"Her Story' was right up there with the very best historical site interpretation I have ever seen. The highly professional presentation of one convict woman's life brought the whole structure, of which little remains, to a potent imagined reality. My friends, in their early 20s, were captivated, and could not help but use the long-vanished doorways as indicated in the performance rather than cross plain grass as we followed along. We were there in bright summer sun, but the performance in the shadow of the walls, with looming Mt Wellington behind, conjured the dark reality of the inhumanity of the system expressed in many ways and not least in the environment of high stone boundaries and unrelieved cold and damp. Yet there were still glimpses of resistance and agency and hope - it was excellent.
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