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Laycock Street Community Theatre aims to deliver a challenging and engaging program which encourages Central Coast students to connect in a meaningful way with live theatre. Where possible, each performance offers free, downloadable support materials for teachers to enhance the theatre experience and focus on the integration of creative arts back in the classroom. The resource materials are designed to prepare students for the performance, extend thinking and link to a broader range of curriculum areas. A complimentary theatre ticket is provided for teachers accompanying school groups (one ticket for every fifteen students). If that allocation does not allow you to adequately supervise your students, please speak directly with our Box Office staff as additional teacher tickets can be purchased at the student price. You may wonder why some of the shows fall outside standard school hours. In order for a production’s national tour to work, regional theatres are not always able to select the performance date and time. Occasionally we need to present a performance on a weekday/weekend/schooltime/holidaytime that is not always ideal for our target audience. We hope that you are able to find the show and time that best suits you and your students and we will do everything we can to accommodate your group. Seats are limited, so please book early to ensure that you and your students don’t miss out. Simply complete the attached booking form for seat reservations. Confirmation of final numbers and full payment are not required until a month prior to the performance date. For further theatre information contact: Ticket Sales Administrator, Laycock Street Theatre, PO Box 21, Gosford, NSW, 2250 t: 4323 3233 or 4304 7132, email:

shake & stir theatre co presents

1984 by george orwell Big Brother is back. Strap yourself in for this terrifically frightening theatrical event set against a towering wall of plasma screens. Oceania; a nation perpetually at war, where cameras watch every move and Thought Police roam the streets. A place Winston Smith calls home. By day, Winston is an editor at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history to align the past with the radical political agenda of the ruling party and its elusive leader, Big Brother. By night, Winston pursues a forbidden love affair with the mysterious Julia in an attempt to rebel against the oppressive regime set down by the party and maintain some control over his otherwise totally controlled life. When Winston and Julia are discovered, they are violently separated, detained and prepared for conversion. Locked in the Ministry of Love and interrogated by the quietly terrifying O’Brien, Winston is beaten, manipulated and subjected to sickening torture in an attempt to make him reject dreams of liberation and understand that free thought and logic is the only true enemy. From the team that brought you Animal Farm, this new stage adaptation brings George Orwell’s final novel screaming into the present.

saturday 29 March 2pm & 8pm

$18 per student - 1 free teacher ticket per 15 students Duration: 90 mins - no interval Suitability: Medium coarse language, adult themes and simulated violence. Not recommended for under 13 years. FREE TEACHER’S NOTES AVAILABLE

cdp presents

the 13-storey treehouse By Richard Tulloch. Adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Directed by Julian Louis

Would you please welcome to the stage…Andy and Terry! Yes that’s right. Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling book, the one and only, super-famous, ultra-brilliant The 13-Storey Treehouse has been turned into an equally brilliant show for the theatre... AND YOU’RE INVITED! Curtain up! Today’s the day. There’s just one problem. They forgot to write it! And where will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys, and a giant gorilla? Luckily the theatre has an extensive prop and costume collection and some very impressive stage technology. Direct from its sell‐out premiere season at the Sydney Opera House and adapted by Richard Tulloch (The Book of Everything, Bananas in Pyjamas), The 13‐Storey Treehouse is brought to life by a seriously funny cast and magical moments of theatrical wizardry. Just remember to “USE YOUR IMAGINATION!” “My eight year old co-reviewer loved the show…has the kids engaged and amused from the outset.” - The Australian “Wow!…goes to the edge of the ridiculous to get a laugh.” - Sydney Morning Herald

monday 26 may 2pm (12pm performance now sold out) $18 per student 1 free teacher ticket per 15 students Duration: 60 mins - no interval

CDP presents

the gruffalo

based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

‘A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood…’ Whether their favourite food is roasted fox, owl ice cream, scrambled snake or Gruffalo crumble, audiences eat up this delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators. Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark wood in this big scary monster of a show. Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when she comes face to face with the very creature she imagined? Let your imagination run wild with songs, laughs and fun for children aged 3 and up, and their adults. “Funny, charming and smart...brings the house down” -Sydney Morning Herald “Beg, borrow or steal tickets. Your kids will love you for it.” -Stage Whispers “Exudes charm, fun and a winning simplicity” - Dominion Post

thursday 4 sep 6pm/friday 5 sep 10am & 12 noon $18 per student/preschooler 1 free teacher ticket per 15 students Duration: 50 mins - no interval Suitability: 3+

monkey baa theatre company presents

pete the sheep d Bruce Based on the picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

Pete the Sheep is a brand new 50 minute musical based on Jackie French and Bruce Whatley’s quirky and quintessentially Australian picture book. Shaun is the new sheep shearer in Shaggy Gully. Since shearing is such hard work, all the other shearers have sheep dogs to help them, but not Shaun. His partner is Pete, a sheep-sheep! The other shearers in the shed are not happy with Shaun and his sheep-sheep. Following rejection by the shearers and their dogs, Shaun and Pete set up their own Shearing Salon in town where they are inundated with woolly clients who delight in Shaun’s styling prowess. This hilarious musical comedy, imaginatively told by four performers playing shearers, dogs and sheep, explores the challenges and rewards of being an individual, and will be a lasting tribute to honouring your own spirit and strength, whilst working with the flock!

