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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. 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 chapter of rebellion and survival that has conveniently escaped our nation’s history lesson.

More info on This is Eden including production shots, trailer, research and review links can be found here:

  • australian drama/bouffon/satire
  • 75
  • 1 total
  • 1 female identifying
  • history
  • 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 30

EXTRACT: I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. It’s just… I can’t stop thinking about him. It’s just what did I do wrong? You know? What is wrong with me? Everything was going so well. I passed my exams and I got this new job and why why why did he leave me? I had it all planned out and we were going to turn the fish and chip shop into a café. The convict café which is an idea I thought he liked at least he told me so and the / Because THAT’S WHAT I DESERVE. THAT’S WHAT I FUCKING DESERVE.

Adult language

Mary/Lady F

Female | 20s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 11

EXTRACT: I feel so lucky. I really do feel so so so so so so lucky. Sometimes I look around, and I just think...gosh. When God was looking down from his cloud I think he pointed at me and said ‘you’, ‘you’, ‘I love youuu the most’. My husband feels the same. We’re very happy here. I mean, it is an adjustment, of course. But we are happy. Very happy (wink). Very very very very happy.

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