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Reviews

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...

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
int...

August 11, 2018

“The actors deliver highly convincing performances in which the depth of their bond and
affection is apparent. A play worth seeing.”

August 11, 2018

“A powerful story. A totally enjoyable and sometimes confronting performance, I loved every
moment, congratulations.”

August 5, 2018

“I was fortunate enough to see an early iteration of Point of No Return in 2014. What’s
wonderful about this production is seeing how the text and performances have developed.
The play is based on a real detention facility for boys 10-20, near Port Arthur in the 1...

On the evening of Saturday 23 April, I had the good fortune to attend a performance

of Alaine Beek’s Point of No Return at the Wyndham Cultural Centre. I write in

support of this engaging new historical drama. Much has been written and

documented about Australia’s convict...

July 19, 2016

“Alaine Beek’s “Point of No Return” not only shines a light on a little-known aspect of

Australia’s dark convict past: remarkably, it also manages to paint a nuanced portrait

of male relationships, especially between those teetering on the verge of manhood.

The dialogue i...

June 23, 2016

“It was amazing seeing the true story about the boys at Port Arthur called Point of no

return. Congratulations to all the cast in doing such an amazing job. You all truly

expressed your parts, telling your story of the sufferings and the cruelty done to the

boys at that t...

June 6, 2016

“It has been my great privilege to work on Point Of No Return with Alaine Beek. Most

Australians are aware that the first convicts from Britain were sent to Port Arthur, but

this play depicts a very little known part of our rich history, the boys prison at Point

Puer just...

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