Parramatta Girls

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Riverside Productions

Parramatta Girls

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 03 May - 17 May 2014

A stellar cast. An absolutely astonishing story. Making for a night of unforgettable theatre.

Eight former inmates return to the notorious Parramatta Girls Detention Centre for a reunion forty years later. For some it’s a way to find healing, for others it’s a way to dispel the ghosts, for all of them it is a way to share the pain. This vibrant, confronting and often very funny play explores the defiance, endurance and psychological legacy of being branded a home girl. Interspersed with songs, and story telling this is a tribute to the mischief and humour in the face of hardship suffered by countless girls, forgotten Australians who were victims of this harsh juvenile detention centre.

Award-winning playwright Alana Valentine has woven together the true stories of women who were once Parramatta Girls into a masterful tribute to their courage, humour, strength and optimism. Under the direction of Tanya Goldberg, eight extraordinary actresses bring this powerful work to audiences in Parramatta as part of the anniversary that marks 40 years since the closure of the institution.

Parramatta Girls contains strong language and adult themes

PLEASE NOTE: A Q&A SESSION WITH THE REAL PARRA GIRLS AND THE CAST OF PARRAMATTA GIRLS WILL FOLLOW THE PERFORMANCE ON 15 MAY.

WRITER: Alana Valentine
DIRECTOR: Tanya Goldberg
DESIGNER: Tobhiyah Stone Feller
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Verity Hampson
SOUND DESIGNER: Jeremy Silver
PRODUCER: Camilla Rountree
PERFORMERS: Christine Anu, Holly Austin, Annie Byron, Vanessa Downing, Anni Finsterer, Sandy Gore, Sharni McDermott, Tessa Rose

Dates & Times:
7:30pm, Saturday 3 May – SOLD OUT
7:30pm, Thursday 8 May – SOLD OUT
7:30pm, Friday 9 May – SOLD OUT
2:15pm, Saturday 10 May – SOLD OUT
7:30pm, Saturday 10 May – SOLD OUT
7:30pm, Tuesday 13 May – Less than 20 seats remain!
1:00pm, Wednesday 14 May – SOLD OUT
7:30pm, Thursday 15 May – SOLD OUT
7:30pm, Friday 16 May – SOLD OUT
2:15pm, Saturday 17 May – SOLD OUT
7:30pm, Saturday 17 May – SOLD OUT

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AM with Tony Eastley – ABC Radio
Royal Commission begins hearings into NSW government-run girls’ homes
Listen to the program here

Sydney Morning Herald
Inmates at Parramatta Girls Home subjected to ‘state-sanctioned rape’
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Haunting: Bonney Djuric, left, and Christina Green at the former site of controversial detention centre Parramatta Girls Home.

Courier Mail
Government-run institution for girls was run like a concentration camp Royal Commission hears.
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Daily Telegraph
It’s the proximity more than anything. The knowledge that these events weren’t in another country unfolding in a different time — it was right in the here and now. And that gives the play Parramatta Girls, which opens tonight at Riverside Theatres, a real emotional punch.
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Sunday Telegraph
Christine Anu wanted to hug her kids tighter than ever while rehearsing Parramatta Girls.
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Daily Telegraph
Exclusive look into the dungeon of Parramatta Girls School
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Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney’s dark past: Christine Anu performs in Parramatta Girls
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Parramatta Sun
Parramatta Girls: ‘exposed to moral danger’
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REVIEWS

“A moving and challenging piece of theatre…about our nation’s past.” – Dinner and a Show

“Tanya Goldberg has assembled a formidable cast for this production of Alana Valentine’s poignant re-telling of the traumatic stories of past inmates of The Girls Training School at Parramatta.” – Stage Whispers

“A shattering, disturbing play with a glorious cast that is highly recommended. There is a fascinating display as the audience enters about the history of the Institution and a wonderful eerily atmospheric exhibition by Heidrun Lohr.” – Sydney Arts Guide

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Duration

Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes (Including interval)

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