“All locked away, you said, no one can hold it against you once it’s all locked away.”
This April, Seymour Centre, along with She Said Theatre and award-winning independent theatre company, Sport For Jove, present the world premiere of Fallen by Seanna van Helten.
Featuring a diverse, all-female cast, this new Australian work is set in London in 1848 and explores six “fallen” women being given a second chance. Their pasts are behind them, and they 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, and they sew. They practice the arts 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 the real cost of reinvention might be. What is waiting for them in this far-away continent? Are they prepared for it? Are they truly ready?
Inspired by the history of Urania Cottage, a home for “fallen” women founded by Charles Dickens, this imaginative new Australian work asks – what happens when the promise of a clean slate is built upon the suppression of the past?
Presented by Sport for Jove Theatre Company & She Said Theatre
Written by Seanna van Helten
Directed by Penny Harpham
Fallen was developed with the support of Playwriting Australia at the National Script Workshop 2016.