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This is Eden by Emily Goddard

14 February, 2018 - 25 February, 2018

fortyfivedownstairs presents

This is Eden by Emily Goddard

14 – 25 February 2018

★★★★½ Arts Hub              ★★★★ The Music


14 – 25 February 2018

preview: Wednesday 14 February
opening night: Thursday 15 February
duration: 70 minutes
Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm
Wednesday 14 & Thursday 22, 1pm
Friday 16, Wednesday 21
& Friday 23 February, 11am
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $35 – $38

warning: contains coarse language,
sexual references & adult themes

In a performance described as ‘fearless’ and ‘exquisite’, Emily Goddard has dazzled audiences with her portrayal of convict life at the Cascades Female Factory. After a sold out season in 2017, Emily returns to fortyfivedownstairs for a limited season.

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. 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.

From performer and theatre maker Emily Goddard (Angels in America, Noises Off, You Got Older) and director Susie Dee (SHIT, The Long Pigs, Savages) comes 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 bring to life an extraordinary tale of rebellion and survival that has conveniently escaped our nation’s history lesson.

This is Eden is part of the 2018 VCE Drama playlist.

This is Eden is part of the 2018 VCE Drama playlist.

Post show Q&A’s will be available after every performance with school groups in attendance.

In depth Education resources, workshops and a ‘Return to Eden’ exam revision session with creators are also available. A script and DVD of the production are available for purchase, please contact the venue for more information.

In addition to VCE Drama, This is Eden is ideal for Drama and Theatre Studies Units 1 & 2, Year 10 Drama and Theatre Studies and Year 9 History.

Performer – Emily Goddard

Director: Susie Dee

Dramaturg: Mark Wilson

Set and Costume Design: Romanie Harper

Lighting Design: Gina Gascoigne

Sound Designer: Ian Moorhead 

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $30
Concession: $32,
Group 6+: $32
VCE Students: $25


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members



14 February, 2018
25 February, 2018
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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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