your script awakens

A long time ago at a writing desk far far away, Blue Cow Theatre Inc, began the Cowshed to help you develop your script.  Now in our third year, applications are open.

So what are you waiting for?  Get a mooooove on, apply to Blue Cow's script development program by January 17... and may the muse be with you.

Blue Cow invites established playwrights, mid career playwrights, emerging playwrights and anyone else with a tale to tell, to apply to join the Cowshed, Blue Cow Theatre Inc.’s script development program.  Continue reading for more info or click HERE to apply.

For the third year running, Blue Cow has teamed up with one of Australia’s leading dramaturges, Peter Matheson, to help you whip that play into shape. 

"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."

We’ve got 12 spaces in the Cowshed for 2016, 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 as well as the opportunity to attend previews of our shows at discounted prices.

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 2016. The Orientation is 6 -7 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 5 years and will produce TWO new works developed in the Cowshed in 2016.  We want to cultivate new voices and new work so apply now and get to work telling your story.   

How (much)– All this can be yours for $396 including GST.

"[The Cowshed] 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'".

Interested? Excellent! Apply online HERE.  (The process takes on average 30 minutes)

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 midnight, Sunday 17 January 2016.

Successful applicants will be notified by 22 January 2016.

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.  

We appreciate life is busy, so if there is a conflict, please disclose it in the comment box on the application form and continue to apply anyway.  Blue Cow will 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 + workshop for newcomers + private session with Peter
6 - 7 February 2016

2nd Weekend: Peter Matheson Residency #2
Private session with Peter + group workshop & discussion
over 19 & 20 March 2016. Times TBA

Phone Conference I
Between 13 - 16 May, 2016

3rd Weekend: Peter Matheson Residency #3
Private session with Peter + group workshop & discussion
over 16 & 17 July, 2016. Times TBA

Phone Conference II
Between 16 - 19 September 2016

4th Weekend: Peter Matheson Residency #4 & Final Sharing
Private session with Peter + group workshop & discussion + sharing of selected pieces
over 19 & 20 November 2016, with a possible reading on the evening of the 18th. 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'.  Plus, you'll be notified of grant opportunities, and play readings as they arise and have the opportunity to attend previews of Blue Cow shows at discounted prices.

Blue Cow Theatre Inc is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.