Based on the true story of the Scottish born and bred Chirnside family who built Werribee Park mansion and was one of Australia’s most powerful landowners in the 19th century. The focuses on the unique characters Thomas, Andrew, Mary Chirnside and the son Andrew Spence.  It follows their rise to power but also the challenges and heartaches they faced as a real family struggling to survive and be accepted in this, for them, new country.


Shepherd Kings has been intensively researched, developed and was experienced by a test audience as a rehearsed reading in 2015 with an overwhelmingly positive response.  

Shepherd Kings, Essence Productions, Historical Drama, Australian History, Victorian History,

Written by Alaine Beek

Fully Developed Script

Cast - 1 Female, 2 Male

Duration - 85 minutes

Suitable Ages - 12+

 This production is planned to be performed summer 2020/2021 at Hasties House at Werribee Park. 

Funding support to get this historical Australian play off the ground is welcomed.