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2015 GAMAA FINALIST: Old Government House


The Voice in the Walls theatre project at Old Government House was an initiative of Old Government House at QUT’s Gardens Point campus in partnership with Imaginary Theatre Company to develop an innovative and fun way to interpret and present the historical significance of the House to a younger audience. The result was The Voice in the Walls theatre project, a unique combination of technology, history, time travel, and a healthy dose of creepiness aimed to engage children in an enjoyable, meaningful and lasting way.

The performance is a 50-minute activity in which the audiences, aged 9 to12, are central to the action. Each child is equipped with headphones and a wireless device, and is guided around the House by the voices of Victor Lamington (Lord Lamington’s son) and Mary, a servant girl. They are on a quest to find pieces of the puzzle to help right the wrongs of history. The performance is site specific to Old Government House, and the characters and events in the performance are based on historical fact. At various points in the performance the audience meet characters from the past, performed live by actors.

Old Government House Curator, Dr Katie McConnel, accepting a GAMAA Finalist award from Museums & Galleries Queensland’s Executive Director, Rebekah Butler, for The Voice in the Walls theatre project. Photographer LeAnne Vincent.


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