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Education

Bendigo Venues and Events offers schools a host of opportunities that complement a visit to our theatres to watch a live performance. 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 theatre 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 c.shanahan@bendigo.vic.gov.au or call 0488 666 206.

School bookings must be booked online using the School Booking Form.

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


Upcoming Schools Performances - 2022:

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Amphibian 
By Windmill Theatre Company

Tues Feb 22 2022, 10.30am, The Capital
Recommended for audiences 12+
An actor dressed as school boy sits with his legs scrunched up on a bench behind him another actor dressed as a school girl's image is projected on the wall.


Chloe and Hassan are under suspicion for stealing money while feeding the class Axolotl. Sent outside to work out who’s responsible, the unlikely pair find they have something in common. Each of them has been forced by their parents to leave their respective homes and face life as the new kid at school. As their personal histories are revealed, Chloe hears the incredible first-hand account of an Afghan boy who’s travelled alone, thousands of kilometres across land and sea, for a better life.

Is the discovery of Hassan’s back story enough to save him from Chloe’s desire to protect her position in her new-found friendship group?

Amphibian is an epic story of displacement, loss, and adapting to different worlds.

Please use the School Booking Form to express interest in reserving seats for this performance.

Windmill Theatre Co’s production of Amphibian is the fictional story of a young refugee who travels from Afghanistan to Australia in search of a better life.

Many refugees take this difficult journey – like, Muzafar. In 2012 he left Afghanistan with his family to find a new home in Australia. Hear Muzafar's true story at: https://windmill.org.au/acrosslandandsea/


Become the One
Presented by Lab Kelpie

1pm, Thurs March 17, 2022
Recommended for audiences 12+, Duration 75 mins
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Noah, a young queer man, captures the attention of Tom, a closeted high-profile AFL player nearing the end of his career. Delving into the hyper-masculinity of sport, BECOME THE ONE, written by Adam Fawcett, asks what happens to such clandestine relationships when good intentions and patience aren’t enough anymore.

A mainstage love story featuring vibrant queer characters at its heart, it is less interested in exploring why an AFL footballer is yet to come out, and more concerned with why same-sex partners of AFL players (who statistically have to exist) continue to accept it.

What if the partner, not the athlete, became the driving force behind dismantling the last bastion of heteronormative masculinity in Australian sport? What might they – and that journey – look like?

This is a celebration of difference, a call to bravery, and an examination of what it takes to do the right thing – as a lover, as a high profile sport star, as a human being – to BECOME THE ONE.

This performance is a part of the Bendigo Pride Festival. Community and school engagement activities are available to extend the theatre experience including Meet and Greet The Family and Grill the Players Q&A sessions.

Please use the School Booking Form to express interest in reserving seats for this performance.


13-Storey Treehouse
A CDP Kids production

10:30am, Fri 25 Mar, 2022
Recommended for audiences 6+
Ulumbarra Theatre

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Andy Griffiths’ & Terry Denton’s best-selling book comes to life on stage for children 6-12 and their adults!

Would you please welcome to the stage… Andy and Terry!

Yes that’s right. Today's the day Andy and Terry are going to bring their stories to life in their first EVER play – except they forgot to write it!

Where will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys, and a giant gorilla?

Here is your chance to see the first show in the award-winning ‘Treehouse’ series with the return of the one and only, super-famous, ultra-brilliant, runaway success, The 13-Storey Treehouse. We take you right back to where it all began.

Following sold out seasons at the Sydney Opera House and theatres across the country, the play based on Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling book returns to the stage AND YOU’RE INVITED!

Adapted by Richard Tulloch (The Book of Everything, Bananas in Pyjamas), this hugely successful play is brought to life by a seriously funny cast with magical moments of theatrical wizardry and a truckload of imagination!

Online resources available upon purchase of tickets.

Please use the School Booking Form to express interest in reserving seats for this performance.


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Robot Song
Presented by Arena Theatre Company and Bendigo Venues & Events

10.00am and 1.00pm, Thurs 5 and Fri 6 May 2022, The Capital
Recommended for audiences 8+
Juniper, a young girl smiles as she holds a robot's arm


When eleven-year-old Juniper May receives a petition signed by her entire class stating that she is ‘the most hated person in the school’ her life is thrown into complete meltdown. After exhausting all other avenues her parents’ resort to the only thing they have left, a giant singing robot.

Based on a true story, Robot Song illustrates the profound, transformative nature of creativity that when combined with unconditional love, becomes an unstoppable force. For Juniper, creativity opens doors into places she never knew existed allowing her, for the first time, to be defined on her own terms.

Robot Song is a deeply personal story. It shares an honest, intensely funny and often unconventional window into writer, director Jolyon James’ experience parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum.

Education resources available for students aged 8-12 and VCE Theatre and Drama students. Arena is a Bendigo based theatre company with wonderful in school experiences available to complement seeing Robot Song live at the theatre.

Please use the School Booking Form to express interest in reserving seats for this performance.


Guess How Much I Love You
Presented by CDP Kids

Ulumbarra Theatre, 10.30am and 12.30am, Wed 8 June 2022
Recommended for audiences 3+, Duration 55 mins
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A play by Richard Tulloch.

Adapted from the books by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram.

“I love you right up to the moon –AND BACK.”

Join the enchanting adventure of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare as they discover the magic and colour of the seasons, in a dazzling new stage adaptation of Sam McBratney’s beloved Guess How Much I Love You books.

This playful story of love and nature unfolds on stage in a show that's fun for the whole family, with beautiful puppetry, music and laughter for children aged 3 years and up.

Brought to life by CDP Kids, the team behind the Australian tours of The Gruffalo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Spot, this family favourite will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first-time theatre-goers. Don't miss out!

Please use the School Booking Form to express interest in reserving seats for this performance.


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Them
By Samah Sabawi

10am, Wed 24 Aug 2022, The Capital 
Recommended for audiences 14+
A woman stares straight ahead holding a baby in her arms.


THEM tells the story of one young family as they face the decision whether to flee their war-torn city. Omar, Leila and their young child are counting down the days. Their friends enjoy fantasies of escape and the arrival of Omar’s sister brings a real chance to get out – but at what cost?

With unexpected tenderness, laughter, and song, THEM takes audiences into extraordinary circumstances to reveal our shared humanity in the ordinary moments that shape our lives. 

Developed in consultation with people living in conflict zones and displaced by war. This production contains themes of war which may effect those with experience of conflict. Ticket holders are advised the work contains adult themes, moderate language and sudden loud special effects.

Education resources available for senior school students.

Please use the School Booking Form to express interest in reserving seats for this performance.


Image gallery below shows just a few past educational experiences facilitated by Bendigo Venues & Events:
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* Members of the Ulumbarra Foundation (who generously support the role of Education Engagement officer) with Secondary School music students at a recent MSO 'meet the artist' pre-show event.

* First Nations Secondary School students take part in a writing and storytelling through movement workshop with Torres Strait Islander artist Ghenoa Gela.

* MSO visits a primary school to introduce students to the various instruments and sounds they’ll hear when attending the MSO schools’ concert.

* Bangarra Dance conducts a Secondary School dance and culture masterclass.

* Secondary School students receive a Bharatanatyam dance workshop from Seeta Patel.

Page (top) banner image of school children entering Ulumbarra Theatre to watch The 91-Storey Treehouse courtesy of Bill Conroy 2021.

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 emerging.