Live History! for Schools

 Productions Suitable for Primary School Students

1) HER STORY  – lasts forty five minutes at the Cascades Female Factory.   Students accompany, the newly arrived convict woman, Mary James as she lives her experiences around the punitive yards of the Female Factory.

Grades Three onwards can gain huge understanding from our Her Story performance.   Her Story is interactive and there is plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion afterwards.

OR to save money on coach travel – Live History can bring Her Story to your school!

2) THE OLD SCHOOL – lasts for thirty minutes at your school.

This makes a terrific special event for School Anniversaries or Concerts! It is also ideal to incorporate in a unit on History. Live History Productions will come to your school and re-enact a 19th century classroom. Our unique presentation will give students the opportunity to experience school as it was back then. Students fully participate in the classroom activities and gain a memorable understanding of Old School life. They are encouraged to dress in the costume of the time and will meet the Headmaster and  their teacher. The words of “God Save our Gracious Queen” and the old school bell, will ring out again! Memory verses, copy books … and did we mention the cane? Suggested only!!



Important adjunct to both history and literature units.

Australian classic verse by Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson is brought to life by professional actors in this unique presentation of the history of sheep and shearing. Pioneer life will be portrayed to encourage students to think about life back then.  Questions and answers with the actors.

4) HER STORY is very suitable for secondary students: This unique presentation will bring the Female Factory to life for them in a way which will engage them! Adults and students alike are totally engaged in Her Story.

Expose your students to this unique performances as a way of not only expanding their understanding of history, but of theatre and the arts! Without exception, students at all levels of education gain from the Live History experience.

Special, Affordable School Rates Available.  Contact us for prices.

Email: or Phone : 03 62 298959

Latest News!

National History Curriculum

With the new national History Curriculum focusing on Australian history for our Primary Middle school grades our production of The Old School is really coming into its own. Likewise, secondary students studying our Australian literature and poetry need to see The Sheep’s Back.

Recently, The Old School lived again through New Town Primary’s 2 Grade 3 classes.  Rather than go to their school and convert a classroom into a space resembling something from the 19th century, the location of the school meant students could simply walk over to the St John’s complex. There, we had the use of the old Sunday School’s convict -built sandstone building.

Stephen Hughes and his wife Maria  ran the New Town State School from 1862 – 1888.

Their lives were re-lived as the old school bell rang out again.  On being questioned afterwards, the children all agreed that “it’s better now and we are glad we don’t get the cane!” (by  the way nobody did get the cane on the day it was only suggested!)

Children Live History at The Old School.










Reviews for Live History Productions :

“Brilliant”- Huonville Primary School

“That was fantastic – we’re coming again next year!” – Somerset College, Queensland

“The kids were so quiet, you could hear a pin drop!” – Youngtown Primary School, Launceston.

” A Fantastic experience for our Grades Nine and Ten History Group. They and we, really enjoyed it. Strongly recommended” – Kings Meadows High School, Launceston.



  1. Peter Beckett KMHS
    Posted October 28, 2008 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Thanks for a fantastic experience for our Grade Nine and Ten History group – they, and we, really enjoyed your performance. Strongly recommended!!!

  2. Judith
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    To Judith and Chris,
    Our school has been offering Tasmania as a destination, on alternate years, to our senior school students. Our visits have always been successful, due mostly to the historical sites and the activities that Tasmania offer. This year in March we returned with a group of 60. The staff are always interested in the history focus for our students, but we also want them to experience this in a memorable way. After finding the link to Louisa’s Walk on the internet, contact was made with Judith, so that we could arrange a time to fit into what was an already a busy schedule. Judith was flexible with times and willingly agreed adapt her performance to meet the needs of our students. The concentration and involvement of the students and staff during the walk was an indication of the success of the performance by Chris and Judith. One of staff members enjoyed his role of gaol guard far too much! When the students returned to school they requested walking Maths and English classes, just like Louisa’s Walk!
    Thank you to Chris and Judith for their enthusiasm and dedication to the education of this next generation. I recommend Louisa’s Walk as a necessary item on the itinerary for all schools visiting Tasmania. A great way to learn!

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