‘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.

THE Story

The show places itself in Australia’s complex colonial past. In the midst of convict boats arriving each week from Britain, a different cargo leaves for Australia. On board are 287 single and free women. They have been promised good wages, good work and good marriage prospects in the new colony but to claim their new life they must first survive the voyage and then the colony.
This semi-staged ‘folksical’ sits somewhere between ballad opera and song cycle. The crystal clear song-writing incorporates both original and well-loved traditional folk tunes and showcases a fresh female perspective of an early Australian immigration story. The work is written by Helen Begley and based on the academic research of Dr Elizabeth Rushen.


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


We are excited to be taking Voyage to New Zealand this month.  We will be performing at the Globe Theatre in Palmerston North on 24th October.  On the 25th October, we will be running a song writing workshop in the morning before heading off to the...


We are heading to the gorgeous village of Cobargo on the Southern Coast of NSW to present "Voyage" at the Cobargo Folk Festival. We hope that you can join us. There's a stellar line-up, a promise of good weather and a friendly festival, what more could you ask? See...

“Voyage” November 17th Healesville Music Festival

We're really excited to be a part of this year's Healesville Music Festival. Check out their website for a list of great acts. We will be appearing on Saturday 17th November at 10.45am at the Uniting Church Hall - best brunch before you come or hold off until...


We're looking forward to Spring 2018. Helen has started writing the much anticipated songs for Part 2 of "Voyage" and we have lots of lovely shows coming up. We kick off our spring dates at The Produce Store in Mansfield on Friday 28th September. See our gig page for...

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