Children of all ages can experience quality live theatre as part of RPAC’s annual performance program.

Primary School

  • Weekday sessions in school term available for excursions
  • Excellent teacher resources available to enhance the performance experience

High Schools

  • High School students are encouraged to attend our season productions
  • Evening and weekend performances are available to avoid disrupting student’s weekday learning
  • Excellent teacher resources available to enhance the performance experience

School group booking procedures are provided below. RPAC staff are also available on request to visit local schools to discuss our upcoming events and opportunities that may be of interest to students and staff. To book a staff visit to your school, or for further information about RPAC’s 2021 school and daycare excursions and incursions, contact the RPAC Box Office via RPACBoxOffice@redland.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3829 8131.

Daytime productions for primary and pre-primary students

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT - excursion

Friday 11 June 2021, 10.30am & 1pm

Venue: RPAC Auditorium
Duration: 45 minutes, no interval
Year level: Prep-Grade 4 (ages 4-10 years)
Curriculum areas: Arts (drama), Music, English, Visual Arts 
Education pack: download HERE
Cost: $15 per student, one teacher FREE for every 10 students

Adventure calls and love conquers all in this nostalgic musical journey

In a pea green boat, an owl and a pussycat sail across the sea for a year and a day to fair Bong-tree Bay. Adventure calls, new encounters await and love conquers all in a nostalgic musical journey and irresistible blend of romance and nonsense.

The Owl and The Pussycat is an enchanting and intimate theatrical experience for families, based on Edward Lear's beloved childhood poem. Created by a national team of award-winning artists, be swept away in this all-new opera, featuring stunning vocals, interactive theatre, puppetry and a troupe of musical Puffins.

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WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE - excursion

Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 August 2021, 10.30am & 1pm

Venue: RPAC Concert Hall Stage
Duration: 45 minutes, no interval
Year level: Kindy, Prep-Grade 3 (ages 3-8 years)
Curriculum areas: Arts (drama, visual arts), English, Health and Physical Education
Cost: $15 per student, one teacher FREE for every 10 students

Meet Wilbur, the friendliest giant in the sea

Set in an exquisitely crafted underwater world, with themes of bullying and acceptance, this is a fully immersive, interactive and accessible performance work designed to celebrate difference.

Wilbur is brought to life by indelabilityarts, an artist-led, disability arts company from Brisbane, in collaboration with Flipside Circus. Incorporating stunning circus tricks, digital and visual imagery, tactile sensory play, integrated Auslan, music, and spoken word, Wilbur will engage, excite and captivate students. 

Adelaide Fringe WINNER 2020  

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HAMLET: PRINCE OF SKIDMARK - excursion

Tuesday 21 September, 10.30am & 2pm

Venue: RPAC Concert Hall
Duration: 60 minutes, no interval
Year level: Prep-Grade 6 (ages 5-12 years)
Cost: $15 per student, one teacher FREE for every 10 students

A Badaptation of the Bard!

By The Listies and Critical Stages Touring
Created by Richard Higgins, Matt Kelly & Declan Greene

Learning outcomes: 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, co-operation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.
5.2 Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts.
Links to quality area: QA 6 Collaborative partnerships with families and communities (6.2.3)
Education pack: available

Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark is a very cheeky, very clever, utterly irreverent riff on Hamlet – made especially for children.

The Listies, maestros of children’s entertainment, have pulled apart Shakespeare’s classic and glued it back together with hilarious costumes, loads of silliness and plenty of interactivity. Hamlet is already full of things kids love in a good story: ghosts, castles, sword fights, bodily fluids and spooky stuff. Add to the mix some supersonic gags and expertly timed stage magic and you have a brilliantly disguised Shakespearean tragedy for everyone aged five and over!

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ESCAPE FROM TRASH MOUNTAIN - excursion

Friday 24 September, performances 10am & 2pm, workshop 11.30am

Venue: RPAC Auditorium
Duration: Performance 60 minutes, no interval. Workshop 1.5hrs.
Year level: Pre-school-Grade 6 (ages 4-12 years)
Cost: $15 per student, one teacher FREE for every 10 students

An epic tale of trashy proportions!

Learning outcomes: 2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment and Learning Outcome
Links to quality area:
QA 3 Physical Environment (3.2.3)
QA 6 Collaborative partnerships with families and communities (6.2.3)
Education pack: available

A puppet show with sustainability at its heart, Escape from Trash Mountain is a poignant look at how good relationships and fervent optimism are the key to saving our planet.

Watch in amazement as a large mountain of trash transforms into a cave and becomes the epic playground for our heroes to fight trash bats, navigate treacherous ravines and outwit hideous trash monsters!

The whole family will be captivated as two performers operate 17 different puppets and a transforming trash mountain to bring the show to life.

You can even become hands-on and make your very own Trash Puppet, guided by our expert puppet-maker performers at one of the workshops.

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Evening productions of interest to High School students


There are a number of productions in 2021 that may be of interest to High School students. Click on the button below to see what productions are coming soon that may be of interest to your students.

If you would like to bring a school group to any of these productions please contact Box Office via RPACBoxOffice@redland.qld.gov.au or call the Box Office on 3829 8131. 

For some productions it is possible to arrange a Q&A session after the performance or a back stage tour. If you would like to bring a school or daycare group to any of these productions please contact the RPAC Operations Manager on 3829 8138 or email RPACBoxOffice@redland.qld.gov.au

Step 1: Booking Form
Complete online or download the booking form for the show you are interested in and email your completed form to RPACBoxOffice@redland.qld.gov.au

Booking forms will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Step 2: Deposit
You’ll receive a deposit invoice to confirm your booking. Your deposit secures your booking.


Step 3
: Final invoice
After you confirm your student numbers, we’ll send out the final invoice


Step 4
: Tickets
Your tickets will be available at the Box Office one hour prior to the performance and will highlight which rows and seats your school has been allocated.

If you have any questions, email us at RPACBoxOffice@redland.qld.gov.au or call 3829 8164.

By bus

A bus drop-off point is located adjacent to the Centre, accessible from Middle Street. Due to the large number of buses using this area, it is designated for drop-offs only. Buses can park on the grassed areas behind RPAC (weather permitting), or return to the drop-off area at an agreed collection time.

By car

Parking is available in front of the Concert Hall and in the patrons' car park at the rear. Please note: on-street parking at the front of the Concert Hall is reverse (angle rear in) only.

Additional public car parks are available between Doig and Waterloo Streets, around 100 metres easy walk from RPAC.

By train

RPAC is about a 200-metre walk from Cleveland Railway Station. For the safety of all students and visitors, please use the pedestrian crossing on Shore Street West, in front of the train station, and also on Waterloo Street.

Food and drink

Students are encouraged to enjoy a snack or lunch before or after a performance. The RPAC Piazza and a large grassed area near the Events Hall are available for use.

Water is allowed in the Concert Hall and Auditorium during performances, but no other food or beverages are permitted inside.

Bags

Designated areas for school bags will be advised. Bags are not permitted inside the Concert Hall and Auditorium. The Concert Hall can get quite cool, so we recommend students take a jumper/jacket into the theatre.