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Colonial Show (A whole day show)
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Interactive Adventure of the First Fleet, School Show, Incursion, Excursion, Students, Shows, Performances
Interactive Adventure of the First Fleet, School Show, Incursion, Excursion, Students, Shows, Performances (black & white photo of studients)

Highly recommended by over 1000 Schools across every state of Australia this show is the most rewarding to all school groups.  It is engaging, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable.  

Not only does it ensure an unforgettable learning experience for students of all ages in an educational context, it has an experience the students will forever remember because of the enjoyment and uniqueness.  

Written not only for the students teachers have also appreciated the two levels of entertainment and double entendres that were peppered throughout the show, making it enjoyable on an adult level as well.  

The professionalism of our huge production staff at the schools, both performers and stage hands, are of the highest quality and we have over a thousand schools that book the show year after year and highly recommend this show, and would happily promote it if asked.!

Kids Happy, Playing Characters Interactive Adventure of the First Fleet, School Show, Incursion, Excursion, Students, Shows, Performances (convict students role play for schools) and Iconic Performances school excursions, incursions, school performances, camps, British Colonisation, Australian History,

The COLONIAL SHOW school incursion is a complete interactive educational 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 Show is not only a must for all students learning about Australia History, it is a must - see performance based on the audience interactive entertainment component that just completes the learning outcomes of this unit for teachers.

The whole day event is a perfect performance and 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 which 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 educational 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 educational show can ALSO be incorporated in the (COGS.) Connected Outcomes Group Support Curriculum and also the National Curriculum of Australian History. While the show is aimed at Years 3 and 4 it is suitable for the entire primary school. The educational show allows students to participate as the colonial time span comes alive with authentic props and professional actors. The Colonial Show school incursion brings to life with utter realism the story of Australia's colonisation.

The Colonial Show school incursion begins with the students being introduced to the larrikin Irish convict James Murphy and 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 Show school incursion is a whole day experience 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 and is one of the best educational resources in Australia.

The Colonial Show school incursion was born out of the closure of Old Sydney Town, situated on the Central Coast, 2003.

The Colonial Show 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. Describes events and actions related to the British colonisation of Australia and assesses changes and consequences.

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

  3. Identifies the consequences of the assumption of terra nullius by the British Government.

  4. Describes aspects of ways of life and achievements in the early colony for male and female convicts and ex-convicts, the military and their families, officials and officers, and free settlers.

  5. Explains why terms such as ‘invasion’, ‘occupation’, ‘settlement’, ‘exploration’ and ‘discovery’ reflect different perspectives on the same event.

  6. Demonstrates the establishment of a British colony — aspects of life, significant people (including Arthur Phillip), achievements, events and places.

  7. Demonstrates how people the audience are learning about might feel/have felt by participating in activities such as roleplay, drama.

  8. Encourages students to select appropriate sources of information by observing, identifying, finding, displaying, evaluating & reflecting what they see, hear and feel.

  9. Allows students to read, view, listen to & talk about a range of subject matter.

  10. Initiates investigations by defining the purposes of the investigation, posing questions about the investigation & planning the investigation for students.

  11. Plans & implement action individually or in groups by identifying situations in which participation is required.

  12. And many many more.

The Colonial Show school incursion is available for the following school levels:

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

  • Year 7 to 10

  • It is also recommended for University students studying education.

The Colonial Show 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 Show 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:

  • Are available at an additional price.  Teacher information notes are sent out approximately 14 days by email.

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
at 9:30am sharp and finishes about 2:30pm.
:Show Duration
approx 3.5 to 4 hours.
:We provide
all equipment, props and costumes.
:Audience 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
Cannot be less than 3 hours to Setup & 2-3 hours to Set Down.
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          Posted on 24/09/2018 by Laraine C , Anna Bay Public School , Anna Bay , NSW , Australia

    Educational Value
    Educational Content was beneficial to learning outcomes3 out of 5
    The Show and Event

    Kids loved it and gave positive feedback to parents.

