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Autumn School Holidays at PP&VA

Get creative, be entertained and ignite your family’s imaginations these Autumn School Holidays at The Joan and Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of The Lewers Bequest!

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Are We There Yet?
Live On Stage

Suitable for Ages 3 – 10 and their families

The team behind the successful national tour of Magic Beach return with a new adaptation of another multi award-winning classic picture book from Alison Lester AM,  Are We There Yet?

Join 8-year-old Grace and her family on their adventurous expedition around Australia.

A celebration of family, love and diversity, this captivating show features songs, fun, quokkas. A Q&A with the cast will be run following the second performance daily. 

Dates & Times
Tuesday 18 April at 12:30pm (Relaxed Performance) & 6pm
Wednesday 19 April at 10am (Relaxed Performance) & 12:30pm

Standard Ticket $25, Family of Four Pass $90

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Enhance Your Are We There Yet? Experience with Our Drama Workshops
Road Trip Tales for Ages 5+

Don’t miss one of our exclusive drama workshops before or after a performance of Are We There Yet?. While exploring the themes of the play, participants will learn fundamental performance and improvisation skills from Q Theatre’s professional teaching artists.

Dates & Times
Pre-Show Workshop: Tuesday 18 April, 9:30am – 11:30am
Post-Show Workshop: Wednesday 19 April, 11:30am – 1:30pm

$30 per participant

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Take Home a Piece of Are We There Yet? Memorabilia

Alison Lester’s iconic Are We There Yet? Prints will be for sale from The Joan’s Box Office as well as a number of her book titles from QBD Books Penrith in the lobby before and after the shows!

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Develop your performance skills these school holidays with our series of interactive and fun drama workshops.

From learning the art of spell-binding storytelling through character development and playbuilding, to intensive workshops for script writing and monologue performance, there is something for young artists looking to build confidence on stage and behind the scenes.


Charismatic Characters

Ages 5+ | Tuesday 11 April | 9:30am – 12:30pm | $55
Learn how to create a unique character using props, costumes, their body and imagination, and then bring them to life on stage in this fun and interactive workshop.

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Playful Playbuilding

Ages 5+ | Tuesday 11 April | 1:30pm – 4:30pm | $55

Discover the art of telling a captivating story through theatrical games and creative play in this interactive workshop. Participants will then perform in front of an audience!

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Script Writing Kickstarter

Ages 13+ | Thursday 13 April | 9:30am – 3:30pm | $85

Learn to turn big ideas into a captivating script for performance. Suitable for those new to writing and those who are wanting to further develop their skills.

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Physical Theatre

Ages 9+ | Thursday 20 April | 9:30am – 3:30pm | $85

Put a spin on the classic art of clowning and explore performance physicality, discover improvisation techniques, and learn the skills to create a hilarious performance.

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Monologue Intensive

Ages 13+ | Thursday 20 April | 9:30am – 3:30pm | $85

Learn the fundamentals of interpreting a text for the stage, like script analysis, performing with intention, and holding the audience’s attention.

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Budding artists can get creative these school holidays with a range of clay and mixed media workshops inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition, Margo Lewers: A House Full of Paintings.

Explore Margo’s paintings, sculptures and gardens before creating colourful mini houses, clay succulents, or recycled plastic art. All skill levels are welcome and all materials are supplied.


Clay Succulent Garden

Ages 9 – 12 | Wednesday 12 April | 10am – 12pm | $35

Explore the interesting textures, shapes, and colours of the Gallery’s succulent garden before designing a clay garden to take home.

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Clay Flower Bowl

Ages 5 – 8 | Thursday 13 April | 10am – 12pm| $35

Messy clay play, watercolours and beautiful flowers combine in this fun workshop where young artists will create their own clay floral bowl.

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Upcycled Design

Ages 13 – 16 | Wednesday 19 April | 10am – 12pm | $35

Turn waste into art in this creative workshop where participants learn the process of upcycling soft plastics into a useful and beautiful material.

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Rainbow House

Ages 5 – 8 | Thursday 20 April | 10am – 12pm | $35

Create a beautiful rainbow lantern shaped like a miniature house! Learn to create a paper sculpture and decorate it using a layered collage.

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Colourful Paint Prints

Ages 9 – 12 | Friday 21 April | 10am – 12pm | $35

Explore process-based painting in this exciting workshop inspired by Margo Lewers. Select and mix colours that will be dripped, squashed and scrapped to reveal an abstract painting and prints.

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Are We There Yet?: Illustration by Alison Lester
Road Trip TalesPhoto by Christopher Hayles
Alison Lester Prints: Illustration by Alison Lester
Drama Workshops at The Joan: Photos by Christopher Hayles