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State Educate is designed to provide high school students and teachers with the opportunity to see professional live theatre, engage with the artists, creative team and cast involved, and participate in Q&A sessions held only for these shows. We also offer backstage tours, workshops associated with our State Educate productions and specifically tailored workshops to support classroom learning. Engaging with the professionals that you have just seen performing provides an insight to theatre-making that is hard to find elsewhere.

Education resources, videos and activities for individual or classroom use are available on the State Educate Resources page. This page includes both show specific and general resources, addressing topics such as characterisation, theatre terms and playwriting.

If you have any questions, please email education@statetheatrecompany.com.au.

About State Educate 2021

State Educate offers a variety of resources for students and teachers to help them get the most out of their theatrical experience, including filmed interviews with the cast and creative team to help gain an insight to the creative and rehearsal process.

The advantages of booking State Educate performances are:

  • Daytime performances specifically for high school students. Each play is followed by a Q&A with the cast.
  • Detailed study guides with in-depth information on key themes, dramatic style, characters and design elements. Study guides also include assignment questions for continued learning back at school.
  • Tours of our annual Education Show to provide access to theatre for students in the wider metropolitan area, rural towns and regional centres.

To book a 2021 State Educate performance for your school, please check performance availability and complete the 2021 State Educate Booking Form. Information about the Euphoria regional tour is available online here.

If you have any questions, please email education@statetheatrecompany.com.au.

2021 State Educate Shows

  • State Theatre Company South Australia and Country Arts SA, in association with Flinders University present

    Euphoria


    BY EMILY STEEL

    School teacher Meg wants to start a new festival called ‘Euphoria’ to celebrate everything her country town has to offer. Former student Ethan doesn’t think there’s much to celebrate at all, until he meets Annie and hatches a plan for a campervan escape. Meg’s husband Nick wants Meg to slow down, but there’s still so much to do – get grants, make run sheets, hurry to Adelaide to win the support of the Premier. She’s spinning fast. And the rest of the town is noticing.

    Emily Steel’s Euphoria brings to life a South Australian regional community, full of love, pain, complexity and humour, with two virtuosic actors playing a range of idiosyncratic characters.

    Guidelines & Content
    Run time: Approx 80 minutes no interval
    Content Guide: Mature adult themes, discussion of mental health issues and strong coarse language.
    Curriculum links: Drama, English, Creative Arts, Health, Psychology
    Age Guide: 15•

    School performances – Space Theatre
    Friday 7 May 10.30am
    Monday 10 May 10.30am
    Tuesday 11 May 10.30am
    Wednesday 12 May 10.30am
    Thursday 13 May 10.30am

    Metropolitan & Regional tour performances from April 30 – June 15
    Chaffey Theatre, Renmark
    Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mount Gambier
    Tatiara Civic Centre, Bordertown
    Flinders University, Adelaide
    Kingscote Town Hall, Kingscote
    Murray Bridge Town Hall, Murray Bridge
    Lameroo Memorial Hall, Lameroo
    Burra Town Hall, Burra
    Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie
    Port Augusta Institute Theatre, Port Augusta
    Middleback Arts Centre, Whyalla
    Nautilus Arts Centre, Port Lincoln
    Streaky Bay Institute, Streaky Bay
    Centenary Hall, Goolwa
    Barossa Arts Centre, Tanunda

    View the full list of Euphoria tour dates, including how to book.

    For any other enquiries contact Tammy Hall at Country Arts SA or call 8444 0411.

    Commissioned by Country Arts SA

  • Slingsby and State Theatre Company South Australia in association with Adelaide Festival present

    The Boy Who Talked To Dogs


    ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY AMY CONROY FROM THE BOOK BY MARTIN MCKENNA

    PUBLISHED BY SKYHORSE PUBLISHING DEVELOPED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF DRAiOCHT ARTS CENTRE, DUBLIN 15, IRELAND

    Young Martin McKenna is a misfit. Bullied at school and misunderstood at home, his only comfort comes from sneaking off to the family coal shed to bond with his German Shepherds. This tale fuses shadow puppetry, swinging Irish music and stunning physical performance to bring Martin McKenna’s epic true story to the stage.

