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Prison & Power - Performances in the Separate Prison

In this harsh and beautiful place, the settlement of Port Arthur was expected to function effectively and efficiently. This took many people, who each brought and added their own character. In “Prison & Power: Coercion & Corruption in a Convict Settlement”, a series of three ‘sketches of life’ will introduce you to some of those who held authority - prison wardens, overseers and a Commandant - as well as the convicts who were under their control. Set in the mid 1800’s, a time of no internet, no telephone or even a road, the stories come from real people and the struggles they faced.


Please allow 90 minutes for the experience starting at the Visitor Centre and walking to the Separate Prison for the start of the performance.

Thursday -Saturday from 5pm – 6.30pm

Sundays from 4.00pm - 5.30pm


Adult $27

Concession/Child $15

Family $75

Children aged 17 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.



The performance is located in the Separate Prison a moderate 10 min walk from the Port Arthur Visitor Centre. Please arrive 15–30 minutes before the scheduled performance time, to allow time to check in and walk to the Separate Prison.

Category Arts