Port Arthur History Plays return this summer

November 17, 2009

The ever-popular short History Plays will return to the Port Arthur Historic Site this summer, bringing history vividly to life in an entertaining and interactive way.

The History Plays will be performed twice daily (weather permitting) from Sunday 27 December 2009 until Friday 22 January 2010 (except Saturdays).

The plays are produced and directed by Alan Andrews and performed by Alan with Isabel Hertaeg, Kai Raisbeck and Cheyne Mitchell. Each performance runs approximately 20 minutes and admission to performances is included in the cost of Site entry.

The Man Who Threw a Stone

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 11.45am & 2.45pm. Please be seated early as the Prison will close 2 minutes prior to performance to enable a prompt start.

The Shingle Strike

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 12.30pm and 4.15pm (weather permitting)

A Boy’s Life

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 fi nds 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 1.15pm and 3.30pm (weather permitting)

For more information or bookings, please visit www.portarthur.org.au or give our friendly Visitor Services staff on 1800 659 101.

A scene from 'A Boy's Life', one of the Port Arthur History Plays, a popular summer attraction at Port Arthur

A scene from ‘A Boy’s Life’, one of the Port Arthur History Plays, a popular summer attraction at Port Arthur

The Shingle Strike

The Shingle Strike

The Man Who Threw a Stone

The Man Who Threw a Stone