Cutter and Coota for schools

Key Information

Cost (GST free)
$14 per student
Monday 10 October – Friday 14 October 2022
1 hour
Session Offered
10am and 1pm
Maximum Students
60 per session
Supervision ratios

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Additional Visitor Costs

Each parent or additional visitor will be charged the performance ticket price of $14

About the performance 

What was life like for Gadigal people before the arrival of Europeans? What was the nature and consequence of contact between Gadigal people and the early traders, explorers and settlers? 

Experience the unlikely bond of Cutter, an ambitious Rat, and Coota, a compassionate Bandicoot, as they find freedom and friendship and shed light on the colonial history of Gadigal from the Hyde Park Barracks to the Burrow.

Written by Bruce Pascoe and presented in association with Moogahlin Performing Arts on the grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks, Cutter and Coota explores themes of sustainability, colonisation, and how we care for Country.

Cutter and Coota asks student audiences to reflect on Australia’s history. The performance promotes truth telling, deep listening and the understanding of multiple perspectives across shared landscapes. 


Stage 2 History First Contacts

HT2-4 Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia

Stage 3 History - The Australian Colony

HT3-1 Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of AustraliaHT3-2 Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time

Stages 2 and 3 Creative Arts - Drama

DRAS2.4 Responds to, and interprets drama experiences and performances
DRAS3.4 Responds critically to a range of drama works and performance styles

Cross-curriculum priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Plan your visit

  • Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.
  • Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.
  • Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.
  • Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.
  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.


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Booking contact

Hyde Park Barracks

Phone 02 8239 2211

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