“All locked away… no one can hold it against once it’s all locked away…”

London, 1848. Six women have been promised a clean slate on the other side of the world, in the new colonies of Australia.

Sealed off from the outside world, they cook, they clean, they sing, they sew – they practice the art of being female while they wait for their new lives to begin. But as the date of departure draws near, the women begin to wonder what reinvention will cost them. What will such promises make them do? And what about the fall yet to come, the tumble down the edge of the world to a far-away continent…

Inspired by the history of Urania Cottage, a home for “fallen” women founded by Charles Dickens, this imaginative new Australian work examines the forces that coax women into silence – and what it takes to break that silence.

August 15-26/ fortyfivedownstairs
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
Phone: 03 9662 9966



Throughout Australia’s history, an unknown number of Indigenous children have been forcibly removed from their families. Parents driven mad, grandparents heartbroken, siblings torn apart, language lost, and culture stripped away.

Using testimonials from the Stolen Generations, Noongar man Ian Michael invites you to listen in on the silenced stories of his country.





She Said Theatre uses performance to explore alternative histories, re-imagine forgotten stories, and encourage a theatrical dialogue with the unheard voices in Australian society. Founded as a direct response to the lack of creative leadership opportunities for women in theatre, we aim to create more active roles for women and other under-represented artists, to bring to life their skills in acting, directing, writing, production, and design. Together, She Said’s ever growing eclectic ensemble of artists share a passion for creating new text-based work from the ground up. These stories will be as playful as they are critically aware and as creative as they are grounded in the complex truths of contemporary Australian society. Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, She Said Theatre was founded in 2006 by co-Artistic Directors Penny Harpham and Seanna van Helten.

She Said Theatre acknowledges that we create and perform our work on traditional lands and we offer our respects to the elders of these traditional lands and, through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Photography credit/ Gabi Briggs



She Said Theatre is based in Melbourne, Australia, but we aim to travel widely. In 2016-2017, we have presented or developed work in Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, and across Victoria.

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