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children of the black skirt play
​A scene from "Children of the Black Skirt"

​About the Play

The play selected for this year’s production is “Children of the Black Skirt” by Angela Betzien.  The play is described on the Australian Plays website as follows:  “(Children of the Black Skirt) is … a gothic fairytale for young people. Three lost children discover an abandoned orphanage in the bush and learn a history of Australia through the spirits of children who have lived there, from convict times, through to World War Two, the Stolen Generation and beyond.”

Some themes explored in the play are transportation in early colonial Australia, the lost child in Australian history, the plight of orphans in Australia, abandonment, poverty and its effect on children, the Stolen Generation, children being used as servants and child migration.  “Children of the Black Skirt” has toured widely and is a classroom favourite with teachers and students alike.  This production is recommended for audiences high school age and above.

General Information

There are two different casts who will perform in the four public performances.  See the attached cast list to see who is on when.  Please note that the production staff reserve the right to vary the casting at any time.

There are four public performances as listed below:

  • Thursday, 24th May at 7.30pm – Blue cast
  • Friday, 25th May at 7.30pm – Red cast
  • Saturday, 26th May at 2pm – Blue cast
  • Saturday, 26th May at 7.30pm – Red Cast

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for uni and school students and concessions. Tickets are available for purchase at the P&C shop (limited tickets will be available at the door before each performance).

Thanks in advance for your support.  We hope to see you at this year’s production.