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Port Arthur History Plays start December 27


The ever-popular Port Arthur History Plays are back at the Port Arthur Historic Site this summer. Hear about convict Dennis Collins, who as an old man found that a hunger strike was the only protest available to him, in The Man Who Threw a Stone by Richard Davey. 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. In A Boys Life by Les Winspear, a London street kid is sent across the world to Point Puer. Will he escape his life of crime?

Each play is performed twice daily (weather permitting). The plays are produced and directed by Alan Andrews and performed by Alan with Jenn Ryan, Kai Raisbeck and Quinn Griggs. The season runs from December 27 until January 28, daily except Saturdays.

Meanwhile, up at the Accountant’s House, visitors can make a Peg Doll, have a go at moulding their very own miniature convict brick, or find out what a fantascope is then make one to take home, in our program of family fun activities.

Our popular archaeology program kicks off on January 9th.


Participation in these activities is included in the cost of Site entry. For full details, check, give our Visitor Centre a call on 1800 659 101 or pick up a leaflet on arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site.