Inclusive School Holiday Workshops


Speak Up Studio’s school holiday workshops are where creative kids come to make friends, have fun and express themselves. Our school holiday program focusses on developing self-confidence, communication skills and creativity through drama, musical theatre, acting and craft.
Unsure of which workshop to choose? Give us a call on 07 3367 8572 if you would like a recommendation!

Little Experts Program

Prep – Grade 2

Speak Up Studio’s Little Experts workshops are fun, engaging, and finish with an exciting outcome – usually a performance, photoshoot or a fancy craft to take home. Designed for maximum energy and creativity to capture the imagination of our littlest learners.

Our holiday workshops run from 9am to 3.30pm each day. Bring a packed lunch! Before and after care is also available.

$88 for each day



Play In A Day Program

Grade 3 – 6

A Play in a Day… no way!? In this workshop, students develop advanced skills and techniques as they bring a show to life in just one day. Students will leave inspired, confident and proud. 

We begin with a theme and some games to get our creativity flowing. From there, our performance evolves as we create characters, write the script, pick music and create costumes and props. You won’t just take to the stage, you’ll have a say in the creative and artistic direction of the day.

A Play In A Day workshops run from 9am – 3.30pm. Bring a packed lunch!

$99 for each day


Born to Perform Program

Grade 1 – 6 (3 day workshops)
Grade 3 – 6 or 7 – 12 (5 day workshops)

Born to Perform students experience the thrill of putting on a production from start to finish, in just one week. From auditions and casting, to rehearsing, character and skill development (like singing, mime and movement), learning lines, and performing, Born to Perform workshops are filled with energy, focus and passion as students work together to put a show on stage in record time in our plays and musical theatre workshops.

If your child talks about wanting to be an actor, if they wish they could perform on stage more often, or if they look forward to speech and drama each week and want to do more, then this is the workshop for them.

Workshops are available for students in grades 1 to 12.

Upcoming One Day Workshops

Mushroom Kingdom

Help! We've landed in a video game! But not to worry, we have experts Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach to guide us through. We'll avoid the enemy Piranha Plants, gather mushrooms to heal us, explore pipes and jump over the hazardous banana peels!

Monday 24th June

Prep - grade 2
Wizarding World

Welcome, young witches and wizards, to Hogwarts for the annual Triwizard Tournament! Get ready to be sorted into your Triwizard teams, cast spells, hunt for dragon eggs, encounter magical creatures, and embark on a daring adventure through our obstacle course to win the Triwizard Cup!

Tuesday 25th June

Prep - grade 2
Inside Out

Do you ever look at someone and wonder... What is going on inside their head? This is the workshop for you! We'll start the day with words like feelings, emotions and subconscious.

Monday 24th June

Grade 3 - 6
Wings of Fire

A long lost Prophecy, a hidden kingdom and a dark secret. Inspired by ``Wings of Fire`` we'll write our own mythical adventure. We'll start with words like tribes, powers and royal duties.

Tuesday 25th June

Grade 3 - 6
My daughter and her friend have done at least one workshop together every school holidays for the past couple of years. They just love it. Especially the musical ones.


– Catherine K, Mum

Why kids come back again and again


Make Friends


Learn A New Skill


Express Themselves


Get Crafty


Dress Up

It was great giving my child an opportunity to do something new, that is hard to find time to do in term time. I really liked the musical theatre combo – it really stretches and inspires.
– Dana Paterson

Upcoming Three and Five Day Workshops

Elf (3)

``A workshop inspired by the award winning, all female produced musical ``Waitress``. With music from 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, this is a delicious tale that's not simply about getting prince charming, but getting its heroine to take action and discover her worth.``

Grades 7 to 12
Spring Hill Studio ($660)

What Baking Can Do

24th - 28th June 2024
Elf (1)

Alice In Wonderland the Panto! This classic script follows the story of Alice and a cast of characters we all know and love. Alice's golden watch mysteriously goes missing and she's on a mission to get it back! follow these amazing characters down the rabbit hole for our June Born To Perform!

