‘Voyage’ is a universal journey story combining Australian history, new Australian song writing and three female leads that speak to the unknown history of Australian women.
It begins on the pier at Gravesend and moves shipboard between England and Sydney. Three young women are pushed through the migration process and the experience of life aboard an immigrant boat. All hope for a better life in Australia at the end of their voyage.
The little know story is based on the academic work of Liz Rushen and brought to life by songwriter, Helen Begley with original songs and a script devised from eyewitness accounts from the 1830’s. The work is currently being performed by Penny Larkins (Vocals), Penelope Swales (whistles and vocals), Jamie Molloy (concertina and vocals) and Helen Begley (Guitars and Vocals)
Bibliography: Single and Free by Liz Rushen, Fair Game by Liz Rushen, The Merchant’s Women by Liz Rushen, Damned Whores and God’s Police by Anne Summers, Lifelines by Dale Spender and Patricia Clarke, Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women by Jenny Hartley, The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes