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“First class theatre. Compelling, confronting and sure to haunt audiences long after”

The Border Mail, Albury. 

1839. Cascades Female Factory, Hobart Town. In a solitary cell, on the edge of survival, a ‘sleek little savage’ waits alone in the darkness. Left for dead, ten thousand miles from home, she plots escape and reveals, with biting mockery, the untold tales of her captors. In a Green Room Award nominated performance described as ‘fearless’ and ‘nauseatingly exquisite’, Emily Goddard and acclaimed theatre director Susie Dee bring to life a dark, humorous and provocative ‘anti-bonnet drama’ inspired by the rebellion and resistance of the female convicts of Van Diemen’s Land. 

Using the French clowning technique of Bouffon, where outcasts ridicule and provoke those in power, Goddard and Dee tread a fine line between the grotesque and charming to uncover an extraordinary chapter of rebellion and survival that has seemingly escaped our nation’s history lesson. Harrowing and hilarious, This is Eden is at once an examination of our dark past, a parody of the way we perceive it and a vital call to arms.

Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and Emily Goddard in association with Froudist

This show is handpicked to be in the FAC 2019 Season.

 Thanks to our 2019 partners

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Venue

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“Nauseatingly exquisite…if there is one ticket you buy this year, this is it”

Broadway World

“Goddard is nothing less than extraordinary”

Stage Whispers

“As affecting and impressive as anything you will see”

Australian Stage

 “Wild and Brilliant. Goddard transforms. Our favourite show of the year”

Across the Aisle

“A moving history lesson”

The Herald Sun

About the Show

1839. Cascades Female Factory, Hobart Town. In a solitary cell, on the edge of survival, a sleek little savage waits alone in the darkness. Left for dead, ten thousand miles from home, she plots escape and reveals, with biting mockery, the untold tales of her captors.

Information for Educators

This is Eden, as part of last year’s VCE Playlist, is a gritty and engaging piece of theatre. Emily’s performance is in equal measure dark and humorous, and is an excellent example for students studying solo performance.

Age Suitability

Ages 16+

Friday 25 October

7pm – Post Show Q&A

Extension Opportunities

• An Education Resource Kit is available for this performance.

Some coarse language and adult themes. Recommended for ages 16+.

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