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Bringing your students to the theatre

We believe that all students should have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of live theatre.

We keep costs as low as possible, with heavily discounted tickets for school groups for the following shows:

Term 1:
Trash Talk, Wednesday 29 January – Sunday 2 February
Black Cockatoo, Wednesday 12 February – Saturday 15 February
Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam, Tuesday 10 March – Sunday 15 March

April School Holidays:
Merrigong Creativity CampMonday 20 April – Friday 24 April
The Listies: ROFLSHALBOWCOTuesday 21 April – Friday 24 April

Term 2: 
Grace Under Pressure, Wednesday 13 May – Saturday 16 May
The 91-Storey Treehouse, Friday 12 June – Saturday 13 June
Austinmer Dance Theare – Time Will Tell, Friday 26 June & Saturday 27 June

July School Holidays:
Merrigong Creativity Camp
, Monday 13 July – Friday 17 July
Dr AudiYO’s Giant Adventure, Tuesday 14 July & Wednesday 15 July

Term 3:
In Between Two, Thursday 23 July – Saturday 25 July 
Young Playwrights Project, Thursday 27 August
The Crucible, Wednesday 23 September – Saturday 26 September

October School Holidays:
Merrigong Creativity Camp
, Tuesday 6 October – Friday 9 October
JUST – Live On Stage!, Wednesday 7 October & Thursday 8 October

Term 4: 
My Brilliant Career, Wednesday 28 October – Saturday 31 October

School Groups

A discounted school group price of $23 per student (for groups of eight or more) is available for a number of school day matinee and selected evening performances. For each group of eight or more students, a supervising teacher can attend free. Any additional adults on the same booking can attend for a discounted price.

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Student Group Season Ticket

3 shows for $60 or 5 shows for $85

For even more great savings, book a Student Group Season Ticket. Two packages are available for groups of eight or more students

All shows in a Student Group Season Ticket package must be booked at the same time and are to be used only by the student named as part of the booking.

Please email education@merrigong.com.au  for a Student Season Ticket Booking Form.

Passport to Performance

Substantial ticket subsidies are available through our Passport to Performance program, with tickets from as little as $6 per student (for groups of eight or more). Subsidies may be available for public schools with a high FOEI score, or for school groups with additional requirements.

Subsidies are limited and applied on a first-come firstserved basis. Please note this on your booking form. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please email education@merrigong.com.au .

Vacation Care Groups

A discounted vacation care price of $16 per child (for groups of eight or more) is available for our shows in the April, July and October School Holidays. For each group of eight or more students, a supervising teacher can attend free.

Any additional adults on the same booking can attend for a discounted price.

To book a show while school is in session, please complete our online School and Vacation Care Group Booking Form.   Otherwise email education@merrigong.com.au or phone 02 4224 5947 to book.

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Teacher Support Packs

To help you integrate excursions to the theatre with classroom learning, teacher support packs are available for most shows in our brochure when you make a booking.

Behind the Scenes

We offer opportunities for students to go behind the scenes and gain unique insights into how stories are developed and realised in professional theatrical productions.

Work Experience

We manage two busy and dynamic performing arts venues – Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and the Wollongong Town Hall. A limited number of week-long work experience placements are made available each year for students to participate in and observe the different departments in operation at Merrigong.

For more information, email education@merrigong.com.au or call 02 4224 5947.

Backstage Tours

Visit the backstage areas of professional venues that host numerous national and international theatre, music and dance performances annually. See the secret machinations of the fly tower, where everything fits in the loading dock, what happens in the bio box and more!

To request a tour, email education@merrigong.com.au .

Post-Show Q&As

For most shows we offer at least one performance where the audience is invited to stay for a conversation with the cast, and sometimes the show’s creative team as well. This is a perfect opportunity to gain deeper insights into a show and how it was made. Dates for performances that include a Post-Show Q&A are noted one each Mainstage show.

Merrigong Talking Points

Learn more about theatre, the arts and the world around us! Everyone is invited to join our eclectic and engaging series of foyer talks, designed to complement our Season. Held 15 mins
after Saturday matinee performances of all Mainstage Season shows, Talking Points are free and run for approximately one hour. No bookings required.

We would like to thank Peoplecare for their support in helping Merrigong engage with young people in the Illawarra by funding projects that create and facilitate inspiring theatre experiences.

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