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Theatre, Musicals fortyfivedownstairs , Melbourne Thursday May 13 2021 - Sunday May 23 2021
A woman with long red hair and a woman with dark hair and a blunt fringe look down pensively. There is a painting of the ocean on the wooden wall behind them
Photograph: Supplied / Fortyfivedownstairs

Time Out says

This new Australian musical details the stories of women immigrating to Australia in the early 19th century

The stories of Australia's colonial history has been done to death, but a new musical from the Good Girl Song Project is sharing a different side of the country's past. Voyage is an Australian musical that details the stories and rarely covered history of single, immigrant women who freely chose to leave Britain for Australia in the 1830s. 

Written by Helen Begley with research conducted by Dr Liz Rushen, Voyage is about a different kind of "mateship" to the kind spoken of ad nauseum in Australia. This show is about female friendships, as well as migration, identity, colonisation and racism – importantly Voyage does not shy away from the intersection its story has with the destruction of Indigenous cultures in Australia. Wiradjuri woman and Aboriginal consultant, Nola Turner-Jensen, shared knowledge and helped guide the musical, editing the script to accurately reflect how First Nations people, and especially First Nations women, were devastated by colonisation.

Two actors (Penny Larkins and Carly Ellis) portray 13 characters across the 90 minute production, with a team of three musicians (Kylie Morrigan, Penelope Swales and writer Helen Begley) performing seventeen songs that hark back to the folk songs of actual early immigrants to Australia. 

Voyage is showing at Fortyfivedownstairs from May 13 to 23. You can also see it at Bendigo's Capital Theatre on May 3 and 4, and at the Potato Shed in Geelong on May 12. 


Venue name: fortyfivedownstairs
Address: 45 Flinders Ln
Transport: Nearby stations: Flinders St
Price: $35-$49

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