See a historical re-enactment of life as a convict at Port Arthur

Port Arthur history plays 2013

Easter Activities

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the Port Arthur Historic Site. As the weather cools, the leaves on our avenues of exotic trees start to turn.

We offer an exciting range of experiences and activities over the Easter week, so plan to spend a day or two and bring the family.

This Easter will feature the History Plays and the opportunity to try your hand at stonemasonry or making a convict brick...

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Port Arthur History Plays

Each play is performed twice daily from Friday 18 April until Friday 25 April.

The Man Who Threw a Stone, by  the late Richard Davey.

As an old man, convict Dennis Collins found that a hunger strike was the only protest available to him.

Performed in the Separate Prison 11.30am & 2.45pm.
Please be seated early as the Prison will close 2 minutes prior to performance to enable a prompt start.

The Shingle Strike, by David Young

The story of Irish poet Francis Macnamara’s endeavour to overcome the bullying tactics of an unscrupulous overseer.

Performed behind the Policeman's Residence at 12.15 pm and 4.15 pm (weather permitting)

A Boy’s Life, by Les Winspear

A London street kid is sent across the world to Point Puer. Will he escape his life of crime?

Performed behind the Policeman's Residence 1.00 pm and 3.30 pm (weather permitting)


The plays, which run approximately 20 minutes each, are produced and directed by Chris Hamley, who performs with Michael Edgar, Emesha Rudolf and Quinn Griggs.

Family Fun Activities

Have a go at making your very own convict brick, design some traditional wallpaper, create a peg doll or discover the fun of fantascopes!

Our family fun activities return for Easter and are available in the Education Centre (near the Convict Church) daily from Saturday April 12 til Friday 25 April.

Download the School Holiday Activities Timetable April 2014