Point of No Return
When: Wednesday 24 July, 7:30pm
Where: Albury Entertainment Centre, Swift Street, Albury
Price: Adult $36.00, Conession $30.00, Group 4+ $30.00, Member $28.00
Point Puer Boys’ Prison is located on a peninsula next to Port Arthur prison in Tasmania. Established in 1834, it was the first of its kind for the British Empire and an experiment that aimed to rehabilitate young offenders. On opening, there were 68 boys aged from 10 – 20. The boys were given some opportunities to learn a trade, read and write. But, this was sporadic and depended on the skills and attitudes of the guards, many of whom were once prisoners at Port Arthur. Living conditions were rough and punishments were often brutal.
Point of No Return centres on a group of young convicts transported to Point Puer. The group face terrible hardship and strive to find hope for a future beyond the horrors of prison life. The leader of the group cleverly protects his gangs and fights to keep them together. Their guard, Hawkins, has the difficult task of keeping them under control yet secretly protecting them from other guards who are playing their own brutal game. A new young convict arrives and challenges the dynamics and relationships of the group.
A lost piece of history. Fascinating - Unforgettable
Alaine Beek’s play manages to be historically responsible, educative, psychologically credible and entertaining to boot. - The Australian.
A powerful story. A totally enjoyable and sometimes confronting performance, I loved every moment. - Nigel Sutton, Director, NDS Productions
The actors deliver highly convincing performances in which the depth of their bond and affection is apparent. A play worth seeing. - Antonia Kent, Pop Culture-y.com