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Point of No Return (VIC, Australia)


1 Jun - 8 Dec 2019

Short Synopsis

Point of No Return is a gripping drama based on the true story of the Point Puer boys' prison at Port Arthur.  It is a highly energetic riveting play that centres around a group of youths and a guard struggling to survive the prison.  A new young convict, Jeremiah, is introduced affecting each member of the group.  The themes of juvenile incarceration are still relevant today especially with the recent riots and escapes at Don Dale, Parkville and Malmsbury.   Does punishment work? Can we rehabilitate them? How do we rehabilitate them?   It is published at www.australianplays.org.

We have just completed a highly successful Victoria tour (Drysdale, Wyndham Cultural Centre, The Melba Collingwood, The Capital Bendigo and Frankston Performing Arts Centre).  Point of No Return has been selected to be part of the Albury Entertainment Centre's and Griffith Regional Theatre NSW as part of their 2019 season.  This tour could be extended.  We would also like to tour Point in 2020.

Reviews Feature

Alaine Beek’s play manages to be historically responsible, educative, psychologically credible and entertaining to boot.  Point of No Return is a naturalistic piece, an exceptionally well-made play, and Beek directs it like a screenplay.     Chris Boyd, The Australian 1.8.18

 All the actors are set challenges, none more stratospheric than the guard’s scene with his mongrel dog. Phil Cameron-Smith’s performance has an eye-of-the-hurricane focus. Chris Boyd, The Australian. 1.8.18

Alex Roe was tremendous in the role of Bones, giving a compelling, grounded performance of a complicated man.  Australian Arts Review August 2018

Phil Cameron-Smith gave a brilliant performance as Hawkins, a dark, percussive character trying to survive as much as his charges are. Australian Arts Review. August 2018

“The actors deliver highly convincing performances in which the depth of their bond and affection is apparent. A play worth seeing.” Antonia Kent, Pop Culture-y.com – August 11, 2018

A powerful story. A totally enjoyable and sometimes confronting performance, I loved every moment. Nigel Sutton, Director, NDS Productions

Every character’s journey through the drama is crafted with aplomb by Ms Beek to create a compelling, moving and sometimes humorous story that is a triumph of the human spirit. Andrew Blackman, Director, Complete Works Theatre Company

The dialogue is heartfelt and funny, the tension palpable, and the onstage action often surprising and fierce. Although the situation is outside most people’s direct experience, the audience can easily identify with the characters and become totally engrossed in the world that is being created before them. This is a truly beguiling piece of writing that also translates effortlessly onto the stage. David Tredinnick – Actor, Writer.

Everyone was blown away by the performance that was “Point of No Return’ . . . To the world around them, these boys were unwanted, they were forgotten, and they were unimportant. But for those 80 minutes, they mattered. They matter to us. They became our children, our brothers, our allies, who we worried about, who we cared for and who we long to save. That in itself is the heart of this play- it serves as a reminder that no one is too hopeless to save. . . . It is through Alaine’s courageous writing, and the incredible performances of this wonderful cast, these boys and other boys like them, will matter.

Briellen Gibson, Head of Drama, Frankston High School.



Written By
Alaine Beek
Directed By
Alaine Beek
Phil Cameron-Smith
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