The Cowshed is back!

Blue Cow Theatre Inc.'s script development initiative is on again in 2015.

Is the daily grind milking your writing mojo?

Has your creative writing been cowed into status updates as your only outlet? 

Are you udderly at a loss for how to develop your play?

.....well be at a loss no more. 

Blue Cow, Hobart's artist driven theatre company, invites established playwrights, mid career playwrights, emerging playwrights and wannabes, (this means you) to apply to join the Cowshed 2015, Blue Cow Theatre Inc.’s playwright development program. 

Once again Blue Cow is lucky enough to team up with one of Australia’s leading dramaturgs, Peter Matheson, to help you craft that script you know you can write.  We’ve got 12 spaces in the Cowshed for 2015, and that unfolds throughout the year:

It’s the Full Cream approach to hone your 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 some casual catching up 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 2015. The Orientation is 7 – 8 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 three new works by Tasmanian writers over its 4 years. We want to cultivate new voices and new work and we want to present at least one work developed in the Cowshed by 2017. 

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

Interested? Excellent! Apply online here.

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

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 10pm, Saturday, 10 January 2015.

Successful applicants will be notified by 16 January 2015.

Cowshed dates & general info

Listed below are the dates of the Cowshed Weekends 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.

1st Weekend: Orientation & Peter Matheson Residency #1
Orientation meeting + private session with Peter
7 – 8 February 2015

2nd Weekend: Peter Matheson Residency #2
Private session with Peter + group workshop
over 7 & 8 March 2015. Times TBA

Phone Conference I
Between 9 & 10 May, 2015

3rd Weekend: Peter Matheson Residency #3
Private session with Peter + group workshop
over 18 & 19 July, 2015. Times TBA

Phone Conference II
Between 19 & 20 September 2015

4th Weekend: Peter Matheson Residency #4 & Final Sharing
Private session with Peter + group workshop + sharing of selected pieces
over 21 & 22 November 2015, with a possible reading on the evening of the 20th. Times TBA

Cowshed is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts, The Friends' School and the Alabama Hotel.