The popular short ‘Port Arthur History Plays’ and a heap of educational and entertaining family fun activities will be offered at the Port Arthur Historic Site over the Easter holiday break, a great time to bring the family and plan to spend a day or two at Port Arthur this Easter. Access to the activities is included in the cost of site entry.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Bookings and inquiries 1800 659 101 1800 659 101 FREE