Essence Productions was founded by Alaine Beek in 2003 and is made up of 8 professional actors and 8 backstage crew. Alaine is the author of the productions although the team are always involved in a rigorous workshopping and devleopment process of any new production. Her two plays 'What Was That?' and 'Down to Earth' have been performed each weekend at Werribee Park since 2003 attracting over 15,000 guests from all over Australia. They are performed promenade theatre style. The mantra for Essence Productions is to bring fascinating Australian historical stories to life through live performance. Challenging, entertaining and engaging audiences is paramount in the process. The plays at Werribee Park are the highest rated product in the cultural/entertainment category on Red Balloon.
Her latest award winning play 'Point of No Return' has just completed its highly successful Victoria tour - Potato Shed, Wyndham Cultural Centre, The Melba Speigeltent, The Capital Bendigo and Frankston Performing Arts Centre.The play is published at www.australianplays.org. The Albury Entertainment Centre (after experiencing the show in Frankston), has booked the play in their main auditorium as part of the 2019 season (two shows July 24th). Alaine is currently working on other venues to build a 2019 tour. Her connection with schools and ability to engage them through in house presentations and post show Q&A received fantastic feedback. She will be offering similar school connections for venues as part of the tour. She is also organising specific performances for the hard of hearing through Auslan. All reviews, testimonials, production shots etc are updated on the production website www.pointonr.com
Point of No Return is a gripping drama based on the true story of the Point Puer boys prison at Port Arthur. It is about boys becoming men, power struggles, loyalty, betrayal, gang mentality, youth anger and challenging authority and even humour. With the latest escapes and riots in some of Australia's youth detention centres, the play is current and relevant with many of the issues that are present day closely paralelling those in 1832 at Point Puer.