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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Fancy a trip to 1850s Geelong?

A unique community experience planned for next month will have you time-travelling back to Geelong in the 1850s.

On Saturday, April 10 from 4:30pm, the Arts Industry Commission project Geelong 1850s Outdoor Performance will take place in Johnstone park where the audience will be entertained through four historic scenes within the park space – Corio Bay, The Bush Inn, Western Gully and Goal.

MURRI:YUL Consultants, Heather Threadgold and Traditional Owner, Melinda Kennedy (both pictured) will be joined by Traditional Owner and renowned performer, Barry Gilson as they present historical Geelong, weaving Wadawurrung contexts with true tales of grit, live in squalor, bushranger exploits and other, little-know historical facts about Geelong in the 1850s.

Talented local actors and storytellers join in to help contribute to the atmosphere of a Geelong of days past. 

Make sure you bring a chair or rug to recline upon as the performance moves from space to space.

Book your free tickets now via Eventbrite.

This project is supported by the City of Greater Geelong through the Arts & Culture, Arts Industry Commissions.

“The Geelong 1850s Outdoor Performance is a fantastic opportunity to be learn more about our region’s Wadawurrung and bushranger history against the backdrop of our beautiful Johnstone Park,” said City of Greater Geelong Mayor, Stephanie Asher.

“Local storytellers and actors will make this immersive experience a truly unforgettable one.”

Heather Threadgold of Threading Gold Walking Tours said close to 3,000 locals had already experienced the 1850s tour.

“MURRI : YUL Consultants expands upon this and we are thrilled to team up with incredible local talent and Traditional Owners in presenting this exciting performance,” she said.

“We hope to see you there.”

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