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Plenty of activities this Easter at Port Arthur


The much-loved series of History Plays that graced Port Arthur over summer will return for the Easter week, to join a program of fun family pastimes and an art exhibition. 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 (April 2nd) until Friday April 9th, 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 11.45am & 2.45pm.

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 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)

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.

Family activities at the Education Centre

The PAHSMA Education Centre, in the Accountant's House near the Church, will be a hive of activity. From Easter Saturday to the following Sunday week, the Education Centre will host a range of engaging and fun family activities.

Convict Brick Making, Peg Doll Making, Fantascopes (“what are those?” you ask! You will have to join us to find out!), the Story Blanket and Knowledge Treasure Hunt will be happening over the Easter period.  

No need to book – just sign up on the day at the Accountant’s House!

The details of each session will be available closer to Easter and can be found on our website and via our Visitor Centre.

Two sessions daily - 11.00am-12.00pm and 1.00pm to 2.00pm, 3rd -11th April.

Art Exhibition

An exhibition of paintings by local artists will be on display in the Museum Café from April 1-8.

The plays and activities are included in the cost of admission to the Site. A family pass is great value and covers two adults and up to six children.

Bookings and inquiries 1800 659 101

Plenty of activities this Easter at Port Arthur

A scene from 'The Man Who Threw a Stone', performed in the Separate Prison