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. Political and compelling, with urgent contemporary relevance, 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 award winning theatre maker Emily Goddard comes a dark, humorous and provocative 'anti-bonnet drama' inspired by the true events of rebellion and resistance of the female convicts of Van Diemen’s Land. Using the same Bouffon-esque performance devices the women themselves used to rebel, This is Eden treads a fine line between the grotesque and charming to bring to life an extraordinary chapter of rebellion and survival that has seemingly escaped our nation’s history lesson.
More info on This is Eden including production history 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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