Prison & Power

coercion and corruption in a convict settlement

Ticket Icon Adult $30
Concession/Child $15
Family $75
Clock Icon 5:00pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday; 4:00pm Sunday

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Performance by Turin Productions in the Separate Prison

31 December – 31 January 2021

An interpretation of the lives of some of the convicts and authority figures at Port Arthur. Meet a range of characters – convicts, prison wardens, overseers and a Commandant. These were real people; their histories are documented in the archives here at Port Arthur.

Prison & Power is presented as a series of three ‘sketches of life’ in this penal colony during the mid-1800s, remembering that then, there was no road from Port Arthur to Hobart, no telephone, no internet communication. In this harsh and beautiful place, a settlement was expected to function effectively and efficiently. It was a challenge…


Please allow 90 minutes for the experience starting at the Visitor Centre and walking to the Separate Prison for the start of the performance.  The performance itself will run approximately 60 minutes.

Thursday -Saturday from 5pm – 6:30pm

Sundays from 4pm – 5:30pm


Adult $30
Concession/Child $15
Family $75
Dinner & Show $90pp

Children aged 17 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings are essential.


The performance is located in the Separate Prison a moderate 10 min walk from the Port Arthur Visitor Centre.  Please arrive 15–30 minutes before the scheduled performance time, to allow time to check in and walk to the Separate Prison.

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