Blue Whale Theatre and The Sisters of St Joseph would like to welcome both Primary and Secondary school groups to view Blue Whale Theatre's production Mary - A Story of Courage at Mary MacKillop Place - the final resting place of Saint Mary Mackillop.

Mary - A Story of Courage

Mary - A Story of Courage tells Mary's tale in three short acts: the childhood influences in her youth, her pivotal experiences and achievements in early adulthood, and finally her later life and the legacy she left behind.

A Blue Whale Theatre production for students on the life of Saint Mary MacKillop

Available in three different versions for different age groups

Primary School 

1: Years 3 - 6 - 1 hour 15 mins (including performance, workshops and Q&A with the actors after the show)

2: Kindergarten to Year 2 - A special adapted version of the performance lasting 45 minutes (including performance and workshop/ Q & A)

Small Primary School? Please enquire with Blue Whale Theatre about their special performance available for the whole school!

Secondary School 

3: Years 7, 8 and 9 - 1 hour 15/ 30 mins (including performance, workshops and Q&A with the actors after the show)

Learning links are available on request. Please enquire with Blue Whale Theatre at the time of your booking.

After each section the audience are invited to ask the actor playing Mary MacKillop questions, in a 'hot seating session' facilitated by another actor. These 5-minute Q&A sessions give children the opportunity to interact with Mary in character, and ask  personal or historical questions about what they have seen. 

The Workshops

Eager questions from curious young minds -Blue Whale Theatre wrokshop (A Bright Light in the Darkness, Production 2016). Image credit: Lena Buchanan | Digital Communications Coordinator. 

"An incredible production! A must see for schools (and big kids alike!) You personified your roles so well and truly captured the life of one courageous woman! Congratulations to you all.” 

Anne- Marie Gallagher Education Officer , Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney. Feb 2018

"As a Sister of St Joseph, I was moved by Blue Whale Theatre's Mary – Story of Courage.  This wonderful play about Mary MacKillop is sensitively and professionally acted by very expert and committed actors.  It was impressive to see that all the details of the play were historically correct.  The characters were brought alive to us in a way that was both believable and enjoyable.  The aim of the play is to introduce children to the life of Mary MacKillop.  It was impressive to see how the actors relate with children in a friendly and educative manner.  Although the play is designed for children, I found it to be equally touching and enjoyable for adults."

Sr Maryellen Thomas, Congregational Leadership Team, Sisters of St Joseph.

$14.50 per student for performance and discounted museum visit*

Book performances via email or call 0401418323

All museum visits to be booked directly through Mary Mackillop Place.

For museum bookings/ enquires contact: MMP Events and Booking Coordinator on 02 8912 4814 or email

*discounted museum visit redeemable within 12 months of seeing the production! 

Pricing and how to book

To book: email or call 0401 418 323

Learning links