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WHAT WAS THAT?

The Show is performed in the Werribee Park Mansion at night each weekend, is a roaming play that combines history, comedy and scary elements.

AS WONDERFUL AS THE MANSION IS BY DAY, AT NIGHT IT TRANSFORMS INTO A STUNNING THEATRICAL SETTING WHICH YOU ARE ABOUT TO EXPERIENCE.....

This play was first performed June 23rd, 2003

 

The Setting


What Was That?” is set in the 19th century.  It is based on the true story of the Chirnside family.  Brothers, Thomas and Andrew Chirnside, who came out from Scotland to Australia in 1839.

Told by two fictitious characters; Maggie, the head maid and Mr. Duncan, the butler, you will be transported to another time.


It is July 1908 and visitors, the mistress, Mary Chirnside, has died tragically only three weeks ago.  Since then there have been many unusual occurrences in the house.

Despite these circumstances, the only two remaining servants, Maggie and Mr. Duncan have tried to remain positive.  They are awaiting the arrival of their new masters, who have purchased the property.

UNIQUE VIEW OF 'WHAT WAS THAT' FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF OUR AUDIENCE

Performance of What was that?A candid look at the show from the other side...  a video taken from the perspective of the audience.

WERRIBEE PARK

Located 35 minutes West of Melbourne, Werribee Mansion is a living, breathing postcard of 19th century Australia.  Wealthy sheep farmers built 'the Mansion'.  The Italianate-style architecture and its Victorian period interiors are as inspiring today as when it was completed in 1877.

Werribee Mansion is surrounded by 10 hectares of formal gardens, widely attributed to W.R Guilfoyle, Curator of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens.  The gardens feature a parterre, which is a geometric garden design best viewed from the mansion balcony, pond and original grotto.  The grounds are superbly maintained and there is no trouble finding a shaded spot to enjoy the peace and quiet.

Situated behind Werribee Mansion in a separate wing is the Mansion Hotel and Spa.  The luxurious hotel offers five star accommodation with day spa and restaurant for a luxurious getaway.