Eight former inmates return to the notorious Parramatta Girl’s for a reunion forty years later. For some, it is a way to find healing, for others it is a chance to dispel the ghosts, for all of them it is a way to share the pain. This vibrant and often very funny play explores the defiance, endurance and the psychological legacy of being branded a home girl. Interspersed with songs and storytelling, this is a tribute to the mischief and humour in the face of hardship suffered by the countless girls who were victims of a harsh juvenile detention system.
The result of four years research by award winning playwright Alana Valentine, this powerful verbatim play is a dramatisation of hours of confronting interviews with a number of women who served time at the most notorious girl’s detention centre in Australia.
Director Saskia Smith is a multi skilled actor, performer and secondary drama teacher. Her theatre credits include leading roles in As You Like It and The Tempest (Sydney Theatre Award Nomination) for the Bell Shakespeare Company, In Our Name for Company B Belvoir, the musicals Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Sam Mendes’ Cabaret – the musical (Green Room Award), and Dirty Dancing – the Classic Story on Stage.
Presented as a rehearsed reading by professional actors and followed by an in depth discussion conducted by the director, Saskia Smith, it will examine topics relating to the HSC curriculum on verbatim theatre and drama.
Date and Time
Mon 12 Mar 10am
Tue 13 Mar 10am
Wed 14 Mar 10am
Thu 15 Mar 5.30pm
$22 Student/Additional Teacher
3.5 hrs including interval & discussion