Partnership to benefit regional students

A PANTERSHIP between Blue Cow Theatre and salmon farming and seafood company Tassal is taking professional theatre performances and education focused experiences to regionally based schools.

Tasman District School in Nubeena is one of four schools based in southern Tasmania to benefit from the program, which is designed to create better opportunities for students to experience the performing arts in regional areas.

As part of the program, Tasman District School students recently attended the performance of Hamlet at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Blue Cow Theatre co-founder and chair John X said the partnership made it possible for students to see plays, meet the cast and learn about how professional theatre was created.

“We are also providing actors and specialist educators to deliver workshops with students based on the needs of each school,” he said.

“The partnership allows us to develop lesson plans with the teachers, to ensure the curriculum is met and the workshops are fun and engaging for the students.

“Blue Cow Theatre already supports Tasmanian actors, writers, technicians and theatre artists through a variety of development opportunities, and this education program is a natural extension of this work.”

Tasman District School drama teacher Abigail Haight said the opportunity for the school’s drama students to engage with professional actors at performances and in the classroom was “so valuable” for their development and gave an insight into the industry.

“Drama is also a great way to build confidence, and working with Blue Cow Theatre will provide an excellent opportunity for our students to learn more about themselves through self-expression and their arts,” she said.

“Coming to see a classic play like Hamlet and then have workshops run by cast members back at school is very unique and exciting for our students.”

Tassal’s Head of Engagement Barbra McGregor said the partnership with Blue Cow Theatre was important for Tassal.

“Giving back to the local communities in which we operate is critically important to our business,” she said.

“Blue Cow Theatre is Tasmania’s premiere professional adult theatre company.

“Its dedication to not just put on incredible performances, but also nurture Tasmanian writers and young people interested in the theatre is significant.”

Blue Cow Theatre has commenced building relationships with teachers from Triabunna District High School, Tasman District School, Huonville High School and the Dover District School to deliver meaningful educational outcomes as part of the program.

Caption: Hamlet cast members with Tasman District School students at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.