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Colonial Experience (2 hour Show) - School Performance Incursion
Australia Wide - 365 days a year

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The Colonial Experience school incursion is a complete interactive show that allows children to experience what life was like back in the Colonial Times, during the Colonisation of Australia. With authentic equipment, real-life anecdotes, songs and events from the past, the Colonial Experience is not only a must for all students learning about Australia History. It is a must - see show based on the audience interactive entertainment component that just completes the learning outcomes of this unit for teachers.

THE COLONIAL EXPERIENCE school incursion is a great alternative to the whole day experience and offers a more affordable cost at nearly half the price of the whole day show.

The Colonial Experience school incursion show is an educational resource which gives students an opportunity to interact with characters and experience life in Sydney Town in the early Colony of New South Wales 1788 - 1809 whichi is no longer accessible.

Schools, children, students and teacher will have exclusive, almost never before seen access to the nation‘s fledgling beginnings as a penal colony. The show is based on the Learning Outcomes of the Unit – “British Colonisation in Australia”, Stage 2 in the Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) Syllabus. This performance can ALSO be incorporated in the (COGS.) Connected Outcomes Group Support Curriculum, including the National Curriculum for Australian History. While the show is aimed at Years 3 and 4 it is suitable for the entire primary school. The show allows students to participate as the colonial time span comes alive with authentic props and professional actors. The Colonial Show brings to life with utter realism the story of Australia's colonisation.

The Colonial Experience school incursion begins with the students being introduced to the larrikin Irish convict James Murphy or the female convict Ann Fowles and experienced the hardships of the day and the oppression and tyranny they faced at the hands of the soldiers (Redcoats), and Sergeant Kennedy engages the students in the story of the Military.

The students relive the Voyage of the First Fleet, under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, raising of the King’s Colours and participate in a recruitment of soldiers into the New South Wales Corp nicknamed the Rum Corps.

This is where the fun begins as your students and school experience the repercussions of the theft of damper and the arrest of the convict right in front of their eyes. The question is...

  • Can your students accurately become the magistrate for the trial of James Murphy and sentence him to a flogging?

  • Can they hold their wits and tell the story of the Black Velvet Band and how the British Government introduced the practise of Cribbing which framed tradesmen for the crime of theft?

  • Can they bear to hear the serious, yet funny stories of the characters and the reason they were sent to the Colony of NSW?

There is only one way to find out ... Book your ticket to the most exciting Australian Historical Renactment ever seen.

The Colonial Experience school incursion is a shorter version of The Colonial Show and runs for approximately 2 hours right in the safety of your school grounds. It is a perfect event to have at your school to encourage, stimulate or enhance what the students are learning.

The Colonial Experience school incursion was written by qualified and experienced school teachers and is well scripted to enhance the learning outcomes taught in the school classroom.

  1. Explains the roles played by significant people during the British colonisation of Australia as a penal colony.

  2. Describes aspects of ways of life and achievements in the early colony for male and female convicts, and the military.

  3. Identifies the consequences of using features, sites and places in different ways.

  4. Demonstrates and explains changes to people and places in the Sydney region as a result of British colonisation.

  5. Allows the audience to ask questions and extract required details when required.

  6. Demonstrates real, authentic and complete case studies of different people in the Sydney region following British colonisation.

  7. Reflects upon & evaluate the skills that audience has used to acquire information.

  8. Allows audience to accept specific roles & responsibilities.

  9. And many many more.

The Colonial Experience is available for the following school levels:

  • Kindergarten to Year 6, Primary Stage 1 to Stage 3 and

  • Year 7 to 10

The Colonial Experience is available in most areas of Australia, including but not limited to:

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Area/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of ACT

  • New South Wales (NSW) Area/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of NSW including but not limited to ... Albury, Blue Mountains Region, Central New South Wales, Coffs Harbour, Far West, Hunter New England, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Lower Western, Murrumbidgee, New England North West, North Coast Region, Northern Rivers, Orange, Port Macquarie, Riverina, South Coast Region, South Western Sydney, Sydney, Tamworth, Tweed Heads, Western NSW, Bathurst, Capital Country, Central Tablelands, Country NSW Region, High Country/Snowy Mountains Region, Hunter Region, Lismore, Maitland, Narrabri Region, Newcastle, North West Slopes & Plains, Northern Sydney, Outback New South Wales, Queanbeyan, Snowy Mountains, South Eastern Sydney, Southern NSW, Sydney Metropolitan, The Murray, Upper Western, Western Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Central West Slopes & Plains, Dubbo, Hunter, Illawarra, Lord Howe Island Region , Mid North Coast, Nepean Blue Mountains, North Coast NSW, Northern NSW, Northern Tablelands, Outback NSW Region, Richmond, South Coast, South West Slopes, Southern Tablelands, Sydney Outer Suburbs, The Murray Region, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong

