This is Eden comes to Drysdale

Emily Goddard – creator and performer and Green Room nominee – is bringing her award-winning play to the Potato Shed in Drysdale this November. Emily has performed on stage for companies including the Melbourne Theatre Company and Red Stitch, and on TV programs including Newton’s Law, Twentysomething and Cracks. Her play, This is Eden, won the Drama Victoria award in 2018 and was placed on the VCE Drama list that year.

1839. Cascades Female Factory, Hobart Town. In a solitary cell, on the edge of survival, a ‘sleek little savage’ waits alone in the darkness. Left for dead, ten thousand miles from home, she plots escape and reveals, with biting mockery, the untold tales of her captors. This is Eden is at once an examination of our dark past, a parody of the way we perceive it and a vital call to arms.” (

Directed by Susie Dee (SHIT, The Long Pigs, Savages), This is Eden brings to light the stories of female convicts who were imprisoned at Cascade Female Factory in Tasmania. It is a dark, humorous and provocative anti-bonnet drama inspired by the rebellion and resistance of the female convicts of Van Diemen’s Land.  Using the French clowning technique of Bouffon, where outcasts ridicule and provoke those in power, Goddard and Dee tread a fine line between the grotesque and charming to bring to life an extraordinary tale of rebellion and survival that has conveniently escaped our nation’s history lesson.

This is Eden is currently touring Victoria. Tickets for the November 9th performance at the Potato Shed can be found at


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