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by alaine beek
Engaging historical drama. The harsh but inspiring story of life at the Point Puer boys’ prison near Port Arthur, Tasmania.
This fascinating story is based on real locations and events near Port Arthur, Tasmania in the early 1800’s. Point Puer was the British Empire’s first attempt at rehabilitating young prisoners and the play centres around a group of boys transported there from England. They work together in order to survive in the hostile and unfamiliar new world, and try to find some hope for a future beyond the horrific life of the prison. Red, the group leader, uses his wits to protect his gang from the worst, but he battles to keep the group together, especially when newcomer Jeremiah is introduced. The prisoners are not the only ones struggling to survive in this harsh Tasmanian prison. The Guards are also playing their own brutal game.
Directed by: Alaine Beek
Set design by: David Horne
Winner of Judges Choice for Best Written Play, People’s Choice for Best Written Play and People’s Choice for Best Performed Play at the 2014 Playhouse Players National Playwright Awards.
Running Time: 104 minutes including 20 minute interval
Warnings: Suitable for 12yrs to Adults. Some dark themes. Contains depictions of crime and/or violence.