Written by Alaine Beek, these historical plays focus on the pastoral history of Victoria in particular the Chirnside family.
Combining history, comedy and scary elements, these events are a fascinating and fun.
'Down to Earth' and 'What Was That' run between 80-90 minutes and include a glass of wine at the end of the performance.
For larger groups (40-56), both plays can run simultaneously.
Down to Earth
‘An old mystery - an exciting adventure.'
Step back in time to experience life in the original homestead and other rural buildings at Werribee Park.
But beware, the mythical creature ‘Black Anny’ is on the loose.
A fantastic fun and interactive event. Learn more...
What was that?
Combining history, mystery and comedy, 'What Was That?' tells the true story of the Chirnside family who lived in the magnificent Werribee Park Mansion.
Be captivated, be scared, have fun! Learn more...
Live Theatre and Learning
“No body of men ever created so much wealth in so short a time. The squatter founded Melbourne whose history from first to last is unprecedented and unequalled in the annals of colonisation.”
Edward Micklethwaite Curr, author ‘The Australian Race: It’s Origins, Languages, Customs.
History in a nutshell – Werribee Park
Werribee Park encapsulates this history through the preservation of it’s gardens, farming area and of course, the magnificent 60 room mansion.
The Chirnside family who built the Mansion in 1877 represent the influx of families from Britain in the early 19th century who could claim land and build a life farming livestock (referred to as squatters). The Chirnside family built one of the largest pastoral empires in Victoria with almost all their income from selling wool. Arriving from Scotland in 1839, they built their wealth to the point where they had 90,000 acres of land in the West of Victoria alone. The Mansion showcases not only the grandeur of an historic Mansion but tells the story of their wealth and eventual fall of this pioneering family.