Strange Fruit mesmerise audiences at Port Arthur
Despite some very ordinary weather in the couple of days prior to the event, Australian performance artists Strange Fruit triumphed over the odds to perform 'Ringing the Changes' at the Port Arthur Historic Site over three days in late March, as part of Ten Days on the Island.
The Strange Fruit performers held a captivated crowd, which grew and grew as the performance progressed, completely in their thrall. Five performers perched atop their five metre high fibreglass poles, swayed hypnotically while playing sets of tuned bells. Two ground-based performers played arrays of bells while conductor Graeme Leake coordinated the show to mesmeric effect.
On the Sunday afternoon, the two performances were seen by an estimated 2000 people, many of whom made a day of it, bringing picnics and rugs and enjoying the spectacle from on the lawn in front of the Penitentiary.