Venue Reviews


Director and Playwright Alaine Beek's POINT OF NO RETURN is a powerful, moving and intriguing look into a bleak and little known piece of Australian history. With a talented cast of versatile young actors it vividly brings to life, through the raw, angry yet still optimistic perspective of the young protagonists,  the cruel and brutal world of early colonial Australia. Alaine worked tirelessly to help us promote the show to local schools, and those who attended were unanimous in their praise. The  generosity and honesty with which Alaine and the cast responded to audience questions during the post-show Q and A, was unparalleled, and one teacher commented this session alone was worth a month of classroom learning.

Raina Savage
Manager, Griffith Regional Theatre



We recently booked two performances of Essence Production’s “Point of No Return”, written and directed by Alaine Beek.   The production formed part of the 2018 Theatre Season at the Potato Shed  - Bellarine Multi Arts Centre at Drysdale.


The setting was perfect -  the set simple yet extremely effective, the soundtrack and lighting working so well in an intimate space.    The audience were taken on an incredible  journey – back to Tasmania back hundreds of years – to the halls and the scrub -  and into the hearts of the young convicts.  The  writing and the character development along with some outstanding performances touched all who viewed the production. 


I would recommend  this work to a varied audience, it has appeal to many, to students for history, to emerging actors and writers to show what is possible, with hard work and determination, or to anyone who loves history or just enjoys theatre.      This work reiterates the importance of theatre, and theatre for and by young people,  and again shows the important role theatre plays in educating audiences – no matter what age.


I wish Alaine and the cast and crew  of “Point of No Return”, all the success in staging the production again and again, this is a work that deserves to be seen by many.  It is produced and presented with utmost professionalism and has strong marketing materials and media.   The production is affordable and is quite simple to stage and I would recommend any venue to seriously consider booking “Point of No Return”.


warm regards 

Rob McLeod

Venue Manager

The Potato Shed

City of Greater Geelong






On behalf of Frankston Arts Centre (FAC), I am writing to support the production of Point of No Return that we presented as part of our 2018 Season. The play is written by an Australian author Alaine Beek and explores a little known but interesting part of Australian history – the first boy’s prison, Point Puer built in 1834 opposite Port Arthur Tasmania. We had an extremely positive response with schools, with 81 students from two local schools attending the performance. They were highly engaged by the performance and also benefited from the opportunity to speak with Alaine prior to the performance. This enriched their experience greatly and Alaine’s knowledge, passion and warmth in delivery was truly welcomed. It was an excellent “add-on” that we could offer to our schools and provided true insight into the making of the production. I highly recommend this new Australian work and hope that it is able to tour extensively. The professionalism and quality of Essence Production was excellent and there is no doubt that this riveting production easily engaged with our audience. If you would like to discuss the production further please contact me on 0404738978.

Yours sincerely, Tammy Ryan Frankston Arts Centre 03 9784 1705




Please accept this letter of support for Essence Productions and their intention to tour Point of No Return to outer metropolitan and regional Victorian venues in 2018.

By presenting this performance in Bendigo, there is an opportunity for our community to see a piece of Australian writing that not only tells an important part of our history but has strong links to the current issues around juveniles in detention.

I am also encouraged by the potential links to the senior school curriculum and the strong potential for engagement with schools in our region.

Alaine is an experienced educator and an enthusiastic advocate for the piece. I am encouraged by her proposal to provide pre tour presentations and workshops in the region and her intentions to promote active discussions about the work.

Stephen Henderson


Yours Sincerely


Stephen Henderson

Venue and Event Coordinator