Script not coming up trumps?

As a writer are you not feeling like one of the elected?

Don't be cowed - help is in sight in The Cowshed. Blue Cow Theatre's script development program is back with a new look for 2017. Read on for details, but act fast!  Applications close Sunday, February 19.

Blue Cow invites playwrights - from just starting out, to established, and anyone in between - to apply to join the Cowshed, Blue Cow Theatre Inc.’s script development program.

For the fourth consecutive year, Blue Cow will team 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."

There are 12 spaces in the Cowshed for 2017 - see below for the details.

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

What do you get?

  • Three weekends of face-to-face meetings on your own work;
  • Three group workshops on specific skills;
  • Two phone conferences; 
  • A final sharing;
  • Plus assorted casual catch ups throughout the year as well as scheduled group discussions with local theatre practitioners on various topics.  

PLUS, NEW THIS YEAR.... it is essential for playwrights to read, see and experience as much theatre as possible, so Blue Cow has arranged a very special series of opportunities for Cowshed participants this year.  In addition to the above, Cowshedders will also receive:

  • A FREE ticket to all Blue Cow Theatre productions;
  • A FREE ticket to 3 Theatre Royal productions: Dracula, Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday; and, The Popular Mechanicals;
  • A FREE ticket to of each Tasmanian Theatre Company's productions;
  • And a FREE ticket to two Loud Mouth Theatre productions. 
  • N.B. all free tickets will be for select performances only and not transferable.

This amounts to over $500 worth of tickets for each participant (more that the cost of enrolling in the Cowshed!!).

This exclusive theatre ticket package is made possible through the very generous support of our partners: The Theatre Royal, The Tasmanian Theatre Company, and Loud Mouth Theatre. 

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.

And What Else?
What more do you want?  Seriously, now it's our turn, we'll want 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.

Throughout 2017.  Applications due February 19.

Based here in Hobart, but ALL are welcome.

Blue Cow Theatre is committed to Tasmanian artists and to supporting them to develop their stories.  Blue Cow has produced five new works by Tasmanian writers over its 7 years, and toured two of these works through Tasmania and nationally.  In 2016 two works developed through the Cowshed received fully professional productions by Blue Cow. We want to cultivate new voices and new work so apply now and get to work telling your story.

How (much)?
Our price hasn't changed in four years.  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 19 February 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified by 24 February 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 Session: Peter Matheson Weekend Residency #1 and Orientation for first timers.
Orientation meeting + workshop for newcomers + private session with Peter
25 & 26 March 2017. Times TBA

2nd Session: Phone Conference I
Between 21 - 26 May, 2017

3rd Session: Peter Matheson Weekend Residency #2
Private session with Peter + group workshop & discussion
1 & 2 July 2017. Times TBA

4th Session: Phone Conference II
Between 8 - 11 September 2017

5th Session: Peter Matheson Weekend Residency #3 and Final Sharing
Private session with Peter + group workshop & discussion + sharing of selected pieces.
8, 9, & 10 December 2017, with a reading on the evening of the 8th.  Times TBA.


All Peter Matheson residencies will endeaver to kick off with a casual drinks meeting the Friday night he arrives and in anticipation of the phone sessions.  Other casual meetings will be arranged throughout the year.


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