You, Me & Friends “Fun Activities” *** Outdoor Theatre “The Ship That Never Was” ***

Apr 23: “Taste of Tasmania” Tour

After arriving in Strahan mid-afternoon, we strolled down to the outdoor theatre to see Australia’s longest running show, “The Ship That Never Was”. Starting in 1985, this show is an old fashioned pantomime that tells the story of a band of convicts’ blundering attempt to escape Sarah Island through wile, deception, and misfortune, as they steal an unseaworthy boat with the dream of sailing it to South America. In true pantomime style, the cast is made up of 2 actors, and 20 parts filled by the audience.

The outdoor stage provides a unique backdrop, with the majestic Macquarie Harbour setting the scene. As the performance begins, the talented cast brings the tale to life with wit, charm, and a touch of improvisation. We found ourselves engrossed in the comical reenactment of the convict’s grand plan to sail away to freedom.

What sets this experience apart is its engaging nature. Visitors not only witness the story unfold, but some are recruited as impromptu actors, adding an element of unpredictability to each performance. The humour and camaraderie shared by the cast make ‘The Ship That Never Was’ a delightful and memorable experience for all ages.

Beyond the entertainment value, the play serves as a reminder of Tasmania’s rich and colourful history. It’s a light-hearted yet insightful glimpse into the resilience and resourcefulness of those who sought escape from the hardships of convict life, making it a must-see attraction in Strahan for both history enthusiasts and those simply seeking an enjoyable theatrical experience.

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Oh my gosh, we all had a fantastic day out. Thank you so much. I really didn’t expect to like all those weird and wonderful snacks during the "Curious Food Train" activity, and didn’t think they would all participate. The staff all keep thanking us for such a great day. Looking forward to next years event!