GOLD a play by Wendy Blaxland



Experience life at the goldfields! Students will be captivated as we bring history alive at your school through song, movement and lively performances. The stories include:

  • the Eureka stockade – told through eyewitness accounts and song
  • traditional songs the students can join in, such as “With my Swag all on my Shoulder”
  • tall tales from the gold rush times and humorous poems by Henry Lawson
  • characters including the gold publicist Edward Hammond Hargraves, and a resourceful ten-year-old orphan, Jessie.

This interactive, humorous and musical production is suitable for all K-6. It fits best the curriculum for Stages 2 and 3 (years 3-6).

Integrated Curriculum Learning


  • The gold rushes and the Eureka Stockade are significant events in Australia’s development.
  • GOLD shows the everyday life of people in colonial times, and how this differs from today.
  • Students will meet emigrants, miners, police, bushrangers and deserted wives.
  • They will see some of the wide-reaching effects of Victoria’s population multiplying by seven.

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  • GOLD addresses all three curriculum strands of language, literature and literacy.
  • It demonstrates different literary forms including narration, poetry, diary and song.

Music and Drama

  • Students listen, respond to and participate in traditional and original music.
  • They experience theatrical techniques, including narration, characterisation and climax.
  • They also observe the effects of using dialogue, movement, pace, tension and symbols.

Backing music from the production is supplied in the teaching pack.


Dates Terms 2 and 3. For specific dates, please see our calendar page
Cost $630 for up to 70 students (plus GST). Extra students $7 each. Maximum 250 students per performance
Suitability Years K-6
Length 1 hour including 10 mins Q&A
Performance space A large hall or classroom – no stage necessary. Performance space is minimum 4m deep by 5m wide.

Drama workshops and playwright seminars

We also offer both drama workshops with our actors after the performance, and seminars with award winning author and playwright Wendy Blaxland.

For more information, please visit the workshops and seminars page.


Lucy - white background“What a brilliant show! The performance was spot on, a mix of history, comedy and music, and kept the students engaged from start to finish. The script was historically correct yet simple enough for a young audience. The performers were enthusiastic and kept the show moving.”Hazelbrook Public School

“The children have learnt so much from your presentation. The play had humour as well as knowledge for them to go away with. We were delighted they all were so engaged.”Our Lady of the Nativity School

“It’s so lovely when history can come to life on the stage.”Sydney Grammar School – St Ives

Testimonials about our productions CROSSING and Pioneers in Petticoats, performed to over 20 000 students over 3 years


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