No 1. for teen drama! Budding Theatre specialises in challenging and engaging Canberra youth theatre courses catering to teenage actors who are taking the next steps...


Budding Theatre specialises in challenging and fun drama courses catered to teenage actors ages 13-18 (confident 12 year olds accepted) who wish to gain confidence and develop professional level skills in drama and theatre. This is an ideal place for older performers looking to meet and work with like-minded peers on more advanced productions in an environment that appreciates the unique talents and needs of teen performers. Budding Theatre classes are unlike any other in Canberra as each script is adapted and catered to the students in the class, ensuring that each performer is challenged with a named role and lines. All teen courses are taught by company director Kirsty Budding. Read more about the Budding Theatre experience for teens…

What TEEN students say…

"I have been involved in Budding Theatre for almost five years now, and I love everything about it. The community of people is amazing and I always have so much fun in every show they do, and Kirsty has taught me so much over the years. I recommend any teens who want to do more performing to get involved in Budding Theatre!" - Vivien, 14

"I really like Budding Theatre. It’s a real family atmosphere. Everyone is really friendly. It’s given me more confidence." - Lexie, 15

"The opportunity to perform in these shows has been life changing for me... I am without a doubt going to continue working with Budding Theatre again in the future, I have learned so much from everyone there, in particular Kirsty Budding. If you are interested in a career in the performing arts, I definitely recommend either auditioning for one of the upcoming productions, or getting involved in the drama classes." - Elliot, 18

"I have been enjoying the theatre classes immensely, and have found them a fantastic place to develop my skills." - Ella, 16

"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. Kirsty writes excellent plays and is always producing exciting new content." - Breanna, 14

"Fantastic in every aspect." - Lily, 14

"Budding Theatre is a place where creatives/performers of all ages and experience levels can develop their skills and perform. Everyone is part of the family at Budding Theatre." - Matilda, 18


Kirsty Budding Canberra


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, Romeo & Juliet) and is currently working on a new collection of dramatic monologues. In 2019, Kirsty is keeping busy operating her theatre company, judging theatre, writing and privately tutoring students.

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Inspired by hit shows like ‘The Play that Goes Wrong’ and ‘Noises Off’ comes this original play by Kirsty Budding written for comedy-loving teen (13-18) performers. Want to see the kind of play in store? Scroll down to see a video preview of The Play that Goes Wrong.

PLOT: The Budding Theatre teen drama class want to present “A Christmas Carol” at Belconnen Theatre, but it goes horribly, TERRIBLY wrong. Whether it’s Jim AKA Bob Cratchit missing his cue, Laura AKA Narrator missing the spotlight and narrating in darkness, or Nigel AKA Scrooge tripping and knocking over the giant Christmas Tree, things simply do not go to plan and the results are hilarious. This dynamic play requires actors to play two roles: the role of an actor and the role of the character their actor is supposed to be playing (some may also be cast as angry stage managers, frustrated lighting operators and face-palming directors!). A true farce and hilarious Christmas entertainment for all!

The 8-week course ends in a free public production at Belconnen Theatre on the night of Thursday 12 December. Get the family together and enjoy a Christmas comedy featuring talented teens.


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