Home school youth theatre performance workshop

Home-school Youth Theatre performance workshops are for anyone interested in taking their child’s love of performance one step further.

Aimed at ages 15 to 17, with a little wiggle room, this 10 week performance based workshop will allow participants to take their acting a little seriously, and gain an understanding of what goes on putting together an intimate & immersive theatrical experience.

Term One 2020 performance workshop      Term starts 22 January 2020


Mo's Desert House, Burleigh Heads.


Tuesday and Thursdays. 11am - 2:00pm


Wednesday evening April 1 at 7:30pm
Thursday evening  April 2 at 7:30pm





In this extraordinary play, a "room" and a "cage" and "people" and "captive birds" all become confused until a dramatic climax in which we suddenly see reality. Six people live in a locked room, each absorbed in her own petty interest and in placating the "Mistress" who takes care of them. Then a "Wild One" is thrust in among them. She talks of breaking out of the cage to find freedom. She troubles the others who remain secure in their cage, and they all join against her in the shattering conclusion to this unforgettable play that offers eight actresses an unusual opportunity.

Cast of 8. Male or Female

Registration closes 31st October 2019

Cost: $575 per student. ($28.75 per lesson)

Registration fee: $75.00 *Non refundable 

*Non refundable booking fee, secures participants place in the program, pay's for the show rights and scripts before the term starts. The remainder to be paid before start of program 22nd January 2020

Cast of Characters

The author states that no character is based on a specific bird, but they could have bird-like characteristics, particularly in movement & look. Each bird seems to have its own particular repetitive song, but the intent behind the words should be made plain in each different scene. Exploring the text and the intent/emotion behind he words, whilst creating the character will provide much interest during rehearsals.

The Long Tongued Gossip. (The Cockatoo)   

Clearly enjoys the gossip in their small claustrophobic world. A snob who feels they are a cut above everyone else. There is a great deal of humor to be found in this part.

The Mirror-Eyed Gazer  (The Peacock)         

Elegant, self-absorbed and self-aware. They pose and gaze in a mirror, intent on making the most of their assets. A showy kind of bird with a certain theatricality about themselves, in movement and vocal delivery.

The Medicated Gloom  (The Ibis)                 

A hypochondriac who enjoys bad health. Always looks on the dark side of life. Obsessed with their ailments. Could have an accent to stress the humor here.

The Regular Thump        (The Owl)                

A grumpy person who calls a spade a spade, has a grim look on almost every minority. Wants to rid the bird cage of anyone who does not think or look like them. They are a bit of a racist.

The Constant Twitting     (The Budgerigar)        

Cannot make a decision. Dizzy and mindless, she sits on the fence (or her perch) and dithers about. She is the one who is most influenced by the arrival of The Wild One but is very fearful of committing herself to anything. She is disturbed by the sudden glimpse of a freer, more exciting world.

The Great Guzzler         (The Pigeon)             

A glutton in love with food. His/Her preoccupation with eating can be shown on the face as well as in the voice. He loves the good things in life. He adds a great deal of comedy to the cage. Pompous, self-opinionated, could be Jamie Oliver or some other reality t.v. chef of the bird cage?

The Wild One               (The Sparrow)          Female Only

She brings the outside world into the enclosed cage and offers the inhabitants a glimpse of freedom, open air, space to fly, sunshine and excitement. She is very physical and energetic in movement, voice, and emotion. She cuts a colorful, outlandish, modish figure. A rebel who refuses to conform or settle for a quiet life, she has a strong desire to be a free spirit. A leader and a mover and shaker.

The Mistress                    (The Human)         Female Only

The owner of the birdcage. Smiley, benign, patronizing, jolly and bossy. She breezes in and out like a child who plays with her pets.

The above make up designs are inspiration towards what I am aiming to achieve for for each participant, depending on their bird. In the end design will be decided upon Make up professional & costing.


Participants will wear all black or clothing with colours/style of their particular bird. More details will be given before start of workshop.

For reference of production this is a version of its performance found on Youtube by the Medford High School Drama Club (Medford MA), 2/25/16.

Please noteThe Drama Merchant's version will differ in look & style.