Ballet slippers are sitting on newspaper on a table with paints and other craft items on a shelf behind.

This school holidays, join the Library for a stage design workshop! 

Performing Arts is all about creativity and imagination – and is more than just the play, script or music being performed. Set design and costume design play a major role in every performance. 

Open to young people between 8 and 15 years old, this workshop will provide participants with inspiration from the Library's performing arts collections, and the materials, to design and draw their own costumes for a play or performance, and create the stage set design using common craft materials.

Participants can draw from a selection of scenes from plays provided, or they can use their own imagination and “stage” a play of their own creation. All designs and materials used at the workshop can be taken home at the end of the workshop. 

Participants will also get a short tour of the Library's On Stage: Spotlight on Our Performing Arts exhibition as part of the program. 

Bookings are essential for this workshop

Can't make the 2pm-4pm workshop? Details for an earlier session of the same workshop, taking place from 10am-12pm on the same day (Wednesday 20 April), are also available online.

Image at top: Walter Stringer, Backstage, Her Majesty's Theatre Melbourne, New York City Ballet Australian tour [detail], 1958,

Type Special event