DOWN TO EARTH - is a roaming play performed at Werribee Park historic farm that combines history, comedy and scary elements.
Following the success of ‘What Was That?’, the production ‘Down to Earth’ opened on the 24th April 2009.
Keeping with the engaging mixture of history, mystery and comedy, this play takes us further back in time to the more rustic life of the farm worker. In contrast to the grandeur of Werribee Park mansion, 'Down to Earth' gives the audience an opportunity to immerse themselves into the daily life and eerie darkness of a 19th century farm.
The Play Setting
Set in 1862, Down to Earth is based on farm life in rural Victoria. Specifically, Werribee Park which was owned by the wealthy Chirnside brothers, Thomas and Andrew. Wool was their sole industry and the farm employed around 300 workers.
The audience arrives as new workers at Werribee Farm. Head boundary rider, Joe Higgs who is followed closely behind by Esther McLeod, head cook at the Men’s Hut, will be your guides. Throughout the night, you will be treated as new farm workers which leads to much interaction and fun.
But, the fear of Black Anny is forever present and as guests there’s much you will see and hear that can be strange and even frightening. You may question what is real and what is not. Listen and watch very carefully. Keep very close together and be forever vigilant, for anything can happen on this mysterious little farm.
A note on Black Anny
Across Europe there was a legend that tells of Black Anny, or Black Annis, an ancient bloodthirsty goddess. She was an evil hag who frequently committed murder. She was said to choose children as her favoured victims.
Legends often result from a lack of understanding of the causes of sudden death, especially the death of children often due to, as yet, unexplained diseases.
Black Anny was one of those legends. Centuries ago many folk believed this creature to be absolutely real. It was greatly feared and the legend spread to other countries. It is hard to imagine what it would have been like for those travelling at night.
The utter darkness would have been terrifying and set imaginations running wild.