    Guidelines & Content
    Run time: Approx 70 minutes no interval
    Content Guide: Mature adult themes, themes of domestic violence
    Curriculum links: Drama, English, Creative Arts
    Age Guide: 12•

    School performances – Thomas Edmonds Opera Studio, Adelaide Showground
    Tuesday 23 February 11.00am
    Wednesday 24 February 11.00am
    Thursday 25 February 1.00pm
    Tuesday 2 March 11.00am
    Wednesday 3 March 11.00am
    Tuesday 9 March 11.00am
    Wednesday 10 March 11.00am
    Thursday 11 March 1.00pm

    Click here to download a map for school bus access to the venue.

  • State Theatre Company South Australis presents

    The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race


    BY MELANIE TAIT

    Penny Anderson returns to her childhood home just in time for the Appleton Show and its famous Potato Race, where the winning man’s prize is $1,000 and the winning woman’s prize is … $200? Not if Penny has anything to do with it. This is an effervescent, hilarious, and big-hearted tale about women taking action and showing the world there’s more than one way to win a race.

    Guidelines & Content
    Run time: Approx 90 minutes, no interval
    Curriculum links: Drama, English, Creative Arts, Women’s Studies
    Age Guide: 13•

    School performances – Royalty Theatre
    Thursday 10 June 10.30am
    Tuesday 15 June 10.30am

  • State Theatre Company South Australia presents the Sydney Theatre Company production

    The 7 Stages of Grieving


    BY WESLEY ENOCH AND DEBORAH MAILMAN

    The 7 Stages of Grieving traces seven phases of Aboriginal history – Dreaming, Invasion, Genocide, Protection, Assimilation, Self-Determination and Reconciliation. Defiantly funny and deeply moving, this show paints an intimate portrait of the First Nations experience in contemporary Australia.

    Guidelines & Content
    Run time: Approx 60 minutes
    Content Guide: Adult references to death and dying and coarse language.
    Curriculum links: Aboriginal Studies, Drama, English, History, Religion Studies
    Age Guide: 15•

    School performances – Space Theatre
    Thursday 29 July 10.30am
    Monday 2 August 10.30am
    Tuesday 3 August 10.30am
    Wednesday 4 August 10.30am

  • State Theatre Company South Australia presents 

    Hibernation


    BY FINEGAN KRUCKEMEYER

    It is the year 2030 and there is an immediate climate crisis. With little choice remaining, world leaders make a collective, pragmatic decision to save the planet. Gas will be launched into the atmosphere and the human population will be immediately plunged into a deep sleep, leaving the natural world to reset.

    Hibernation takes audiences all over the world as citizens forge their lives in a new wilderness. There’s only one school show so get in quickly!

    Guidelines & Content
    Run time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
    Content Guide: Adult themes and coarse language
    Curriculum links: Drama, English, Ethics, Legal Studies, Science
    Age Guide: 15•

    School performance – Dunstan Playhouse
    Thursday 19 August 10.30am
    Monday 23 August 10.30am

  • State Theatre Company South Australia presents 

    Eureka Day


    BY JONATHAN SPECTOR

    The Eureka Day School in Berkeley, California, is a bastion of progressive ideals: inclusivity, equality and social justice. But when a viral outbreak occurs at the school, parents are divided on a particularly prescient issue … vaccination. Hailed as the ‘perfect comedy for our age of disagreement’ as parents sound off in a Facebook live chat, audiences are forced to grapple with some of the biggest questions facing our community.

    Guidelines & Content
    Content Guide: Adult themes and coarse language
    Curriculum links: Drama, English, Media Studies, Psychology, Legal Studies
    Age Guide: 15•

    School performance – Dunstan Playhouse
    Thursday 18 November 10.30am

  • To book a 2021 State Educate schools show for your students, please check performance availability and complete the 2021 State Educate Booking Form.

    Information about how to book for the Euphoria regional tour is available online here.

    If you have any questions, please email education@statetheatrecompany.com.au or call Education Manager Fiona Lukac on 8415 5307.

  • A teacher subscription can range between 4-7 plays, but must include at least four of the 2021 schools shows. Teachers participating in this program will receive a Certificate of Attendance for professional development hours. Contact us when you subscribe online to register, or tick the teacher subscription box on the booking form to choose this package.

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State Educate is also supported by the Adelaide Theatre & More Social Club.