The much-loved series of History Plays that graced Port Arthur over summer will return for the Easter week, to join a program of fun family pastimes and an art exhibition. The plays depict and interpret Port Arthur’s history in an engaging and entertaining way, and are ideal for the whole family. They will each be performed twice daily from Good Friday, April 6 until Friday April 13, 2012.
The Man Who Threw a Stone by Richard Davey, is based on the story of Port Arthur convict Dennis Collins who, as an old man, found that a hunger strike was the only form of protest available to him. As his life ebbs away, the play follows the desperate attempts of Charlotte Lempriere to save him. Performed in the Separate Prison 11.45am & 2.45pm.
The Shingle Strike by David Young tells the story of Irish poet Francis Macnamara’s endeavour to overcome the bullying tactics of an unscrupulous overseer. The convicts’ only hope of resistance and justice is to strike, but can Macnamara persuade his gang to join him? Performed behind the Penitentiary at 12.30pm and 4.15pm (weather permitting)
A Boy’s Life by Les Winspear, tells the story of a London urchin who is sent across the world to Point Puer, where he is offered an opportunity for a new life. However he finds that this new life comes at a price he is not prepared to pay, so he chooses instead to continue his life of crime. Performed behind the Penitentiary 1.15pm and 3.30pm (weather permitting)
The plays, which run approximately 20 minutes each, are produced by Alan Andrews, directed by Chris Hamley and performed by Alan and Chris with Bryony Geeves and Rowan Harris.
Visitors can have a go at moulding their own convict brick, make a peg doll, print their own wallpaper or find out just what a fantascope is, in a program of fun family activities. being presented daily over Easter at the Port Arthur Education Centre in the Accountants House from April 3-15.
An exhibition of paintings by local artists will be on display in the Museum Café from April 5-11, presented by The Peninsula Art Group.
The plays and activities are included in the cost of admission to the Site. A family pass is great value and covers two adults and up to six children.
Bookings and inquiries 1800 659 101