FROM CASCADES TO THE STAGE Female convict ancestry and the making of This is Eden - a talk with Emily Goddard.
The discovery of a previously unknown female convict ancestor led actor and theatre maker Emily Goddard to delve deep into the long-hidden stories of the female convicts of Van Diemen’s Land, discovering extraordinary tales of resilience and rebellion.
The Cascades Female Factory in Hobart detained and processed approximately 5,000 of the 25,000 female convicts transported to Australia during the transportation era, including Emily’s great great great Grandmother.
In this talk Emily shares her research and discusses the ways her discoveries of Cascades and her own family history informed and inspired the making of This is Eden.
Emily Goddard graduated from Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris in 2010, supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Empire Theatres Brian Boak Bursary. She has worked as a professional actor and theatre maker for the past decade across Australia and in the UK, for companies including MTC, Belvoir, Queensland Theatre, Malthouse and Red Stitch. Her critically acclaimed theatre show ‘This is Eden’ was winner of the 2018 Drama Victoria Award. She has been nominated for three Green Room Awards for Outstanding Female Actor, most recently for This is Eden.
NB. The play is being shown at the Empire Theatre on 6 August: https://www.empiretheatre.com.au/event/1012/this-is-eden