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History brought to life at Port Arthur

16/01/2007

Some of the fascinating stories from Port Arthur’s convict past are being brought to life in a series of theatre performances at the Historic Site this summer.

‘The Man Who Threw a Stone’ was written by Richard Davey 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.

‘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?

‘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.

The plays, which run approximately 25 minutes each, are performed by Chris Hamley, Bryony Geeves, Jonny Hendriks and Alan Andrews, who also directed. They are on at the Port Arthur Historic Site daily except Saturdays (weather permitting) until 26 January. The plays are included in the general cost of admission to the Site.

The Man Who Threw a Stone
11.15am & 2.15pm (performed in the Separate Prison)

The Shingle Strike
12 noon and 3.45pm (performed behind the Penitentiary, weather permitting)

A Boy’s Life
12.45pm and 3.00pm (performed behind the Penitentiary, weather permitting)

For more information about the Port Arthur Historic Site, visit www.portarthur.org.au

History brought to life at Port Arthur

The Shingle Strike

History brought to life at Port Arthur

Actors Chris Hamley and Alan Andrews

History brought to life at Port Arthur

Performers Bryony Geeves and Jonny Hendricks

History brought to life at Port Arthur

The Man Who Threw a Stone

History brought to life at Port Arthur

Alan Andrews and Bryony Geeves perform