Her Story

Mary James is Sent to the Infamous Crime Yard

Her Story is a sister production to Louisa’s Walk; it takes place entirely around Yard One of the Female Factory and lasts for just forty five minutes. Her Story leaves from the Visitor Centre of the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site at 11 a.m every morning and tickets are just $ 20.00.

Since January 2012, Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) have taken over the running of the Cascades Female Factory and have developed a strong relationship with us at Live History Productions. I love the word “symbiotic” and I think it describes what we have developed with PAHSMA – we supply the script and the talent and they supply the marketing and other support. So, you will be seeing quite a lot of advertising for Her Story in the weeks to come.

Her Story tells the tale of Mary James (not her real name) who was convicted in 1832 for stealing a square of silk. She got seven years. She came out on the transportation ship the Frances Charlotte in 1833.

Whilst there are strong similarities to Louisa’s story Her Story stands alone and many people elect to experience both. We have been surprised by the reaction from our audience members at the end of Her Story as the stories are quite different yet equally powerful! In contrast to Louisa’s Walk the audience doesn’t befriend Mary James. Indeed she is a “private person who doesn’t share her hopes or her dreams” (her words). Yet, at the story’s conclusion, people are often so moved they need a few moments to recover!

"When you are in this place you do not speak!"

Louisa’s Walk is still growing in numbers and popularity and we continue to love what we do in telling Louisa’s story as well as Her Story! However, if you are short of time then Her Story gives you a shorter option. Bookings and further information – Phone the Cascades Female Factory on 03 62 336656.

The Outer Wall of the Cascades Female Factory