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Virtuosi Tasmania: Convict Monologues

5 August 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST

Tickets: Adult $30 | Concession $25 | Student $15

Convict Monologues is the result of a ten-month collaborative project in 2017 between Risdon Prison Creative Learning Program and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Outreach Program. Led by volunteer creative writing tutor, the Tasmanian author and playwright Paul McIntyre, inmates researched, wrote and performed a series of monologues based on the life and times of convicts who overcame the odds and forged a successful life in Tasmania post transportation.

TSO Australian Composers’ School alumnus Chris Williams was invited to write incidental music for the production and in July 2017, Chris travelled to Tasmania to join inmates for a detailed briefing and production planning meeting at Risdon Prison. The result was a hauntingly beautiful score that offered the audience moments of reflection between monologues and as well as acting as a vehicle to transition listeners into a different scene.

Since the initial production, Chris Williams has adapted the music from Convict Monologues several times, creating concert works for a variety of different sized ensembles as well as a suite for the original instrumentation of cor anglais, three violins, viola and cello.

Virtuosia Tasmania will also perform works by Josef Suk, Heinrich Ignacio Franz von Biber and Arthur Bliss.


  • Chris WILLIAMS | Convict Monologues
  • Josef SUK (1874-1935) | A Summer’s Tale, Op. 29
  • Heinrich Ignacio Franz von BIBER (1644-1704) | Sonata per due Corni Inglese
  • Arthur BLISS (1891-1975) | Quintet for Oboe and string quartet


  • Dinah Woods | cor anglais
  • David Harvey | cor anglais
  • Jennifer Owen | violin
  • Frances Davies | violin
  • William Newbery | viola
  • Martin Penicka | cello


MONA Organ Room, Berriedale
655 Main Road
Berriedale, Tasmania 7011 Australia
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