Soldiers Under Sentence
AboutWe are excited to have developed an original script based on the events of what the papers of the time called "that fateful night", a full-length production to be performed on-site at the gaol.
An intriguing character drama that bends reality through the eyes of the downtrodden and tortured, the play - Away Without Leave, written by Ryan O'Connor - follows one character-concept, the PRISONER, who changes faces as they represent the infamous twenty-two.
"The PRISONER is demeaned by the COMMANDANT, the CORPORAL, and the NURSE, who tell him that they are trying to strengthen his morals. He is given demanding tasks to complete, such as remaining ‘at the double’ for hours at a time, harsh punishments for minor infractions, such as solitary confinement for three days if the WARDEN doesn’t believe enough respect is shown. Eventually, he manages to escape, cutting the telephone wires to the main office and using tins to scale the walls."
Old Geelong Gaol
202 Myers Street, Geelong Victoria 3220