2021 NSW Public Schools Drama Company

Drama Company

The commencement of the 2021 drama programs will be contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health.

Activities for all programs currently have to adhere to current DoE COVID-19 restrictions. 

The Department of Education's The Arts Unit is proud to partner with NIDA to present the 2021 NSW Public Schools Drama Company performance.

Tales from the Wild Bush
Fun.  Playful.  Engaging.drama company
Children's Theatre for the digital age.

The NSW Department of Education's Arts Unit is proud to present the NSW Public Schools 2021 State Drama Company performance “Tales from the Wild Bush”. Co-produced with NIDA, supporter of the NSW Public Schools State Drama Company State. 

When a young child suddenly faces the reality of big school, they find comfort and counsel in their favourite bedtime book “Tales from the Wild Bush”. There’s much to learn from their furry native friends; the dark can sometimes shine a light, and answers are often where you least expect them. Come on an adventure with this merry native band into a tale of fun, fantasy and friendship!

This exciting original production was devised for our youngest students: Kindergarten to Year 2. Written and performed by the NSW Public Schools 2021 Drama Company under the direction of industry professionals Robert Jago and Emma Palmer and performed with the support of our partner NIDA. This theatrical journey will be the epitome of theatre for young people, by young people. 

The production will be performed and recorded at NIDA in May 2021.  The filmed production and accompanying resources will be shared with Department of Education schools across NSW.

Performance dates
Wednesday 12 May 10:30 am closed preview
Wednesday 12 May 5:30 pmTales from the Wild Bush image
Thursday 13 May 10:30 am
Thursday 13 May 1:00 pm
Thursday 13 May 5:30 pm
Friday 14 May 10:30 am
Friday 14 May 1:00 pm
Friday 14 May 5:30 pm 

Ticket prices
$22.00 adult
$15.00 student
School bookings 1 free teacher per 10 students.

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Drama Company rehearsal dates
NSW Public Schools 2021 Drama Company Dates
Term 1 Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays from 4:30pm-7:00pm and some Sundays at The Arts Unit, Lewisham.
Term 2 Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays from 4:30m-7:00pm and some Sundays at NIDA, Kensington. 

Drama Company
Auditions are open to all NSW public school students who will be in Years 7-12
in 2021. All students are required to go through the open audition process, regardless of previous ensemble experience.
Applications have now closed.


Fees cover hire of regular tutors and industry professionals for intensive workshops, a Drama Ensemble t-shirt, and the sourcing and supply of set and costumes from professional designers, film production and photography costs. Students will need to cover the costs of their own travel and/or accommodation if needed. All prices include GST:-
Drama Company $375.00


Further enquiries
The NSW Drama Company is part of The Arts Unit Department of Education's Drama Ensemble program and extends the best performers auditioned from public schools in the state. Further enquiries relating to the Drama Company's Performance or Drama Ensembles should be email Drama or phone 02 8512 1175.


2020 Drama CompanyIntersection Beat

View the short film performances of the 2020 Drama Company performance of Intersection:Beat including the documentary, digital learning resources and actor interviews.


Drama Company Rehearsals

2019 Drama Company

View the full performance of the 2019 Drama Company performance of Macbeth, Q&A session and actor interviews.





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