April 6, 2020

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 opti...

July 27, 2019

Sensational! Shocking and brilliant. Great theatre. Powerful, well-polished performance with impeccable acting. Transcendence of stagecraft into actual belief which is extremely rare. I still live in fear of Hawkins and weep for Ardy. Makes 'Lord of the Flies' seem lik...

July 26, 2019

I took my Year 10 and Year 11 Drama classes to see Point of No Return in Griffith on 26th July 2019, for the Schools performance. The students were absolutely in awe from when they first sat down to the Q & A at the end of the performance. The fact of it being Verbatim...

September 8, 2018

Dear Theatre Works,

I write to lend my voice to Essence Productions’ application to BECAUSE NOW their remarkable
production, “Point of No Return”.
In 2018 Wyndham Cultural Centre presented this work to great success as part of our annual theatre
programs and in celebrat...

August 31, 2018

To whom it may concern,
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 settin...

To whom it may concern

Please accept this letter of support for Essence Productions and the work of writer and director, Alaine Beek.

Capital Venues & Events presented Point of No Return as part of our 2018 Theatre Season. This important and historically significant work...

August 22, 2018

To Whom It May Concern,
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
The play is written by an Australian author Alaine...

To whom it may concern,
Recently, I made the decision to take my Year 11 Drama students to see the performance of
Essence Productions’s “Point of No Return”, written and directed by Alaine Beek. I was
particularly interested in the historical aspects of the play, as it...

To Whom it may concern, 
I wanted to write regarding the plays of Alaine Beek, and in particular "Point of No Return'. At my
school I do a subject called Text to Performance. In this subject we take plays, read them and look at
the wider cultural context i...

August 16, 2018

“The prison for boys at Point Puer, near Port Arthur, was the first of its kind in the British
Empire. Thousands of boys, some as young as nine, were separated from adult male
transportees in the 1830s and taught religion and trades in the hope they could be turned

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