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The Climbing Tree


Lennox Theatre


22 November - 24 November 2018

Event Type

Live Event

Riverside Theatres and Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre in association with Australian Theatre for Young People present


Written by Rachael Coopes
Directed by Stephen Champion

The Climbing Tree is a beautiful new work that examines what lies beneath the surface in  a regional town. It is about the ‘authority’ teenagers are always answerable to and have been for centuries.

The story follows four teenagers connected one day by an unexpected incident. There’s nothing revolutionary in their actions, nothing extraordinary in their lives. But something goes wrong and one of them is forced to answer questions that could affect the rest of her life and everyone else’s. … But she is not alone.  Many of these questions have been asked before in this place, answered by people her age.  But their experiences are different. The slow singing of time has seen it play out in so many ways. This is a town of ghosts. Sometimes they are a comfort. Usually they just make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.

Part play, part ghost story, part musical and wholly theatrical, The Climbing Tree is a story to light the imaginations of audiences of all ages.

This show celebrates a town with an extraordinary history seen through the eyes of characters that are just finding their feet.

Suitable for Ages 14+ and their families
Please note this production contains coarse language and drug references.

Dates & Times:
Thursday 22 November at 11am and 7:30pm
Friday 23 November at 7:30pm
Saturday 24 November at 7:30pm

Jayla-Shae Davey
Tim Hansen
Janda Nichols
Madelaine Osborn
Jack Walton

Playwright Rachael Coopes
Music and Lyrics Guy Webster
Director Stephen Champion
Dramaturg Fraser Corfield
Producer Kylie Shead
Technical Director Donald Pearce
Lighting Designer Bannon Rees
Set & Costume Design Karl Shead
Stage Manager Heidi Annand

Suitable for Years 11 – 12

FROM THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR This is a wonderful opportunity for students to see youth from Australian regional areas reflected on stage. Developed using audience engagement over an extended period of time, this is an authentic experience which will extend your students life knowledge inside and outside of school. Told in a compelling and engaging way, the intrigue of this ghost story is sure to pique your students’ interest. CURRICULUM LINKS Download the Curriculum Links here: The Climbing Tree Curriculum Links SCHOOLS BOOKINGS Download information on how to book here: How to Book Download Riverside’s Risk Assessment here: 2018 Risk Assessment ACCESS Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside LEARNING RESOURCE PACK  Download the Learning Resource Pack here: Climbing Tree Learning Resource Pack


Available Dates

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Show dates


1 hour 30 minutes (No interval)

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