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This Is How We Do it – Kids Program

Excite! Create! Play! Belong!

As apart of our This Is How We Do It program, Backbone will offer weekend workshops of interest to ages 6-16 at the East Brisbane Bowls Club. This is a fun, inclusive and inspiring space where children and young people can unleash their creativity and cultivate essential skills from industry leaders.

Guided by professional artists with extensive experience, This Is How We Do It participants create performances using their own ideas, experiences and imaginations.

As well as learning about theatre, participants gain a wide range of skills – including empathy, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, and literacy – preparing them to enter the world as global citizens and our future leaders.

At the end of each term, workshop performances are shared with an audience of friends and family. Past performances have also been featured at the Backbone Festival and Festival of Australian Student Theatre and other venues across Brisbane.

In Term 1, we are excited to offer two workshops:

Ages 6-12: Saturdays 11:00am – 12:30pm (commencing Saturday 21 April)

Ages 12-16: Saturdays 1:00pm – 2:30pm (commencing Saturday 21 April)

Register online using the form below. Age recommendation is 6-16 for all workshops. We will try to mix different ages where possible, however in general we try to keep similar age groups together and may add additional classes to accommodate.


$150 per quarter



East Brisbane Bowls Club,

38 Lytton Road, East Brisbane 4169

Our top 5 ways to get here:

  1.      Catch a city cat to the Mowbray Park Ferry Terminal and walk about 50 meters to the bowls club through picturesque Mowbray Park.
  2.      Catch a bus to the East Brisbane Bowls Club stop on Lytton Road, just outside our front door.
  3.      Ride a bike or walk using the bike paths surrounding the EBBC.
  4.      Drive to East Brisbane and park in one of the streets across the road, stop and grab sushi on the way over at some of the awesome sushi places nearby.
  5.      Drive down Shafston Avenue and turn in to Park Avenue, find a park there and walk through Mowbray Park up to the EBBC.


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Lucinda Shaw is multimodal theatre arts practitioner with three decades experience working to facilitate creative development through experiential engagement in many contexts. As a performer / teacher/ artist in residence with Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre she utilises drama pedagogy to connect children with themselves, others and nature. Previously she has taught at Moreton Institute of TAFE: Art, Theatre, Acting, Performance Studies and Relationships Education, as well as Griffith University: Dramatic Form and Communicative Performance. She has delivered workshops with Backbone and Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre and other community organisations.

She has also practiced professional as a qualified counsellor using multimodal creative therapy at Kinections.

As an Actor/Vocalist/Cabaret Artist and Songwriter she has performed original and interpreted work at major theatres/venues and festivals nationally including Livid, Woodford, Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Pride, Melt, Restrung, Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Fringe Festivals

She connects with poetic dark, tragic and romantic work and brings to this event a passion for lyrical power, a taste for grit and glamour and a love of emotionally dynamic music in theatrical spaces.

She is known as Vocalist, Lyricist and Co-composer for Silver Sircus and ISIS


Under the direction of James Lees of Electric Moon she has performed:

  • Fire Walk With Us (Twin Peaks) the Junk Bar
  • Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell) Brisbane Powerhouse
  • In the Warm Room (Kate Bush) Brisbane Powerhouse Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (David Bowie) Brisbane Powerhouse, Chapel on Chapel, The Zoo and The Tivoli
  • Transformer (Lou Reed) Cremorne QPAC and the Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Chapel on Chapel, The Zoo and The Tivoli


As well as other collaborations to perform the works of Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Joni MitchellThe Indigo Girls, The Velvet Underground and Niko.


Her theatre/drama credits include

  • We Will Not Kiss Touch Frighten You in the Dark: The Danger Ensemble
  • The Sound of a Finished Kiss: Kate Wild/Now Look Here. (development)
  • Their Name Liveth Forevermore: Backbone/Toowong Cemetery
  • The New Dead Medea Material: Kat Henry La Boite / Stella Electrica
  • Caligula: The Danger Ensemble/Judith Wright
  • Grave Effects: Vulcana /Toowong Cemetery
  • Home Fictions: Vulcana/Powerhouse
  • Cab Save :Pride/Metro
  • La Vie En Rose: Pride/Judith Wright.
  • Ophelia and Mr Fish: Magdalena / Powerhouse
  • Rubber Gloves (Film) Mullins/Kneen : Aspen/St Kilda.
  • The Tempest: La Boite
  • Blender: la Boite
  • Lizard Aliens La Boite
  • Finger painting La Boite
  • Happy End: La Boite
  • Yerma: Darwin Theatre Company

For further information contact:

Backbone Office

07 3391 8239

10 am-4:30 pm


Lucas Stibbard

Youth & Education Producer


Katherine Quigley

CEO & Artistic Director


participant registration form

To make sure we have all the info we need – and also to make sure we have enough participants for each group, please complete the online registration form below. We will use the information here to contact you via email and mobile both for information about Backbone and for specific updates about the workshops.

We invite feedback so please be in touch and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions!