Actors bring island history to life
Allan Schintu with Helen Angell, Jay Couper and Josh Lang act out a scene on Rottnest. Picture: Michael O'Brien/The West Australian

The history of Rottnest Island is about to come to life in a series of "after dark" performances around the Thomson Bay settlement.

Original settler Caroline Thomson, controversial prison superintendent Henry Vincent and Aboriginal prisoner Johnnie Widgie Widgie will be among 30 characters who will appear in a series of vignettes and scenarios to be performed over the next three months, starting tonight.

Co-writer Helen Munt said the performance was designed to be historically accurate, entertaining and suitable for all ages.

Small audience groups will be guided through the settlement at night, stumbling upon people, stories and situations which highlight particular incidents and people from Rottnest's rich past.

"There will be spooky bits, tragic bits, funny bits - it will be a very emotional journey," Munt said.

"We have spent a year working on the storylines and I think we have come up with a very enjoyable show.

"While it is far more than just a history lesson, the audience will certainly come to appreciate how Rottnest has become what it is today."

The performances are collaboration between the Rottnest Island Authority and Scooplight Theatre.

Performances will run tonight, tomorrow night, July 27 and 28 and August 10 and 11.

The cost is $20 and special accommodation offers are also available.

Details are available at <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rottnestisland.com/heritage">www.rottnestisland.com/heritage </a> or by calling 9432 9111.

The West Australian

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