Voyage sailing to Stratford Courthouse

Voyage tells the story of immigrant women in 19th century Australia. Photo: Contributed

STRATFORD Courthouse Theatre will host the musical Voyage on Saturday, August 6.

It is April 1833, and a ship full of women leaves Britain, bound for Australia. With only a single box of necessities below deck, 287 single and free women must endure four gruelling months at sea.

What waits for them at sea will determine their survival. What waits for them in Sydney will determine their success.

Created by The Good Girl Song Project, Voyage is a new theatrical song cycle that explores the precarious lives of immigrant women in 19th century Australia.

Songwriter and musician, Helen Begley and actor and singer, Penny Larkins established The Good Girl Song Project to produce original song cycles with theatrical elements and accompanying workshops that explore Australian women’s history.

The project’s main objectives are to raise awareness of women’s stories and to invite audiences to reflect on women’s place in their personal and community histories.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for students and concession card holders.

Doors open from 7pm, and the Wits End Bar will be serving locally crafted beers, cider and wine by the glass.

Seats can be booked through the official courthouse website at www.stratfordcourthouse.com.au.