Runtime: 100 min
Venue: FortyFive Downstairs 
Playwright: Helen Begley

Company: The Good Girl Song Project

Director: Ruby Rees

Writer: Helen Begley

Cast: Carly Ellis, Penny Larkins

Musicians: Helen Begley, Kylie Morrigan, Penelope Swales

Until now, there’s been little crossover between contemporary theatre, Australian folk music and academia. These three worlds collide in the new work Voyage by Helen Begley with a story that emerged from the work of Australian historian, Dr Liz Rushen.
In the midst of convict ships arriving each week from Britain, a different cargo leaves for Australia. On board are 287 immigrant women enticed by promises of a better life. What waits for them in Sydney will determine their success. Voyage features two actors, thirteen characters, seventeen songs, three onstage musicians and is directed by Ruby Rees.

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 ‘…a finely tuned and beautifully executed piece of theatre.’ Stage Whispers

‘…Voyage…deserves as many passengers to fortyfivedownstairs as it can get.’ Australian Arts Review

‘…lively musical theatre, well-researched and imaginative, that gets under the skin of colonial history.’ The Age


 This recording was made on the land of the Wurundjeri People. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. 

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