    The Audience
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    The actors were fabulous. David was professional and kind in his dealings with us. The only negative thing about the whole experience was The risk assessment was very wordy but in this day and age we can understand. Lucky for us we have teachers who are resourceful and can resolve problems.

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          Posted on 19/09/2018 by Anthony H , St. Michael's , Nowra , NSW , Australia

    Educational Value

    Very engaging actors. The students said they liked it because most of them were involved in something.

    The Show and Event
    Entertainment Value4 out of 5
    The Audience

    Everyone was involved Funny Learnt some more information

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          Posted on 17/09/2018 by Stuart M , Green Point Christian College , Green Point , NSW , Australia

    Educational Value

    I was very impressed with the organisation of the day. The actors remained in character throughout the show and easily led the children with their clear instructions and performance. The children were encouraged to participate and were engaged for the Colonial Show. The content was easy to follow and created good discussion back in the class room.

    The Show and Event

    It helped with the engagement of the students as they all wanted to volunteer.

    The Audience
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    Well done to all involved.

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          Posted on 14/09/2018 by Kathy F , Glenmore Road Public School , Paddington , NSW , Australia

    Educational Value
    Educational Content was beneficial to learning outcomes5 out of 5
    The Show and Event

    Personally I thought it was fantastic. The kids loved it while being educational and engaging. I have passed this along from one of my colleagues: I thought the show was really great. I liked how the music created an ambiance and the actors were top notch. I'm sure the children will remember it for a long time.

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          Posted on 12/09/2018 by Michelle R , Matthew Pearce Public School , Baulkham Hills , NSW , Australia

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          Posted on 07/09/2018 by Russell S , St Eugene College , Burpengary , QLD , Australia

    Educational Value

    As much as I know the irish accent used by the Convict character was authentic and convincing a number of the students commented the next day that they found some of the words hard to understand.

    The Show and Event
    Entertainment Value5 out of 5
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          Posted on 06/09/2018 by Lauren T , St Eugene College , Burpengary , QLD , Australia

    Educational Value

    We missed the 'flogging' scene that was in the show 2 years ago. Was there a reason it was taken out? Still a very engaging and captivating show. The students and teachers were exhausted by the end of it as the adrenalin was going all day. Thank you for coming.

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    "This was the best day ever" "So fun" "I love this show"

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          Posted on 04/09/2018 by Debbie M , Glasshouse Christian College , Beerwah , QLD , Australia

    Educational Value

    We found the entire day well set out, organised and coherent in the way it was run. Students were highly engaged and a lot of information was presented that would be of interest to a large variety of students. Crew were accomodating of the new venue and the change in weather resulting in rain and therefore no outside area to use. Thank you!

    The Show and Event

    Both boys and girls were highly engaged. There was a lot of audience participation which kept all focused and entertained.

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    They loved it. Some said it was the best excursion ever!

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          Posted on 28/08/2018 by Caroline F , PORT MELBOURNE PRIMARY SCHOOL , PORT MELBOURNE , VIC , Australia

    Educational Value

    The kids had a great day. The kids loved being part of the show. They really had a sense of what convict life would have been life.

    The Show and Event
    Entertainment Value5 out of 5
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    I have already emailed the events about reasons why

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          Posted on 20/08/2018 by Molly H , Wodonga Primary School , Wodonga , VIC , Australia

    Educational Value
    Educational Content was beneficial to learning outcomes4 out of 5
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    This was the most engaging school perfomance i have experienced.

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    The performaance had a great range of content and presentation modes to engage all learners. All students absolutely loved the performance and it wasa great stimulus for future learning

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    We absolutely loved the performance and definitely would book it or other shows again for our school.. Some more detailed prepation information would have been useful, we were not informed of how loud the performance was going to be, or that water was going to be thrown while inside. While these did not impact on the brilliance of the performance, it would have been useful to know in choosing an appropriate space in our school.

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