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Local participation, short courses/workshops. Led by industry professionals.


Each course is tailored for a particular ago group within the range of 11-25 years.



Makers is a program of micro-projects for young people. The program has been developed to provide opportunities to learn the art of theatre-making from practicing industry professionals.


Each course focuses on developing skills in a different theatrical speciality such as digital theatre, costume design and creation, script writing for children's theatre, puppetry, acting, lighting, and so on.

At the conclusion of each project there is a performance, or showing of the developed work, such as a scripted read, a fashion parade, or an exhibition.

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Fleur Kilpatrick's adaptation of War of the Worlds is written for a neurodiverse and/or queer cast.
"We loved that [our daughter] "got brave" (her words!) and has come home every Thursday bursting with joy and excitement after being involved with her Thursday Arena gang. Our appreciation goes to you both for making her feel so welcome, encouraged and creative.I dearly hope there are more opportunities in the future for projects like this."

Parent of Makers participant


Date: October to November 2023

Ages: 12+

Site-specific theatre guides the audience through various locations, allowing them to view or actively engage in a performance and theatrical elements.  The audience are players in the story, part of the art form, immersed in and surrounded by it.

This project is situated inside the Bendigo TAFE School of Mines Building.  It is an adventure for children that tells a story they want to tell.  

Artists: Sylvie Meltzer and Sarah Lockwood



Dates: 8-11 April 2024

Cost: $100 per person

Across this 4-day school holiday course we will be hands-on developing a short play for children. Participants will work with the children's book Finnegan the Fart Detective by Lachlan Woods. Reading from the script, they will learn the benefits and limitations of the medium of sound in storytelling. They will discover the nuances of using their voice, contrast, variation and the art of Foley (creating sound effects).


They will be experimenting with binaural sound.

The course will conclude with a live showing for family, friends and program partners. 

Artists: Lachlan Woods and James Shaw



Date:  14 Feb to 27 March 2024 (7 weeks)

Ages:  14-25

Participants will experiment with ways to digitally adapt and enhance live performance, and will learn skills in this growing field. By developing a short work, they will gain an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that digital theatre presents to its makers. They will learn technical skills, integrating movement, acting, dance, and music within digital settings.

ARTIST: Phillip Rouse



Auditions (Free): Monday, 22 April at 4:00pm


Thursdays from 4:00 - 6:00pm

9 May to 13 June 2024

Cost: FREE

This will be a great opportunity for young queer and/or neurodiverse actors to stretch their performance muscles as we workshop Fleur Kilpatrick’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.  This powerful and immersive story celebrates the resilience of the last surviving youth in three regional Australian towns as they support one another to survive the alien invasion. 

Workshop places are by audition.

Artist: Christian Leavesley


Makers is funded by the Betty Amsden Foundation

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