History comes to life at Port Arthur this Easter

April 2, 2007


The much-loved series of plays that graced Port Arthur over summer will return for the Easter weekend. The plays depict and interpret Port Arthur’s history in an engaging and entertaining way, and are ideal for the whole family.

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 11.15am & 2.15pm. Please be seated early as the Prison will close 2 minutes prior to performance to enable a prompt start

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 noon and 3.45pm (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 12.45pm and 3.00pm (weather permitting)

The plays, which run approximately 20 minutes each, are performed by Chris Hamley, Bryony Geeves, Jonny Hendriks and Alan Andrews, who also directed them. They are on at the Port Arthur Historic Site daily from Good Friday to Easter Tuesday, 6-10 April, 2007.

The plays are included in the cost of admission to the Site.

Actors Chris Hamley and Alan Andrews

Actors Chris Hamley and Alan Andrews

The Shingle Strike

The Shingle Strike

Alan Andrews and Bryony Geeves perform

The Man Who Threw a Stone