'OUT THE GATE' Schools Programme

Nelson Arts Festival is proud to present the opportunity for school students of all ages to experience world class performances, at accessible prices, right here in Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough.

Reduced price tickets are available to schools thanks to generous support from sponsors, funding agencies and private donations. Thank you to those whose generosity enables us to offer these opportunities to our young people.

Kaput | Aperture | Cellfish | Workshops | Cultural Conversations

Kaput is a multi-award winning family show that has enthralled audiences of all ages with slapstick, acrobatics and total silliness.

Click here for more information on Kaput.

Where: Suter Theatre
When: Wed 23 Oct, 10am
Duration: 60 mins, no interval - plus Q&A with performer Tom Flanagan
Price: $7
Recommended age: 5+ years

Aperture is a new play about Ans Westra and the beginnings of her long and influential career as one of New Zealand's best-known social documentary photographers. 

Click here for more information on Aperture.

Where: Suter Theatre
When: Fri 25 Oct, 1.30pm
Duration: 70 mins, no interval - plus Q&A
Price: $12
Recommended year groups: Years 11 - 13


Cellfish - where hardened inmates come fact-to-face with a whole new nightmare: Shakespeare classes with Miss Lucy!

Click here for more information about Cellfish.

Warning: This production contains coarse language, the depiction of domestic violence and abuse, gunshot sounds and the use of haze. 

Where: Suter Theatre
When: Fri 18 Oct, 11am
Duration: 90 mins, no interval - plus Q&A
Price: $12
Recommended year groups: Years 12 & 13 only

Learn how to put your body on the line for laughs with the Rollicking Entertainment duo.

Depending on students' ages, workshops are available in:

  • Slapstick and Physical Comedy
  • Circus Skills
  • Introduction to Performance

Where: in schools.
A suitable room is needed with space to move. Depending on the focus of the workshop, gym mats may be needed.

Dates available:

  • Tue 22 Oct - Blenheim
  • Wed 23 - Fri 25 Oct - Nelson & Tasman

Suitable for years 1-8

Duration and cost:

  • 60 minutes - $300 (ex GST)
  • 90 minutes - $350 (ex GST)

This year’s Festival has a designated space hosted by communities from different cultural backgrounds, to encourage informal conversations around arts and culture.

Schools are invited to come to visit and spend time with groups from Bhutan, Colombia and Sri Lanka.

Click here for more information about Cultural Conversations.

Where: Festival Tent, Upper Trafalgar Street (please note change of venue)
When: Sat 19 - Sun 27 Oct
The schedule is still being worked out. Please contact Annetta if you are interested in bringing a group. 

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