking Form

World Problems by Melbourne Theatre Company

World Problems

VCE Drama Unit 3 Playlist Title

11am, Thurs 30 May 2024 at Ulumbarra Theatre, 60 mins (no interval plus post show Q&A)

Designed for schools (but open to all).


Suitable for students in Years 8+/14 years of age

Free workshops are also available to a limited number of regional schools each year.

A woman summons up her childhood with an intensity so visceral it seems to be playing out in front of us. But as her memories draw closer to the present, the space between the personal and the speculative grows ever more blurry. Where do you end, and everything else begins?

An elegy for the future we’re yet to inherit, World Problems is both comical and terrifying, gripping and cathartic. A solo time capsule catapulting across the ages, it seamlessly merges the most private and intimate reflections with a world-spanning perspective.

Theatre maker Emma Mary Hall has cemented a reputation for herself as one of the most astute and insightful observers of the shape of things to come, blending a poetic sensibility with rigorous attention to global and historical matters.

Performed with vivid physicality by Carly Sheppard, directed by Cassandra Fumi (Associate Director, A Very Jewish Christmas Carol) and designed by Dann Barber (Bloom), World Problems trains a microscope on one soul to chart the future of all humanity.

All school bookings must be made using the School Booking Form

Watch Carly Sheppard talk about World Problems:

WORKSHOPS - Discover insights into the theatre-making process in MTC's interactive workshops. MTC strives to make creative, theatrical experiences accessible to all students in Victoria. As part of the Geraldine Lazarus Regional Enrichment Program, free workshops are available to a limited number of regional schools each year. Learn more about the conventions, dramatic elements and expressive skills used in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of World Problems by Emma Mary Hall. A perfect companion experience to seeing the play on tour, this workshop gets students up on their feet, working with script excerpts and making their own artistic decisions.
Suitable for: Year 9+ (VCE workshops focus on the play, 9/10 workshops are more general in their focus)
Duration: 2hrs (can be tailored to the school's timetable/needs)
Group size: Up to 25 students per workshop
Mode of delivery: At the performance venue, in-person at your school or virtual.  (Dates and times to be determined by MTC and participating schools).

Contact Cecile Shanahan at [email protected] for further information about workshops.
World Problems Educational Resource

Grug by Windmill Theatre Company


10am and 12.30pm on 25 June, Duration 35 mins

Based on the much-loved picture book character by Ted Prior

$12 a ticket with a free teacher ticket for every 10 students booked

Recommended for: 2-7 years old/Preschool to Year 2. A sensory guide for neurodivergent audience members is available here.

Once the top of a Burrawang tree fell to the ground. Then the grassy top began to change. It became Grug! Stunning design and beautiful live puppetry combine to bring Ted Prior’s iconic picture book character to the stage where audiences join Grug on some of his most exciting adventures. Along with his friends Snoot the Echidna and the crabby Cara the Carpet Snake, audiences will step into Grug’s burrow and help him grow cabbages, learn to dance and explore his wondrous new world in a charming show designed for even the youngest theatregoers (and Grug fans of all ages). Brought to you by Windmill Theatre Company (Bluey’s Big Play and TV’s Beep and Mort), Grug is a smash-hit production that introduces a whole new generation to one of Australia’s most iconic characters.

Windmill Theatre Company Grug Study Guide 

The Peasant Prince by Monkey Baa Theatre Co.

The Peasant Prince Hero

10am and 1pm, Tuesday 30 July 2024 at Ulumbarra Theatre

$12 per student with one free teacher ticket per 10 students booked

Recommended for students aged 7+

Monkey Baa is thrilled to announce the return of its award-winning production The Peasant Prince in 2024. 

 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 enthrall young audiences.

“You have your secret dreams. Follow them. Make them come true.” From The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin 

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.

A terrific performance with an important story to tell The Peasant Prince offers lots of humour, a little dance, discussions around poverty, and much more.

All school bookings must be made using the School Booking Form

Regional Children’s Chorus for Opera Australia’s La Bohéme – a maximum of 24 selected students, between the ages of 9-14 (must be 14 or younger on date of performance), will perform (sing) on stage with Opera Australia cast of La Bohéme for one performance on Sat Aug 3, 2024. Children will be expected to attend regular after-school rehearsals in Term 2 to learn repertoire from a local Chorus Leader. Registrations for auditions will open soon.

OA CC past group

Above image shows Opera Australia Barber of Seville Bendigo 2022 Children's Chorus in costume.

I wish...

I wish

10am & 12.30pm, 6 Sept at The Capital

Recommended for early childhood and primary school audiences

I Wish… is an exciting collaboration between two internationally renowned South Australian companies – leaders in children’s performance Patch Theatre and boundary-pushing circus company Gravity & Other Myths

People are made of stuff – good stuff and bad stuff, happy and sad stuff, stinky, odd, boring, dangerous, funny, sparkling potions of stuff. People also have secret ingredients – what could your secret ingredient be? 

Enter a world of colour and creativity as performers imagine all the things they could be – from an astronaut to a unicorn, and everything in between. While exploring their feelings and differences on stage, they reveal the magic of individuality. 

Featuring gravity-defying acrobatics, stunning visuals, and playful humour, I Wish… is an unforgettable live performance experience. 

All school bookings must be made using the School Booking Form


BV&E acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands where our venues stand and where we share stories through art and culture.

We acknowledge and pay respect to their Elders past, present and future.