Sweet Peas!

My neighbour says that if people knew about the lovely Sweet Peas all around the garden at 19 Blue Self Contained Holiday Cottage only 15 minutes from Hobart, they would be flocking here. Well they do flock anyway . We have some availability in January but get in quick because word is getting around that 19 Blue is special!!

They Have a Glorious Scent.

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Let’s Treasure our Literacy!

Can You read and write? Are you literate? I know I take my ability do so for granted. In the character of Mary James, told in Her Story she, like many of the convict women, was illiterate. Not so much has changed as Margaret Burns told me after Her Story today when we have come out of character and are getting to know our audience. Margaret used to work in Corrective Services in NSW prisons teaching inmates to read and write (sadly the funding was cut, what’s new?). She described teaching a big, tattooed man in his mid-thirties to read and the tears that rolled down his cheek as he read his first words.
Nothing much has changed since the Cascades Female Factory was operational.
Pictured are Margaret Burns and her friend Judy Hiscock who were moved by Her Story today.

Margaret and Judy After Her Story .

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Her Story Really Engages Primary School Students

St Mary’s College Visits Her Story.
It was HOT today but that didn’t stop 2 classes from St Mary’s College enjoying the experience of Her Story this morning at the Cascades Female Factory. The students were wonderful – so engaged and attentive. Her Story is such a wonderful way of presenting our convict women’s history to anyone but particularly to school students, some of whom may be temped to think that history is boring.
Not the way Live History Plays does it!!!

St Mary's Students in the Probation Yard.

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Sisters of Charity Visit Again

Once again the Sisters of Charity visiting group experienced our wonderful play Her Story yesterday and they LOVED it. The Sisters of Charity used to walk up the Rivulet and visit the Catholic convict women continuing their ministry, which was started in Ireland, of visiting prisoners. The group sang the words of Abide With Me with Mary and it rang out around the prison walls. Evocative? YES!!!

The Sisters of Charity organisation have commissioned Live History! to write and perform a play at their National Conference next year in May.  We, and they, are very excited about this project!!

The Sisters of Charity Group visit Her Story

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Mary’s New Jacket.

Mary has a new smock/coat. Judith is always on the look out for additions to our Live History wardrobe and this warm smock/coat caught her eye at last Saturdays’ South Hobart Primary School Fair. Perfect for Mary James in our production of Her Story at the Cascades Female Factory every day @ 12 noon.

Mary Wearing her New Smock Just About to Start Her Story.

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Self Contained Holiday Cottage Close to Hobart with Chooks!

Guests love staying at 19 Blue our Holiday Cottage in Blackmans Bay.  There are so many reasons why it is so popular but one of them would be that guests can come down and visit our four Barnevelder chickens and bring them any food scraps they may have. We call them The Alices because we can’t tell them apart.  The Alices live the life of Reilly with a sun umbrella to protect them on hot days or rain and straw to scratch around in.

Recently The Alices had some lovely clean straw courtesy of the Richmond Strawberry Farm (and Gumtree) – they

The Alices and their Sun Umbrella

love it!!

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Her Story Popular with All

It’s not often that teenage boys are interested in history, especially women’s convict history But Jesse McKenzie proved the exception. Jesse, his parents and sister came to experience Her Story today. His parents had been before and loved it so much they wanted to bring their 2 teenage children who both loved our play.
Jesse was such a willing participant in the interactive parts, hiding the tobacco for Mary and telling the Doctor that she was being mistreated! During the time in the Chapel he even insisted on giving Mary her tobacco back because it was safe to do so then! Thanks Jesse and all the McKenzie family for your enthusiastic support.
If you are looking for educational, yet entertaining, really unique things to do in Hobart don’t miss our forty five minute play Her Story at the Cascades Female Factory daily at 12 Noon.

Jesse McKenzie from Melbourne Loved Her Story.

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The Sisters of Charity Visit Again.

The Sisters of Charity Visit Again!
We had a particularly large group yesterday on our play Her Story at the Cascades Female Factory. Some of them appeared to be from a religious order as they wore crosses and head coverings.
Sure enough when it came time for Mary to sing “Abide with Me” in the Chapel, our came their song sheets! The Sisters of Charity regularly include Her Story in their itinerary when ever they have visiting personnel. Not only do they enjoy our brilliant play but it echoes their own history when Sisters would walk up the Rivulet to minister to those long ago convict women. Because they are in the “know” they also have the words to the old hymn with them………….

BTW the singing was magnificent and very moving as it bounced off the old convict sandstone walls.

Pictured are Sisters of Charity from around the world; Ireland, Zambia, Nigeria and the USA.

Sisters of Charity From Around the Globe.

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Apple for the Teacher Award

Apple for the Teacher Award.
Hayley Simpson of Snug Primary School must be an exceptional teacher. Not only has she won the Apple for the Teacher Award but she chose to sell the prize of an Apple I pod/watch to enable her class to come to the Cascades Female Factory to learn all about convict women through some activities and to experience the drama Her Story. As it happened, it wasn’t necessary because 7 HO FM heard about it and offered to pay for the excursion! The students attended today and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thanks to Hayley they now know so much about female convict life via the teaching skills of Anton and Esther and the performance skills of Chris and Judith at Live History Plays. Thank you too to 7 HO FM!

Snug Students on Her Story.

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Winter is Still Here!

The weather has been a bit challenging for us at Live History Plays this week. Why is it that as soon as the calendar says it’s Spring the weather turns more wintry than ever? It started to pour yesterday just as we started Her Story and didn’t let up until we had finished. We made a quick decision and decided to take our audience (including a tiny baby and a toddler) upstairs under the cover. Everyone was so grateful!!!

We have an Undercover Option Upstairs

A Snowy Spring Day.

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