Grades 1 - 6
Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th June

Alice in Wonderland

26th - 28th June 2024

A workshop based on the children’s novel by Roald Dahl. A poor boy and his grandfather get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the mysterious chocolate factory of Willy Wonka, an eccentric confectioner.

Grade 3 - 7
Spring Hill, Red Hill and Sherwood Studios

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

1st - 5th July 2024
Elf (4)

``A workshop inspired by the broadway classic ``Into the Woods``, this show takes everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together in a score that is both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

Grades 3 - 12
Spring Hill Studio ($660)

Once Upon a Time

23rd - 27th September 2024

Christmas Born to Perform


January Born to Perform

Both the kids were on cloud nine all evening and night! They appeared to make some lovely friendships with fellow cast members. They all supported each other so nicely. They also both really enjoyed the mixture of acting, singing and choreography that it provided. It must have been a huge task for you and the team, so thanks again for all your hard work. The kids seem to understand how much effort you all put in.
– Matt S. Dad

A Production That’s About The Kids


There are plenty of kids theatre programs out there. Most license a Disney show and hold auditions, and rehearse the old fashioned way. We’ve been there and done that and sure, while the show might be stunning, the process of creating and rehearsing the show is anything but.


Auditions can feel ruthless. Waiting for others to rehearse is dull. And the same kids are always the stars.


Like everything at Speak Up, we’ve taken the process of staging a play or a musical and asked:
“How can we make this more inclusive and more joyful for all our performers?”


And that’s how Born to Perform, was, well born. 


Inclusive Casting


Clever Scripts


Entertaining Rehearsals


Dazzling Costumes


Everyone Shines

Frequently Asked Questions


If you’d like to chat with us about your child or would like a specific recommendation, please give the studio a call on 07 3367 8562.
How much does Born To Perform cost?

Little Experts workshops run for six and a half hours and are $88 each.

Play in a Day workshops run for six and a half hours and cost $99 each.

Three day workshops are $385 each.

Five day workshops are $660

All bookings can be made via the parent portal. Credit Card payment is required at time of booking.

Where are Born to Perform workshops held?

Little Experts workshops and A Play in a Day are held at 110 Windsor Road, Red Hill AND 2/641 Sherwood Road, Sherwood. The same timetable runs at both studios. High school workshops usually run at 9 St Pauls Terrace, Spring Hill.

Born to Perform workshops are held at our various studios, depending on the time of year, with Friday rehearsal and performance venue to be advised. 

Is before and after care available?

Yes! Supervision is available between 8am – 9am and 3.30pm – 5pm ($10 for the day). Book online via the parent portal. We have quiet activities, colouring, board games and sometimes a movie in the afternoon. 

What to bring and wear?

Students should wear comfortable clothes. Dressing up is encouraged! Please send your child with snacks and a water bottle so we can ensure they stay hydrated throughout the day.

For Born to Perform workshops students should wear drama blacks (black pants & black t-shirt) to all rehearsals and the performance evening. Please send your child with morning and afternoon tea, lunch and a water bottle. 

What's the deal with food?

Supervised snack breaks are held at 10.30am, 12pm and 2.00pm. Please send your child along with plenty of healthy food for the day. We would appreciate if you could avoid packing nuts. Our lovely neighbour, Gramps (at Red Hill) offers a tuck shop style menu which you can order on the day!

Can parents stay and watch?

We prefer if parents do not stay to watch the workshops as your presence can be a little distracting for our students and teachers. We would love to welcome you to watch the performance at the end of certain workshops, and we promise to share lots of photos and videos at the end of the week. Thanks for understanding.

What does a Born to Perform rehearsal look like?
Highlights from our latest show – Whimsical Woods!

Are you thinking about coming all week?


We’d love to have you and we invite you to take advantage of our discounted rate of $50 off if you book into Little Experts or Play in a Day for all 5 days. Just select all five Little Experts workshops or all five Play In A Day workshops and the discount will be automatically applied at the checkout!