Archival footage of This Is Eden by Emily Goddard is now available for VCE Drama students & teachers to aid in their studies for VCE Drama 2018. 'This is Eden is the story too many Australians aren't taught in school - the treatment of female convicts, their resistance, rebellion and resilience. A thought provoking call to arms' – BEAT MAGAZINE.
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 and director Susie Dee comes a dark, humorous and provocative anti-bonnet drama inspired by the rebellion and resistance of the female convicts of Van Diemen's Land.
Part of the 2018 VCE Drama Playlist. This archival footage of the play is MA 15+ and contains coarse language, sexual references and adult themes.
Created and performed by Emily Goddard. Directed by Susie Dee. Dramaturgy by Mark Wilson. Set & Costume Design by Romanie Harper. Sound Design & Composition by Ian Moorhead. Lighting Design by Gina Gascoigne. Filmed and Edited by Stu Mannion. Photography by Sarah Walker. This production was supported by Creative Victoria, HotHouse Theatre, Fortyfivedownstairs Theatre, The Robert Salzer Foundation and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. www.thisiseden.com.au
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