Journey through the eyes of refugee children
The Treehouse Theatre program provides a platform for young refugees to share their life stories. Through group story telling in a live public theatre performance, young refugees share their personal stories with friends, family and the wider community.
As Seen On
What People Say
“Treehouse Theatre is how Australia can witness the experiences of the young refugees among us. Australia gives them a new life, and they give back so much in return.”
– Peter Hartcher
“We need our young peoples’ hearts and minds connected to the realities of their privilege and responsibilities as citizens and residents of Australia. The simplicity of saying we value trust, that we support one another and that we believe in a fair go for all is challenged yet illuminated so humanely through engagement with Treehouse performances. I couldn’t recommend it more strongly as vital learning and empowerment for young people and for those who teach them.”
– Nick Magriplis
Director, Educational Leadership Liverpool Principals Network
“After attending a treehouse performance, one of my Australian-born students commented, “These kids are bullied horribly at school. I know, I was one of the bullies, but not any more.”
– Nathan Redmayne
Deputy Principal, Engadine High School
“Makes their peers, reflect and think about refugee stereotypes and the people behind these images. Never had a student not affected by listening to another student tell their story.”
– Jeff Lovett
Deputy Principal, Mount Annan High School
“Treehouse performances gives school students real insight into the lives of refugee students. Showcasing Treehouse performances in wellbeing lessons gives students a deeper understanding of diversity, inclusion and resilience.”
– Lillian Joseph
Deputy Principal (Wellbeing), Holroyd High School
“The students are amazing. I’m am blown away by their strength, courage, resilience. I know sharing these stories must be so hard to do but I am humbled and honored to hear them. These young people need to be heard by every Australian to understand how hard it is to come as a refugee and leave your family.” Kim Touvelos
We are passionate about giving “The Refugee Experience” a genuine and empathic face.
The resilient young refugees with whom we work, offer us their life stories with open-hearted grace, and thus hand us the privilege and the responsibility of finding a way to give these stories a voice and an audience. We long for all Australians to hear these young people. We yearn for all Australians to feel these stories. We crave other young people of all backgrounds to connect these vibrant faces with the word “refugee” and learn we are all not so different.
How You Can Help
We wouldn’t be here today if not for the support of our generous donors, audiences and volunteers.
Daytime performances for schools, evening performances for families of the cast. The public are welcome at all performances.
You can get involved today by becoming a Volunteer. Sign up and you will be joining a group of change-makers, a network strong enough to impact positive change in the lives of young refugees. We are particularly interested in people with skills in marketing, event management, fundraising and PR.
Donations help fund our program. We are primarily a volunteer organisation but the costs for theatres, technicians, transport and catering all add up quickly. Any support you can give is appreciated. Donations more than $2 are tax deductible.
Cast from the Storm
Official Treehouse Theatre documentary filmed in 2014.