La Mama Learning Program

La Mama Learning 2024:

A woman in a 1920s motorcar drives at fast speed, grinning, the wind in her hair.

Garage Girls

(Drama, Unit 3)

By  Candace Miles, Madelaine Nunn & Anna Rodway

(The Shift Theatre & Three Birds Theatre) 

Season: Wed April 24 – Sun May 5, 2024

The Roof Is Caving In

(Drama, Unit 3)

By Frenzy Theatre

(Belle Hansen & Matilda Gibbs)

Season: Wed May 8 – Sun May 19, 2024 

A woman reaches out gripping the hand of a male with tension

Also, for a one week only, as part of their Vic touring season:


 (Drama, Unit 3)

By Janine McKenzie 

La Mama Season: Wed June 19 – Sun June 23, 2024

A woman in a Regency style dress with handwriting on it reaches forward. Behind her in shadow are two more images of her. One looks pensive and the other is looking away.

By Jane’s Hand

 (Theatre Studies, Unit 4) 

By Emma O’Brien & Olivia O’Brien, from Jane Austen 

Season: Wed July 17 – Sun Jul 28, 2024

Peter is looking to the future, hopeful of what could be?

Three Magpies Perched in a Tree

(Theatre Studies, Unit 4)

By Glenn Shea 

Season: Wed Aug 14 – Sun Aug 25, 2024

Amidst a cluster of upturned pink chairs on a blue stone pavement, Director Irine Vela, a Greek/Albanian woman in a pink jacket, gestures in frustration, flinging a chair into the air. Behind, Milad Norouzi, an Iranian man in a grey jacket, walks mid-motion.

And, in conjunction with Outer Urban Projects, 

The Audition

(Highly recommended for years 9-12)

By Christos Tsiolkas, Melissa Reeves, Milad Norouzi, Patricia Cornelius, Sahra Davoudi, Tes Lyssiotis & Wahibe Moussa, 

Season: Wed May 22 – Sun June 2 2024

The La Mama Learning Program provides opportunities for students and educators to connect with the artists and theatre-makers at Melbourne’s home of Independent theatre.

To do this, the Learning Program continues to offer a diverse range of theatre activities for students and teachers, particularly in secondary and tertiary institutions – VCE Playlist productions, after-show Forums, Education Notes, published Scripts, on-line Catch-up Study/Revision Sessions before the final exams, Professional Development Workshops, History of La Mama Talks and Tours, advice in selecting a suitable show for your group.

Our aim is to actively engage students in the process of practical investigation, to stimulate critical thinking and to encourage lively debate, as it relates to their prescribed coursework and contemporary performance. Overall we hope to promote the joy of theatre and to inspire an enduring engagement with it.

Booking Information

When booking tickets, please note:

School Tickets /option A – Concession ticket packages for VCE students and teachers are $42 pp (includes show, after-show forum and published copy of script when appropriate, with production notes);

School Tickets/ option B- $44 pp (for the above, plus postage of scripts).

School Tickets/ option C – student and teacher concession tickets for non-VCE classes and extra staff are $30 pp (includes show and after-show forum).

*Please Note: no after-show forums on Saturday nights.

For Education, enquiries and bookings contact Maureen Hartley: maureen@lamama.com.au

Venue for VCE productions : La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton, except for a/lone which will be at La Mama HQ

La Mama History talks/tours

Available on request.

Email La Mama Learning Producer: maureen@lamama.com.au


‘The Storyteller Indigenous Learning’ Workshops

Workshop Leader: First Nations Award-winning Producer Glenn Shea

Dates: Friday mornings March 1, April 19, May 3, June 7

Time: 10am – 1pm at La Mama HQ, 205 Faraday St Carlton

For more information about Glenn Shea and ‘The Storyteller Indigenous Learning’ experience, visit: indigenouslearning.com.au

For Expressions of Interest to participate in this special and unique PD opportunity, email: maureen@lamama.com.au

*This workshop is especially relevant to:

Teachers who are bringing students to Three Magpies Perched in a Tree’  (Theatre Studies Unit 4)

Teachers of Drama Unit 1 (Cultural Storytelling and Context) 

& Drama Unit 2 (Australian Identity)

*Limited number of places available per Workshop.