She Said Theatre is an independent theatre company based in Melbourne, Victoria. We create new Australian works that prioritise women and other under-represented artists both on- and off-stage. Our award-winning works have been seen by audiences across Australia and New Zealand, and critically praised for their amplification of unheard voices in our society.
This August, we will present the Victorian premiere of Fallen, created by She Said Theatre’s Seanna van Helten (writer) and Penny Harpham (director), at one of Melbourne’s leading independent theatre venues, fortyfivedownstairs.
Fallen is inspired by the history of a real home for “fallen” women in 1840s London founded by Charles Dickens. Julia, Martha, Isabella, Georgie, and Rosina are destitute, desperate, and have been promised a clean slate on the other side of the world, in the new colonies of Australia. Under the watchful eye of Matron, they cook, they clean, they sing, and sew, as they wait for their new lives to begin.
But as the date of departure draws near, the six women begin to wonder what reinvention will cost them. What will such promises make them do?
In a year in which women across the arts and entertainment industries (and many others) have broken the silence on the inequalities they face, Fallen is a landmark project that we believe will move and transform its audiences.
Following developments with Playwriting Australia, Women in Theatre & Screen (WITS), and a co-production in Sydney with Sport for Jove Theatre Company, we are thrilled to partner with fortyfivedownstairs to present Fallen in our home state of Victoria. Staged in a 19th-century building in the heart of the CBD, we will reimagine Fallen as a site-specific, intimate, and highly experiential theatre work that illuminates a forgotten story in the history of Australia.
She Said Theatre provides safe, artistically invigorating spaces for women theatre-makers – but we need to do more than this to ensure our ongoing success.
We are making a contribution to the project that will cover the venue hire and all of our production costs. With the venue booked and artistic team confirmed, our production will proceed.
However, rather than rely on our cast and creatives to do this project out of love, we need to pay them fair fees – and we want your help to do it. Your support will go directly towards the fees of all artists involved on Fallen – giving them the economic agency to create this story about women who have none.
DOUBLE YOUR DONATION
Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia and MATCH Lab, the first $7,000 we receive will be matched dollar-for-dollar – doubling the value of your donation. Plus, all donations over $2 are tax deductible. Our partner Auspicious Arts Projects will help us manage our budget, payroll, tax, and insurance compliance, and ensure all funds are acquitted and accounted for.
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