"First class theatre. Compelling, confronting and sure to haunt audiences long after" - The Border Mail
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 (You Got Older, The Boy at the Edge of Everything, The Lonely Wolf) 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.
Following it's premiere season as a 2015 HotHouse Production in Residence, This is Eden comes to Melbourne for a STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON.
Created & Perfomed by Emily Goddard
Directed by Susie Dee
Set and Costume Design by Romanie Harper
Lighting Design by Gina Gascoigne
Sound Design & composition by Ian Moorhead
Dramaturgy by Mark Wilson
Photo by Sarah Walker
Developed with the support of HotHouse Theatre 2015, Creative Victoria and The Australia Council.