See a historical re-enactment of life as a convict at Port Arthur

Port Arthur history plays 2013

Easter Activities

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the Port Arthur Historic Site. As the weather cools, the leaves on our avenues of exotic trees start to turn.

We offer an exciting range of experiences and activities over the Easter week, so plan to spend a day or two and bring the family.

This Easter will feature the History Plays and the opportunity to try your hand at stonemasonry or making a convict brick...

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Port Arthur History Plays

Friday 3 April until Friday 10 April

The plays bring history to life, depicting and interpreting Port Arthur’s history in an engaging and entertaining way, and are ideal for the whole family. 

Produced and directed by Chris Hamley, the plays run approximately 20 minutes each. Admission is included in the cost of site entry.

The Man Who Threw a Stone, by  the late Richard Davey.

As an old man, convict Dennis Collins found that a hunger strike was the only protest available to him.

Performed in the Separate Prison 11.45am & 2.45pm
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

The story of Irish poet Francis Macnamara’s endeavour to overcome the bullying tactics of an unscrupulous overseer.

Performed behind the Separate Prison, 12.30pm and 4.15pm (weather permitting)

A Boy’s Life, by Les Winspear

A London street kid is sent across the world to Point Puer. Will he escape his life of crime?

Performed behind the Separate Prison at 1.15pm and 3.30pm (weather permitting)

Family Fun Activities

Friday 3 April – Friday 17 April daily 

Bring the kids for some holiday fun and visit the Education Centre to try your hand at traditional crafts, design work and trades. Make your own peg doll or replica convict brick. Learn about early animation by assembling a fantascope or design and create your own convict love token. Challenge your friends and family to a game of quoits, croquet or knuckle bones. 

Activities are offered in two sessions each day – 12-1:30pm and 2-3pm. Please check the information board downstairs in the Visitor Centre for today’s activities.