school holiday workshops


Local Stages at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre is setting a challenge for creative kids aged 5 to 15.

On Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th January 2022, young performers will join forces with local theatre makers Nel Kentish and Gabrielle Aubrey to make a play from start to finish in less than two days.

Participants will experiment with all aspects of theatre: developing characters, writing scenes, set building, lighting design, and even choreography and song writing.

This two-day, hands-on workshop puts the participants’ ideas at the centre of the creative process. Participants are encouraged to bring their ideas, their funniest voice, and their weirdest costume piece along for the creative incubator. Participants will then dig through costume and props boxes to make their characters come to life, and develop them through drama games, acting exercises, and devising activities.

Groups will be divided up by ages (numbers pending) to develop the show.

Families and friends are invited to attend the performance on Thursday 20th  January at 3:30pm at BMEC.

Lead workshop facilitator, Nel Kentish, says that the workshop is set to be the best kind of madness. “There’s nothing like getting a group of creative young people together and giving them the chance to just make whatever comes out of their head,” she says. “We will have all sorts of props and other resources on hand to support their ideas – maybe we’ll make a musical? Maybe we’ll make a horror show? I’m up for anything!”

The cost is $80 per participant for the two days. Creative Kids vouchers are accepted. Enrolments are now open, contact BMEC Box office to register phone 6333 6161 (note, you cannot enrol online, please call Box Office during business hours).


Photo: Young actors during the January school holiday drama workshops, January 2019. Photo by Chris Seabrook

Nel Kentish 0402 178 310
Kylie Shead (BMEC) 0416 250 269


Where is BMEC?

BMEC is located at 105 William St, Bathurst.

Who is this workshop for?

Any creative performer aged 5 to 15.

What should participants bring:

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
A water bottle

What should participants wear?

Clothes they can move in (tights under skirts and dresses preferable).

My child is 5 but hasn’t started school yet. Is this workshop for them?

All children and young people aged 5 to 15 are welcome, however, be mindful that, depending on enrolment numbers, there may be a mix of ages. If your child is used to being around children of all ages, then absolutely this workshop is for them!