  • Queensland (QLD) Areas/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of QLD including but not limited to ... Brisbane Metropolitan, Cairns / Far North, Central West, Fitzroy, Gold Coast, Mackay, Northern, Thuringowa, Wide Bay-Burnett, Brisbane Outer Suburbs, Capricorn, Darling Downs, Fraser Island, Gold Coast / Sunshine Coast, Moreton, Rockhampton, Townsville, Bundaberg, Central Outback, Far North, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, North West, South West Queensland, Whitsundays

  • South Australia (SA) Areas/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of SA including but not limited to ... Adelaide Hills , Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula, Limestone Coast, Yorke Peninsula, Adelaide Metropolitan, Clare Valley, Flinders / Outback, Murraylands, Adelaide Outer Suburbs, Eyre Pen, Kangaroo Island, Riverland

  • Victoria (VIC) Areas/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of VIC including but not limited to ... Ballarat, Bendigo, Central Highlands, East Gippsland Coast, Goldfields, Great Ocean Road, Lower Goulburn, Melton, Murray, Otways, Port Phillip, Shepparton Mooroopna, Southwest The Otways, The Bays Port Phillip, The Wimmera, Upper Yarra, West Coast Shipwreck Coast, Western District, Yarra Valley, Bellarine, Central Coast Bass Coast, Central Victoria Yarra Valley, Geelong, Goulburn Valley, Greater Melbourne, Melbourne Metropolitan, Mildura, Northeast Victorian Alps, Ovens and Murray, Pyrenees, South Gippsland, Sunraysia, The Grampians, Upper Goulburn, Victorian Alps, West Gippsland, Western Port, Bellarine Peninsula, Central Gippsland Coast, Daylesford / Macedon, Gippsland, Grampians, High Country, Melbourne Outer Suburbs, Mornington Peninsula, Northwest The Mallee Sunraysia, Phillip Island, Riverina, Southern Riverina, Surf Coast, The Mallee, Upper Murray, Warrnambool, Western Central Highlands/Tablelands, Wimmera

  • Tasmania (TAS) Area/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of Tasmania
  • Western Australia (WA) Area/Regions :
    All areas/Regions of Western Australia

Price Information:

  • The Colonial Experience is priced on a per person/ticket charge, with discounts for bulk purchases.

Travel Charges:

  • There are no travel charges charged, regardless of the location.

Teacher/Customer Resources Available:

  • There are no resouces available.

Staff Qualifications:

  • All performers are either trained and qualified teachers or have degrees/diplomas or certification in Performing Arts.

Other Details
:The show is available in
Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, including all areas/suburbs of NSW, ACT, Victoria, Queensland, and selected areas/towns of South Australia.
:Suitable for
Kindergarten to Year 9; Ages: 5 to 15 years old
:Show Commences
Any time after 9:30am
:Show Duration
approx 2 hours
:We provide
all equipment, props and costumes.
:Students are
encouraged to dress up in the colonial period.
:Minimum Stage Area required
approx 4m wide by 2-3 m deep. (indoors)
:Teacher resources
are available (charges may apply).
we are able to amend show times to suit your timetable needs, however the show start time cannot be changed.
:Minimum Setup & Set Down Time required
3 hours to Setup and Set Down
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          Posted on 05/03/2018 by , St Joachims , Holland Park , QLD , Australia

    Educational Value
    Educational Content was beneficial to learning outcomes5 out of 5
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          Posted on 28/09/2017 by Boronia Heights Primary School , Boronia Heights Primary School , Boronia , VIC , Australia

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    Educational Content was beneficial to learning outcomes4 out of 5
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          Posted on 08/09/2017 by Margaret Pond , St Philip's Christian College Cessnock , NULKABA , NSW , Australia

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          Posted on 31/08/2017 by Michelle Drought , Our Lady's Primary School , Sunshine , VIC , Australia

    Educational Value

    Really brought the content to life for the students.

    The Show and Event

    The show really delivered on its promise of being 'interactive'. The students were up and down to the stage area and the actors were up in the audience! Almost every student had the opportunity to participate in some way.

    The Audience

    The students loved the show and are still talking about it today! Their own words to describe it were 'surprising', 'alive', 'captivating', 'unpredictable' and 'entertaining'. I think it will stay in their minds for a long time to come!

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          Posted on 28/08/2017 by Jayne Collins , Redlands College , Wellington Point , QLD , Australia

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    I always appreciate the historical accuracy of the shows.

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    We two teachers thought it was an excellent idea to get the classes marching around while the scene change was undertaken. It's certainly better than having them sit the whole time.

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