Northcote Town Hall 189 High St, Northcote VIC 3070
Wednesday 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Saturday 11:15am - 1:15pm
Term 1 28 January – 28 March
Term 2 14 April – 29 June
Term 3 13 July – 19 September
Term 4 5 October – 19 December
Our 9-12-year-old workshops provide children with an outlet for thinking differently, making creative choices and interpreting existing ideas in surprising ways.
We see our students as young creators. At this age they’re full of thoughts and opinions and we want to hear them.
In each workshop we offer the group a creative stimulus based on the themes of our company-wide investigation.
It could be an excerpt from a book, a piece of music or a YouTube clip. Our young people may draw or collage their responses, use storytelling or improvisation, they may physicalise their feelings or cut up a script and make something new out of it.
We focus on improvisation so that everyone discovers collaboration, gets to know each other and creates a strong group spirit.
We work together physically and vocally to explore a range of different performance models, including physical theatre and techniques for devising new work.
Workshop participants are encouraged to push beyond their first impulse, to think critically and to creatively discover something new.
They may be asked to research, analyse texts, deconstruct issues, and realise their ideas. They’re encouraged to observe, respond and take artistic risks so they can develop their skills as performers.
Over the year we build a concept for performance and at the end of terms 2 and 4 each class performs a small, devised ‘sharing’ for friends and family.
Our students discover contemporary performance and most importantly, they explore who they think are and who they think they can be.
Learn more about our workshop philosophy and workshop artists here.
“Adults usually tell children what the world is like. At St Martins, we ask the children first. Their answers offer us the most surprising and beautiful perceptions of the world, a world we thought we knew.”
— Luke Kerridge, Artistic Associate
The last fifteen minutes of every workshop is open to families to see their children at play. Families are also warmly invited to join in a ‘sharing’ during the last session of each term.
If you’d like your child to participate in a workshop at St Martins, but feel they can’t due to disability, cultural background, financial challenges or other barriers, you can apply for an inclusion scholarship or engage in one of our outreach programs. Discover more here.
Family discount: enrol a 2nd child and receive 15% off your tuition fee.
Concession: apply your concession card for 25% off.
To apply for a discount or concession, kindly contact our office on (03) 9867 2477.
For enrolment enquiries please contact our Workshops Coordinator.