Published with Eyes to the Floor
The inmates of The Girls Training School, Parramatta had about as hard an upbringing as you can get in Australia. But theirs is also one of the great untold stories of making good in tough times.
Based on the testimony of dozens of GTS old-girls, this vibrant new play is a joyous and harrowing dramatisation of the experiences of eight inmates and their reunion forty years later. Interspersed with song and storytelling, this is a tribute to mischief and humour in the face of hardship and inequality.
Teachers' Notes for 'Parramatta Girls' by Alana Valentine, produced by Belvoir.
"In Alana Valentineâ€™s humourous yet tragic and ultimately uplifting play, Parramatta Girls, a group of former inmates of a juvenile detention centre reunite to expunge their demons."
Director Robyn Morris writes about 'Parramatta Girls' by Alana Valentine, for Stage Whispers.
"Parramatta Girls is desperately sad, honest, humorous and uplifting. It is a triumph for Valentine and company."
Article on 'Parramatta Girls' by Alana Valentine.