Youth Theatre

If you have a young person in your family who would like to be involved in the theatre at the Playhouse Maleny  Showgrounds  please contact our Youth Tutor by  contacting Darren Hayden on 0422899446.  

Darren moved to Maleny last year with his wife Lauren who is originally from Maleny, and their two gorgeous daughters Daphne and Hazel. Darren trained at NIDA prior to be offered a placement at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama where he graduated with a BA (Hons) Acting. Darren’s notable professional credits include touring parts of Europe for 18 months performing in a production of Pygmalion in addition to various theatre in education productions. Darren has a host of professional, semi-professional and amateur credits the most recent being a production of ‘The Bear’ and ‘WiT’ which was performed at the Bondi Pavilion in Sydney. Darren also wrote, produced, directed and starred in a pantomime ‘Daisy’s Pyramid Adventure’ based on healthy eating and lifestyle choices for children which toured schools in Sydney and regional NSW. Darren believes that theatre should be fun and accessible to everyone and in is enjoying  being part of the Maleny Players who have being producing quality theatre for decades.



Maleny Players run kids-youth and also adult acting classes for anyone over 17 years old. The weekly classes run in school term time.  

The classes will be taught by Darren Hayden trained at NIDA and Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London (BA Hons Acting).

We are kicking off the this terms acting classes again which are as follows:-

Start date: Tuesday 23 January 2024

Kids class:  4.45pm – 6.00pm

Where:  Maleny Players – Maleny Showgrounds ( first building on your right as you drive in)

Depending on the number and ages of the children we may decide to run another class for the tweens – see how we go.

We will send out invoices a few weeks into term – so don’t worry about that.

If you have any financial considerations you would like to discuss then please let me know! The important thing is that everyone who wants tuition can access it!

Darren’s wife has put together a basic Facebook page (link below) so please like/share this at will.

See you Tuesday 23rd – and get ready to get silly!

Maleny Drama and Acting Classes | Facebook

If you are interested in enrolling ($190/term) please contact Darren Hayden at or 0422899446.