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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
By Rachael Coopes

Across the Great Dividing Range lies another great divide. Between us and them. Dreamed and the dreaming. Haves and have-nots. Gold and dust. Coppers and gangs. Always an us, and always a them. Changing form, skin, name. Big sparkling city chewing them up, spitting them out, pushing them over the mountains to us.

It’s Rayleen’s birthday, but she’s not getting excited. She and three other teenagers are caught in an interrogation room. Their lives overlap but their challenges are very different. In this town, the past is with you everywhere you go, looking over your shoulder, whispering songs of survival. It’s hard to live for the moment when you can’t see a future. Particularly when the past keeps closing doors.

Developed over three years as a partnership between Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and Australian Theatre for Young People, with extensive community consultation, this powerful new play looks at the experiences of generations of teenagers in Bathurst. Part drama, part music, part ghost story, it’s a personal tale that reflects experiences shared in towns across Australia. Rachael Coopes and Guy Webster, part of the creative force behind the multi-award winning Sugarland, bring to life another particularly Australian story.

Please note: This production contains coarse language and drug references.

Suitable for: Ages 14+ and their families

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

Image by Libby Dallimore

Rachael Coopes

Music and Lyrics
Guy Webster

Stephen Champion

Fraser Corfield

Kylie Shead

Technical Director
Donald Pearce

Lighting Designer
Bannon Rees

Set & Costume Design
Karl Shead

Stage Manager
Heidi Annand

Suitable for Years 11 – 12


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.


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1 hour 30 minutes (No interval)

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