BTP presents: Children of the Black Skirt

The Bay Theatre Players major production, The Children of The Black Skirt, opens next Friday, October 22.

Children of The Black Skirt will run from Friday, October 22 until Sunday, October 31. Children of The Black Skirt is an evocative play which explores history, reconciliation and the power of storytelling. In this Bay Theatre Players production, three young actors will take on the roles of more than 18 characters, ranging from sweet and innocent young children to scandalous and disgraceful old men.

Michaela Burtenshaw provides a commanding and chilling performance as the Governess of the Orphanage. After moving away from the area she grew up in, Michaela is so glad to be back and able to reconnect with the magic of Bay Theatre Players.

Michaela says of the production "I love the style of the play and the way the girls jump in and out of characters. I love the content of the play and how thought-provoking the script is."


Director/producer/costume maker/set painter Lyn Sterling says "It's been a tough time rehearsing via Zoom and in the park to keep the small cast connected and enthusiastic. It is wonderful to be back in the theatre again and able to open our doors after a short delay. "Opening night is Friday 22nd October and we run till 31st Oct. We will be following covid regulations and guidelines but hope everyone will come out to support us. This is an Australian Gothic Theatre piece and something a little different for BTP. "Tickets are on sale now at www.trybooking.com."

Cast of Children of The Black Skirt, Milly Shanahan, Michaela Burtenshaw and Scarlett Lane "We have been supported by an amazing team and had accent coach Lynette Wheatley and Cultural advisor Patricia Ellis (Local Yuin Elder) involved. The journey of discovery about Australia's history of the plight of lost and forgotten children from convict times through to the stolen generation is told through spirit stories enacted by the children in the orphanage," Lyn said.

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