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From 6th to 22nd April, Sport For Jove and She Said Theatre will present the Sydney premiere of the new Australian work, FALLEN, as part of The Seymour Centre’s Reginald Season.
Set in London in 1848, FALLEN is Inspired by the history of Urania Cottage, a home for “fallen” women founded by Charles Dickens. Six women have been given a second chance. Their pasts behind them, they have been promised a clean slate on the other side of the world, in the new colonies of Australia.
Sealed off from the outside world, they cook, they clean, they sing, they sew – they practice the art of being female while they wait for their new lives to begin. But as the date of departure draws near, the women begin to wonder what reinvention will cost them. What will such promises make them do? And what about the fall yet to come, the tumble down the edge of the world to a far-away continent...What is waiting for them? Are they prepared for it? Are they ready?
Developed with the support of Playwriting Australia at the National Script Workshop 2016, and following on from its successful first public reading at the WITS Festival Fatale, Sport For Jove and She Said are excited to bring this imaginative work to the Reginald Theatre stage.
"Fallen is the story of six complex female characters who have been told by their society that the ways they have been living their lives aren't right” said Director Penny Harphan. “They are trapped by their circumstances - as women, we understand that often there isn’t a sole antagonist in our lives, we’ve grown up understanding that oppression is much more structural and often more subtle and more difficult to disentangle ourselves from - and that is the struggle of all of the characters in Fallen”.