Theatre North presents

This is Eden

Written & performed by Emily Goddard. Directed by Susie Dee

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Event Venue

Earl Arts Centre

Event Dates & Times

  • Wed, Aug 17 2022 7:30pm

Running Time

75 minutes (no interval)


  • $39.90 - Full
  • $34.90 - Concession
  • $34.90 each - Group 6+
  • $34.90 - Friends Full
  • $32.90 - Friends Concession

This is Eden

A funny, dark and provocative anti-bonnet drama

Witness 1839. Cascades Female Factory, Hobart Town. In a solitary cell, on the edge of survival, Mary Ford 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 tour-de-force performance described as ‘fearless’ and ‘nauseatingly exquisite’, Emily Goddard and acclaimed theatre director Susie Dee (Anthem and Savages) 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 same Bouffon-esque performance devices the women used to rebel, Goddard and Dee tread a fine line between the grotesque and humorous to uncover an extraordinary chapter of rebellion and survival that has seemingly escaped our nation’s history books. Winner of the 2018 Drama Victoria Award, 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.

"As affecting and impressive as anything you will see."
Australian Stage

Supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Arts on Tour, NSW Government and HotHouse Theatre

Image by Sarah Walker

Show Info

Recommended for 15+

Coarse language & adult themes

Please refrain from attending this event if you are feeling unwell or are carrying respiratory symptoms. For more information on Covid safety, please see Covid-Safe Visit.

Mask Wearing 

Masks are no longer mandatory at the theatre, however we strongly encourage patrons to wear one.  

Our staff will be wearing facemasks to assist in keeping them healthy and to keep the show on the road.

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Creative Team

  • Creator/Performer/Co-devisor - Emily Goddard
  • Director/Co-devisor - Susie Dee
  • Set and Costume Design - Romanie Harper
  • Sound Designer & Composer - Ian Moorhead
  • Lighting Designer - Gina Gascoigne
  • Dramaturg - Mark Wilson