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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
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If you are interested in Australian history - don't miss it
Forgotten - Lost Voices.

Forgotten - The Play. Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Ride a roller-coaster of emotions in this Parramatta Female Convict Uprising in the play, Forgotten, by acclaimed playwright, Cate A fully professional production by young drama graduates.

Be ripped from child, friend, family to be deported into forced labour. Never to return. Despair of entrapment in Parramatta Factory, when Matron's son steals their food and they starve, yet no one believes them. Laugh at their wry wit in the most perilous conditions.

Photo courtesy of Cate Whittaker.


Sense the noose as they go on strike. Cheer their victory in dodging bullets and bayonets to push down the gates of injustice and tell the colony they've been starved. Be moved by the compassion of new sisterhood and the devastating tragedy of banishment.

Photo courtesy of Cate Whittaker.


In history, there are only a handful of female uprisings and one happened here, in Parramatta. The Female Factory Site is of World Heritage Significance.

Photo courtesy of Cate Whittaker.


These convict women's determination to survive the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of Government Assignment and Factory Prisons, ensured one in seven Australians were born.

Photo courtesy of Cate Whittaker.


The women ran shops, taverns, farms, banks, workshops and homes. Their heritage helped make Australia the first country to allow women to enter Parliament.

Photo courtesy of Cate Whittaker.


This play can be seen at the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema on the following dates:

Friday 27 January 2023 at 2:30pm
Friday 27 January 2023 at 8pm
Saturday 28 January 2023 at 2:30pm
Saturday 28 January 2023 at 8pm


Cate Whittaker Playwright -Social Historian Adult Educator.
BA hons Econ Hist Soc, MA hons Col. Historical Thesis, Cert Ed, TESOL, textbook writer, editor, and playwright has written the play Forgotten.

Cate Whittaker Playwright. Photo courtesy of Wiki.


In this play, she takes you to the core of the convict uprising at the Parramatta Female Factory in 1827. "British Historians had chosen to ignore it because it was women, it was convicts, it was Catholics. Deportation was the cruellest, most callous of all penal systems because it robbed women of their children, their partners, parents, siblings and friends,'' Ms Whittaker said.

One in seven Australians descend from these women.

MEET SOME OF THE CAST.

Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Anna Clark plays Phoebe.

Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Ash Kurian plays Isabella.

Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Casey Martin plays Catherine.

Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Dominique Purdue plays Aggie.

Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Ebony Tucker plays Mary.

Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Flynn Barnard plays Marsden and the Police Commissioner.

Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Heather Tleige plays Matron Raine.

Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Jason Jefferies plays John and James.

Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Liz Grindley plays Annie.

Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Lucy Hadfield plays Susanna.

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Madeleine Wighton plays Martha.

Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Mitchell Lewin plays a Policeman and Wentworth.

To learn more about the cast and creatives, click on the following link: riversideparramatta.com.au/show/forgotten-2023

This play could not be produced without the creative expertise of the following:
Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Madeleine Diggins Director.

Photo courtesy of the Riverside Live Theatre and Cinema.


Raechyl French - Voice Coach.

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Laura Cameron Photographer.

Over the years, I have put together a number of other articles about what has happened at the Female Factory at Parramatta. Click on the following links to read more.

History, Her Story, Our Story - Bicentennial Dedication.
www.weekendnotes.com/history-her-story-our-story-bicentennial-dedication/

It's a Riot 195 years on.
www.weekendnotes.com/its-a-riot-parramatta-female-factory122209/

If you are into Australian history, this play is one not to be missed.
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Why? You wouldn't want to miss this one!
When: 2.30pm and 8pm
Phone: 02 8839 3398
Where: Lennox Theatre
Cost: $15 TO $45
Your Comment
I had the absolute pleasure of attending this great play with my wife on the Friday afternoon courtesy of the Riverside Theatre. Now I have been to a number of plays over the years and some I found myself being bored at.

Forgotten was not one of them! It had me wanting more.
Both of us thoughly enjoyed the play and the actors were brilliant.
Who else has been to the play and what did you think of it?

The session that we went to at the Riverside Theatre had the capacity of around 230 and I would say that there were about 20 seats empty.

Maybe you can catch one of the last two sessions that are on today.
by Gary Brown (score: 2|498) 10 days ago
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