“It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life… It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey…”


Join us in Term 2 2019 (Sundays 6.15-7.15pm) for a roaring stage adaptation of the classic American novel, The Great Gatsby. Set in wealthy Long Island during the Roaring Twenties, the cautionary tale follows the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his pursuit of the beautiful Daisy Buchannan, as told through the eyes of Daisy’s cousin, Nick Carraway. Recently re-imagined in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, teen actors will relish the opportunity to perform in this decadent and iconic tale.

This course is ideal for teen performers (13-18) who want a real dramatic challenge as well as fantastic fun in a Roaring Twenties themed production. This course ends in a free public performance of The Great Gatsby at Belconnen Theatre at 8pm on Sunday 23 June.

Term 2 class dates 2019 (classes run Sundays 6.15-7.15pm Weeks 1-8 of school term):

  • Sunday 5 May: Orientation & Audition.

  • Between Class 1 & 2, parents & teens receive script and role email.via email.

  • Sunday 12 May: Read through with cast

  • Sunday 19 May: Rehearsal and direction

  • Sunday 26 May: Rehearsal and direction

  • Sunday 2 June: Rehearsal and direction

  • Sunday 9 June: Rehearsal and direction

  • Sunday 16 June: Full run of show. EXTENDED 2 HOUR CLASS at Belconnen Theatre. 6.15-8.15pm

  • Sunday 23 June: Show time: 8pm – The Great Gatsby (arrive 6.30pm for rehearsal) Venue: Belconnen Theatre. FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE with 140 seats available for family, friends and the general public.

Prerequisite: students enrolling in this course must be committed to learning lines outside of class. Some of the roles involve extensive lines and emotional range.

2019 FEES: $275 per term

Classes Venue: Playing Field Studio, corner of Barry Drive & Kingsley St, Acton. Enter via Canberra Dance Theatre.

Students and parents will receive audition prep instructions after enrolment so that they can prepare for the first class.


“My daughter has had a great time performing and participating in classes with Budding Theatre. She gets along well with the other kids and it's a comfortable inclusive atmosphere.” - Ainslie, Wanniassa

“We have found Budding Theatre to be very professional, uses excellent communication methods, produces theatre productions of a high quality that the kids love performing in!” - Sarah, Macgregor

My two teenagers have been participating in Budding Theatre courses and shows for the past year and have enjoyed every moment. They have learned much about theatre and the experience has only strengthened their love of this art form. Kirsty Budding is an inspiring and empowering teacher! - Kirsty Hollow, Wanniassa

“I have been performing with Budding Theatre for 4 years this year and I love it so much. When I started I had little to no performance experience and was very shy. I have now developed my skills and made friends I’ll have for a long time.” - Breanna Kelly, age 14

Budding Theatre is a fantastic company that offers so many wonderful opportunities to youth and adults. My first production with BT was Little Women, and it was an amazing opportunity and taught me many things. - Ella Buckley, age 16

I have learned so much from everyone, in particular Kirsty Budding. If you are interested in a career in the performing arts or you are even just looking for something fun to over the holidays I definitely recommend either auditioning for one of the upcoming productions, or getting involved in the drama classes. - Elliot Cleaves, age 17

Tutor: Kirsty Budding BA DipEd MSt (ANU). Originally from the UK, Kirsty performed widely in theatre before moving to Australia and developing a career in theatre and education. She has been shortlisted for the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwright’s Award (2008) and has won the Canberra New Playwright’s Award (2008); the Canberra Area Theatre Award for Best Original Work (2014); the Short+Sweet Festival Best Script Award (2016); the Screencraft Short Screenplay Contest, Los Angeles (Finalist 2017); and the ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Fiction (2018) for her debut book, Paper Cuts: Comedic and Satirical Monologues for Audition or Performance. Kirsty has directed a range of youth and adult productions (most recently Little Women & Miracle on 34th St) and is currently working on a new collection of monologues.