A fascinating in-depth look at Alfred Deakin and the people who helped create Federation and Australian democracy.

What kind of people brought about Federation? Who was it that created Australia as a nation? Idealistic, complex, and energetic, yet to some modern eyes, limited by the beliefs of their era. The cause they strove for, the dilemmas they faced, are strongly relevant today, in a time of concern about globalisation, race, social inequality and national division. This richly textured and extensively researched play presents the complex vision and political, personal and spiritual life of Alfred Deakin, often called this country’s greatest Prime Minister.


Livestreamed Show: Jun 24 (Fri) 7:30pm


Written and Directed by Darryl Emmerson

Performed by Marco Lawrence, Christina McLachlan, Ezra Bix, Annie Ryall, Alex Thomson

Composer: Brett Wake

Musician: Joe Bourke

Movement: Janice Florence

Costumes and Set: Madeline Nibali

Lighting and Sound: Shane Grant

Stage Manager: Olivia Walker

Image by Stuart Sullivan


Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.