She Said Theatre – Fallen

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She Said Theatre presents the Melbourne premiere of

Written by Seanna van Helten
Directed by Penny Harpham

All locked away… no one can hold it against you 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, clean, sing, and sew, and 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 unknown tumble down the edge of the world to a far-away continent

Inspired by the history of 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 on silencing your past – and what it takes to break that silence.

Currently based in Melbourne, She Said Theatre was founded in 2006 by co-Artistic Directors Penny Harpham and Seanna van Helten. The company 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, they 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.

After a highly successful Australian premiere season at Sydney’s Seymour Centre, She Said Theatre now bring their powerful new work to the Melbourne stage. Running this August at fortyfivedownstairs in the CBD, Fallen is a must see event on the 2018 Arts Calendar.

Directed by Penny Harpham
Written by Seanna van Helten
Performed by  Zoe Boesen, Gemma Bird Matheson, Jing-Xuan Chan, Tahlee Fereday,  Artemis Ioannides, and Veronica Thomas
Set and Costume Design by Chloe Greaves
Composition and Sound Design by Clemence Williams
Lighting Design by Rachel Lee
Production Management by Adelaide Harney
Image Credit by Sarah Walker

★★★★ – Time Out Sydney

“Fallen is fascinating.… an intriguing subject and a beautifully staged play.” – Limelight Magazine

“As a theatre company on a mission to amplify women’s voices in their work and in Australia’s theatre industry, She Said Theatre are proving themselves a force to be reckoned with.”Time Out Melbourne

15 – 26 August, 2018
Preview 15 August
Opening Night 16 August
Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Tickets: $43 Full, $33 Concession, $38 Groups 6, $25 Preview
Bookings: 03 9662 9966 and
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs – 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Running Time: 110 minutes no interval


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Photographer: Sarah Walker