Blue Cow Theatre Inc, Hobart’s artist driven theatre company wants to know:

Where is YOUR play?

A) bottom drawer of the desk;

B) under the mattress;

C) on a floppy disc…somewhere;

D) in my head, waiting to be released;

 E) in the COWSHED.

If you chose E, you’re on the right track.

Blue Cow invites established playwrights, mid career playwrights, emerging playwrights and wannabes, (this means you) to apply to join the Cowshed, Blue Cow Theatre Inc.’s playwright development program. 

That’s right, the folks at Blue Cow have teamed up with one of Australia’s leading dramaturges, Peter Matheson, to help you whip that play into shape.  We’ve got 12 spaces in the Cowshed for 2014, and that unfolds throughout the year:

It’s the Full Cream approach to hone you writing chops you won’t want to miss,

So here’s the skinny.

Who? – Yourself, other Tasmanian writers, and Peter Matheson – wow!  Check out his qualifications here.

What? – An orientation weekend; three weekends of face-to-face meetings and group workshops; two phone conferences; a final sharing and assorted casual catch ups throughout the year.

What else? – A lot of work from you!  You’ll be writing and re-writing throughout the year and meeting deadlines agreed upon between you and Peter.  Don’t be scared, you’ll love it.

And What Else? – Opportunities to work with other playwrights; bounce ideas off each other; talk shop; read each other’s work and plays from around the world; and have a blast. 

When? – Throughout 2014. The Orientation is 22 – 23 February. Full list of dates below.

Where? – Based here in Hobart, but ALL are welcome.

Why? – Blue Cow Theatre is committed to Tasmanian artists and helping them to develop their stories.  Blue Cow has produced two new works by Tasmanian writers over its 3 years. We want to cultivate new voices and new work so we can present a piece that has been developed in the Cowshed by 2017. 

How (much)– All this can be yours for $360 including GST.

Interested? Excellent! Apply online here.

Having trouble or unable to complete an online form? Contact us at, give your name and a phone number where we can reach you.

APPLICATIONS DUE 5pm, Friday 10 January 2014.

Successful applicants will be notified by 20 January 2014.

Cowshed dates & general info

Listed below are the dates of the Cowshed orientation, Peter Matheson residencies and phone conferences. Please check them against your calendar now and confirm you can attend. These sessions are obligatory. 

If there is a conflict, please disclose it in the comment box on the application form and continue to apply and express your interest in the Cowshed. Blue Cow may then consider your application in light of the complication and we may contact you if necessary to discuss further. Blue Cow needs this information to consider future offerings and to find solutions should a majority of applicants have such complications.

22 – 23 February 2014

Peter Matheson Residency #1
Private session with Peter + group workshop
over 29 & 30 March 2014. Times TBA

Phone Conference I
between 24 & 26 May, 2014

Peter Matheson Residency #2
(private session with Peter + group workshop)
over 26 & 27 July, 2014. Times TBA

Phone Conference II
Between 26 & 29 September 2014

Peter Matheson Residency #3 & Final Sharing
Private session with Peter + group workshop + sharing of selected pieces
over 6–7 December 2014. Times TBA

All Peter Matheson residencies will have a casual drinks meeting the Friday night before and in the evenings to catch up, debrief, network and relax. Casual meetings will be arranged throughout the year to touch base, rejoice in your creative flow, or help to break through any 'block'.

Cowshed is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.