This is Eden

By Emily Goddard

WINNER - 2018 Drama Victoria Award

NOMINEE - 2017 Green Room Award - Best Performer

☆☆☆☆ 1/2 -ARTS HUB


☆☆☆☆ - THE MUSIC


"Nauseatingly exquisite...if there is one ticket you buy this year, this is it." - BROADWAY WORLD

"As affecting and impressive as anything you will see." - AUSTRALIAN STAGE

"Goddard is nothing less than extraordinary" - STAGE WHISPERS

"Wild and Brilliant. Our favourite show of the year." - ACROSS THE AISLE


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.

From performer and theatre maker Emily Goddard (Angels in America, Noises Off, You Got Older) and director Susie Dee (SHIT, The Long Pigs, Savages) comes 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 premiered at the HotHouse Butter Factory theatre as a HotHouse production-in-residence, supported by Creative Victoria, followed by two sold out Melbourne seasons at Fortyfivedownstairs supported by Creative Victoria & The Australia Council, most recently as part of the 2018 VCE Drama Playlist. 

Stay tuned for tour updates!