A celebration of Australian Theatre in the heart of The Hills


Under the inaugural theme Australian Voices, the Pioneer Play Festival is an exciting new program of performances, workshops and discussions bringing together theatre makers, schools and communities from across Sydney. 



The 50th Anniversary Performance of Alex Buzo’s controversial 1968 classic - one performance only Nov 23.

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boy out of the country

Felix Nobis' fast and funny play about family, property and the progress of life premieres Sat Nov 24.

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 Dr Michelle Byrne, Mayor of The Hills

Dr Michelle Byrne, Mayor of The Hills

The Pioneer Play Festival, focusing on theatre craft, is an exciting new opportunity to showcase the creativity, inclusion and arts capacity of The Hills Shire. Local artists will benefit from the building of skills, networks and performance opportunities, and our residents will have a great new opportunity to experience original Australian work in the beautiful new Pioneer Theatre in Castle Hill.
— Dr Michelle Byrne, Mayor of The Hills Shire


We need your help to make the festival possible, and donations are now tax-deductible thanks to the Australian Cultural Fund. It’s just like crowdfunding - click on over, support us in whatever way you can, and you’ll become an Honorary Pioneer - with exclusive email offers and invitations to the festival, plus your tax-deductible benefit!

Whether it’s $2 or $2000, your donation will help produce the first theatre festival in North-West Sydney and contribute to a brilliant new annual event exclusive to The Hills!

And thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!