Port Arthur History plays return for Easter

April 8, 2009

The much-loved series of plays that graced Port Arthur over summer will return to bring history to life at the Historic Site over the Easter week. 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.

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.

The plays, which run approximately 20 minutes each, are performed by Bryony Geeves, Jeff Keogh, Kai Raisbeck and Alan Andrews, who also directed them. They are on at the Port Arthur Historic Site daily from Good Friday, 10 April, to Friday 17 April.

Visitors can also experience a range of colonial family pastimes, being presented daily over Easter at the Accountants House from 11.30am-3.30pm.

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

Bookings and inquiries 1800 659 101

A Boy's Life, one of three play to be performed at Port Arthur this Easter - photo by Sue Wendell Smith

A Boy’s Life, one of three play to be performed at Port Arthur this Easter – photo by Sue Wendell Smith