friday 19 sep 6pm/saturday 20 sep 10am & 12 noon $18 per student/preschooler 1 free teacher ticket per 15 students Duration: 50 mins - no interval Suitability: 3-9 (early stage one, stage one and stage two)

Flying Fruit Fly Circus presents

control alt delete Control Alt Delete is a truly unique performance featuring the highly skilled young artists of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, aged between 10 and 18. Under the dynamic direction of award-winning director and choreographer Jodie Farrugia, this work brings together circus, physical theatre and dance to present an athletic, entertaining and moving piece of contemporary circus with emotion and meaning at the heart of every trick. When on stage the extraordinary young artists of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus become a powerful voice for their generation, with the physical skills to engage their audience on a virtuosic level and the performance skills to engage their audience on an emotional level. Homegrown, world-class circus skills, performed by Australia’s leading training company for young circus artists. Welcome to Control Alt Delete. “An essential national treasure, determined to delight. It’s hard to find more bang for your buck!” - Sydney Morning Herald

Photography by Branco Gaica

“The Flying Fruit Flies bring a priceless quality of sheer joy and youthfulness to their performances.” - The Age

wednesday 24 september 2pm & 6pm (school holidays) Adult $30, under 18 $25 Duration: 60 mins - no interval Suitability: 6+

bell shakespeare presents

henry v by william shakespeare. director damien ryan

It’s lonely at the top. When King Henry V is manipulated by church advisors, taunted by French royalty and betrayed by English nobles, he has all the ammunition he needs to lash out and invade France. Or does he? Having executed conspirators, and vanquished enemy forces in Harfleur, Henry’s army is ‘weak and sickly’ as it staggers towards a showdown at Agincourt. The night before battle, the king endures a long dark night of the soul, where he hears first-hand about the fears and frailties of his outnumbered soldiers. But Henry holds one last weapon: the power of words. And it may just save his men, his country and himself. Damien Ryan’s courageous production of Henry V promises to be an unflinching examination of the questions that Shakespeare raises; about political spin, patriotism, religion, class, monarchy, brotherhood and how leaders respond during times of crisis.

friday 10 October 8pm/saturday 11 october 8pm $18 per student 1 free teacher ticket per 15 students Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes (including interval)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SCHOOL GROUPS ARRIVAL Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the show starts. A supervising teacher should report to the Front of House Manager or Box Office to confirm numbers and any special requirements. BAGS School bags (including plastic bags containing lunch) are not permitted in the theatre and should be left at school or on the bus. Special arrangements can be made prior to arrival to leave bags in the Don Craig Room, however this is done at your own risk. We recommend that bags are clearly labelled. DURING THE SHOW Students are expected to behave appropriately when visiting the theatre and are required to respect other patrons. Please check performance running times, as groups will not be permitted to enter or leave during the performance. Students must by supervised at all times and teachers are responsible for ensuring that students do not: • Speak during the performance • Put feet on chairs • Use mobile phones (including text messaging), MP3 players or other electronic devices • Take photographs or video (including mobile phone images) • Leave the theatre unnecessarily during the performance We reserve the right to remove students who do not respect the theatre and its patrons. If there is an interval during the show, students are not permitted to leave the foyer area. ADDITIONAL NEEDS / REQUIREMENTS Please advise us as soon as possible of any additional needs for your students. We have a number of spaces allocated for wheelchairs and hearing assistance is available, however arrangements must be made in advance. WHERE TO FIND US Laycock Street Theatre Laycock Street I North Gosford I NSW 2250 Postal address PO Box 21 I Gosford I NSW 2250 Contact details Box office: 4323 3233 or 4304 7132

BOOKINGS AND CONFIRMATIONS Confirmation of final numbers and full payment are not required until four weeks prior to the performance date. For further information, please contact our Ticket Sales Administrator, t. 4304 7132 or 4323 3233

TO MAKE A BOOKING, PLEASE COMPLETE THE BOOKING REQUEST FORM OVERLEAF OR CALL 4304 7132 Laycock Street Community Theatre, is proudly owned and operated by Gosford City Council. Details are correct at time of print. Laycock Street Community Theatre, reserves the right to add, withdraw and substitute artists and vary the program should the need arise. Printed by Gosford City Council, 36 Mann Street, Gosford, February 2014

THEATRE BOOKING REQUEST FORM Please complete, sign and return this form to book your seats. Full payment is not required until four weeks prior to the performance. After this date, any unpaid seats cannot be held and may be sold to other groups. Any additional seats required after this time will be subject to availability. Please return completed form(s) to: Ticket Sales Administrator, Laycock Street Theatre, PO Box 21, Gosford, 2250. If you wish to book seats for more than one performance, please photocopy this form and complete one form per performance. Performance Name

Performance Date

Session Time

Year(s) of students attending





Number of students Number of complimentary teacher tickets


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Total Cost =$


SCHOOL DETAILS Name of school/group

Teacher’s contact name

Contact telephone number

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Postal address

I agree to the booking conditions outlined above and have authority to sign on behalf of the school/organisation: Name:_________________________________________




THEATRE FOR CENTRAL COAST SCHOOLS 2014. Laycock Street Community Theatre 2014 Education Program  
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