Want the opportunity to work with playwrights and a world class dramaturg to finally finish (or start) your play? Apply to the COWSHED-we're now in our third year and here's what alums are saying:  

Peter Matheson [Cowshed Dramaturg] has been wonderful. He has pushed me to really interrogate my writing, focusing on story and building complex characters. He encourages hard work, discipline and perseverance...I think being given the opportunity to work with someone as experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about theatre/plays/playwrighting as Peter Matheson is invaluable, his passion is infectious

From being a complete novice, it has given me structure, method and ...allowed me to meet some wonderfully talented people.... I am no longer embarrassed to say 'I write'

Peter has been a fantastic resource and sounding board for me....the writing process felt a lot less solitary

No prior experience necessary, just a desire to write.  To find out more and get the application (which takes about 30 minutes), click HERE

But don't dally, applications close January 17. 

Cowshed End of Year Readings

Join us in the Cowshed for our end of year readings!
Come along to hear selections from the works-in-progress, and learn about The Cowshed and Blue Cow Theatre in 2016.
Friday, 20 November, 7pm., Moonah Arts Centre, $5 entry and cash bar.
The Cowshed – Blue Cow’s development program for playwrights – goes from strength to strength: with two scripts programmed for 2016. Blue Cow co-founder, Jeff Michel, facilitates the program while Peter Matheson, one of Australia’s leading dramaturgs, works with the playwrights throughout the year.



She was an F16 figther pilot, a rockstar of the sky. But now she's... Grounded.
Blue Cow presents this absorbing and gripping play by George Brant, coming to the Theatre Royal Backspace and Moonah Arts Centre this May and June... read more

100 Reasons for War

Blue Cow Theatre proudly presents Tom Holloway's big play about big things: the Big Bang, words, technology, Facebook, Anna Freud, Bill Clinton, gender, sport, remotes, evolution, faith, rage and chimpanzees....  read more

Cowshed 2015

The Cowshed, Blue Cow's Script Development initiative, is back after a fantastic first year filled with new, emerging and experienced writers...

“Cowshed has been a really special opportunity to work on one project over an extended period…[it] has allowed time for experimentation and new ideas to emerge out of it.”
"being a complete novice, it has given me structure, method and too many things to consider during the writing process. It has also allowed me to meet some wonderfully talented people and has made me feel that my creative thoughts may have validity. I am no longer embarrassed to say 'I write'"
"Peter's knowledge is incredible and the sessions make me ask the tough questions about my work.  The deadlines and his gentle prodding ensure that I don't keep putting off my writing."

Applications are now open, so get a moooove on and get it in before the holidays.  Applications close January 10, 2015

Click here for all the details.


Cowshed kicks off!

Blue Cow kicked off its exciting new script-development initiative on 22 February with an orientation to the fine art of dramaturgy.  

Peter Matheson giving the straight skinny on dramaturgical language.

Peter Matheson giving the straight skinny on dramaturgical language.

Peter Matheson, one of Australia's most celebrated dramaturges, met with participants over two days, conducting an in-depth group session on the jargon used to describe how plays work, and face to face sessions with each playwright on their individual project. Blue Cow was thrilled with the quality of application received and was able to accept a lucky 13 to the program this year. 

For more info on Peter Matheson, follow this link to his online resume.  

Introducing Cowshed

Blue Cow's exciting new script-development initiative is launching next year and here's your chance to get involved. But hurry. applications close 10 January 2014. 

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