Reviews

 

WHAT WAS THAT

 
Essence Productions, What Was That, Historical Mansion, Scary Tour Show, Melbourne

Tickets to this were a Christmas present to me as I go to these type of productions often. I had already learned about the famous  Melbourne family, the Chirnsides, but being in their manor house, Werribee Mansion was amazing.

MATT

Fun, interesting, funny, interactive. Gorgeous venue and wonderful actors made for a very enjoyable evening. Small group meant everyone could see and hear. Easy to find and great communication from the provider in the lead up to the evening.

Janeane

Received a voucher for my birthday and it was such a great surprise! Fun, interactive and spooky adventure. The hosts were funny and engaging. Would definitely recommend this for an experience out of the ordinary.

Lauren

The interactive play was brilliant! The actors relied solely on their acting skills, effective use of the setting and it's history. Around of applause for the two gentlemen working behind the scenes. They were not seen during the entire performance yet they supported the actors well. My wife and I had a great time.

Jay

The actors were great and included the audience very well. It was a great way to experience some of the history of the Mansion. As it was a balmy night - we were able to go out on the balcony to a full moon - which added to the ambience of the evening while we were having drinks at the end of the show - a great show!

NEDDIE

Enjoyed the historical content and theatrical display. Loved the performers who were not only entertaining but friendly and engaging. Do yourself a favour and buy your tickets now!

JOYCE

What a great experience. When we booked we weren't entirely sure what this theatre show had in store for us, but our expectations were exceeded. Quality acting and productions. Would highly recommend.

DAMIAN

The Werribee Park Mansion Night Performance was absolutely brilliant. If you want a good laugh and a couple of scares, the you will love this. It was performed by brilliant actors, whom we enjoyed chatting to after the event over a glass of bubbly. 

JO

What a fun evening! Loved the performers! Maggie the maid and Mr Duncan the butler were great comfortable in their roles and interacted with each other and the group very well. The beautiful mansion is the perfect setting for the story telling of the history of the original family and it was interesting seeing it in
this way. A well acted show with some comedy and a few scary moments! It was very enjoyable and can definitely recommend it to others.

Gillian

Really worth it! I was very nervous after reading that there were a few scary parts but it’s really worth it for a good night and a lot of laughs!

Aime

Down to Earth

 
Essence Productions Down To Earth Historical Farm Scary Tour Show Melbourne

Night theater performance at Werribee historic farm was a red balloon birthday gift. Highly
entertaining. Our hosts provided a strong performance that had the guests laughing at times and
jumping in fright at others. The stories combined local historical fact with such emotion that you
were taken on the journey back to life in the 19th century. Bravo and thank you for an
entertaining evening.

Michelle

All the emotions! Everyone had a great time with the characters and it was a great immersive
experience.

Kathryn

Great night's entertainment. Fantastic atmosphere wandering around the ancient farm buildings by lantern light.

Bob

What a great night. We highly recommend this to anyone. Great actors, well set up and
enjoyable evening which got the audience involved.

Kevin

This was my 2nd show with this company after having previously attended 'What Was That' at
the Mansion a few years back. Absolutely loved the experience and would recommend to locals
and visitors alike - topped off by drinks at the end of the show.

MATT

What a great experience! A fantastic night had by the entire family. Can't wait to book our 'What Was That' tickets.

Vicki

Authentic surroundings and great performance by the two actors together with the mixture of
young and older participants made this experience a memorable one.

JO

Great crowd involvement and very entertaining. Would recommend to anyone who was
interested in the 1860's history of the area.

Vicky

Point of no Return

 
Point of No Return Essence Productions Historical Drama Point Puer Port Arthur Australian History

Alaine Beek’s play manages to be historically responsible, educative, psychologically credible and entertaining to boot. Point of No Return is a naturalistic piece, an exceptionally well-made play, and Beek directs it like a screenplay. All the actors are set challenges, none more stratospheric than the guard’s scene with his mongrel dog. Phil Cameron-Smith’s performance has an eye-of-the-hurricane focus.

Chris Boyd,
The Australian

The dialogue is heartfelt and funny, the tension palpable, and the onstage action often surprising and fierce. Although the situation is outside most people’s direct experience, the audience can easily identify with the characters and become totally engrossed in the world that is being created before them. This is a truly beguiling piece of writing that also translates effortlessly onto the stage.

David Tredinnick,
Director, Writer

Everyone was blown away by the performance that was “Point of No Return’ . . . To the world around them, these boys were unwanted, they were forgotten, and they were
unimportant. But for those 80 minutes, they mattered. They matter to us. They became our
children, our brothers, our allies, who we worried about, who we cared for and who we long
to save. That in itself is the heart of this play- it serves as a reminder that no one is too hopeless to save. . . . It is through Alaine’s courageous writing, and the incredible performances of this wonderful cast, these boys and other boys like them, will matter.

Briellen Gibson,
Head of Drama, 
Frankston Highschool

A powerful story. a totally enjoyable and sometimes confronting performance. I loved every moment, congratulations

Nigel Sutton,
Director,
NDS Productions

 I write in support of this
engaging new historical drama. Much has been written and documented about Australia’s
convict heritage but little of the boys sent for rehabilitation to the Point Puer boys prison near
Port Arthur, Tasmania. Every character’s journey through the drama is crafted with aplomb by Ms Beek to create a compelling, moving and sometimes humorous story that is a triumph of the human spirit. Point of No Return is a play that has the possibility to tour, be staged by professional or amateur theatre companies or even schools. I have no hesitation in recommending Point Of No Return for production or publication.”

Andrew Blackman,
Director
Complete Works Theatre Company

The actors deliver highly convincing performances in which the depth of their bond and
affection is apparent. A play worth seeing.

Antonia Kent,
Independent Arts Journal

My gal pal Kate and I LOVED the show. We were into it the minute we walked into the theatre. Really enjoyed the story, the set and nod to our past. What a talented bunch of young actors too!

Rebecca Thompson,
Fairfax Media

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IN MY MOTHER's WORDS

In My Mothers Words written and directed by regular, Alaine Beek, is based on the playwright’s
own relationship with her mother and has a very human and poignant quality to it ….. The play
and performers move nicely through the emotions of frustration, annoyance, surrender and,
finally, connection. The concluding moments are most heart-warming.

Deborah Fabbro,
Victoria Drama League
SCRUNCH TEST

Alaine Beek’s ‘The Scrunch Test captures with honesty and delight a subject matter that is often
treated harshly and without understanding.

Suzi Robertson,
VICTORIAN DRAMA LEAGUE
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