Port Arthur History Plays return this Easter

March 9, 2010

The much-loved series of plays that graced Port Arthur over summer will return for 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. They will each be performed twice daily from Good Friday (2 April) until Friday 9 April, 2010.

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 11.45 am & 2.45 pm. Please be seated early as the Prison will close two 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 12.30 pm and 4.15 pm (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 1.15 pm and 3.30 pm (weather permitting)

The plays, which run approximately 20 minutes each, are produced and directed by Alan Andrews and performed by Alan with Emesha Rudolf, Rowan Harris and Alex Hardaker.

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

Bookings and inquiries 1800 659 101

The Man Who Threw a Stone

The Man Who Threw a Stone